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Car crashes into Manny’s deli, flees

Police are looking for a white Chrysler that crashed into the window of a popular Near South Side deli early Saturday and then fled.

A car plowed into a tall glass window and a thick brick wall about 2-1/2 feet tall at Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen, 1141 S. Jefferson St., between 2:45 a.m. and 3:20 a.m., police said. The car then fled.

The wreck knocked the wall over, destroyed the glass, and left a hole that is about four feet wide and six feet tall, police said.

Kenneth Raskin, owner of Manny’s, said that a window was broken in a private dining room that was far from the food, cafeteria or cash registers.

“It didn’t affect business at all,” Raskin said. “It was a pretty lucky place to get hit.”

While a device that detects motion captured photos of passersby on foot, it didn’t get any footage of the car. But police found debris from the damaged car, including a partial taillight, which could have come from a 1990s Chrysler Concorde or Cirrus.

Police said a deli employee or owner was inside at the time but didn’t hear anything. The damaged window was boarded up later Saturday morning.

Raskin said he had “no clue” as to the dollar amount of damage to the deli but expects an insurance investigator Monday to inspect it.

The establishment is closed on Sunday. Raskin said that the deli will open Monday as scheduled.

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