September 18, 2008
Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday on a Bucktown rooftop, where he was possibly electrocuted while breaking into a vacant North Side warehouse.
The man, who remained unidentified early Thursday, was found dead on the roof at the 2000 block of North Ashland Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Pronouncement information was not available.
Police responded to reports of an unresponsive man on a rooftop at 6:34 p.m., police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
A postal worker riding a nearby Metra train into Chicago saw the man on the 1 ½ story warehouse Monday and Wednesday and called police after seeing the man a second time, Shakespeare District police said.
Authorities are investigation the possibility the body -- a white man in his mid-30s -- was electrocuted while trying to break into the building, possibly to steal copper wire. Burglary tools, such as wire cutters, and “pry bars” were found near the body. There were also signs of forced entry, Shakespeare District police said.
No signs of violence were found on the man’s body and foul play is not suspected. There was no indication anyone else was involved, and the man apparently did not have identification on him, police said.
An autopsy is planned for later Thursday.Grand Central Area detectives are investigating.