CHICAGO (CBS) — Police raided a popular pizza restaurant on Wednesday morning, assisting the Illinois Department of Revenue with an unspecified criminal investigation, sources told CBS 2.
Chicago police officers and employees with the city’s building department were taking pictures inside the Parlor Pizza restaurant, 405 N. Dearborn.
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Parlor Pizza is tied to a state investigation with police and investigator presence at locations now.
Employees that showed up to work were turned away.
Closed by city’s Department of Buildings.
— Tara Molina (@TaraMolinaTV) October 27, 2021
Investigators were also at the restaurant’s Wicker Park location, 1824 W Division St and the West Loop location, 108 N. Green. Agents were seen sitting inside the West Loop shop with stacks of boxes, CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek reports.
Parlor’s West Loop location closed and quiet from the outside but several law enforcement officers are sitting inside, with boxes stacked on tables @TaraMolinaTV @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/5pQGMHVSg3
— Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) October 27, 2021
Employees who showed up to work in River North are locked out and had no idea what was going on, CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported.
In a statement, the Illinois Department of Revenue said: “In the event of potential violations of the Illinois Tax Act and related offenses, our Bureau of Criminal Investigations will investigate potential violations. The Illinois Department of Revenue cannot comment on ongoing investigations, however, or their existence.”
An official with Chicago’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Department said the restaurants have active, applicable licenses and “are in good standing.” The Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was not part of today’s action.
An attorney for Pizza Parlor declined to comment.