Shoplifting Mob Hits Southport Store On Black Friday; Also, $500 Bail For Armed Shoplifter On Mag Mile

About eight thieves mobbed a Southport sporting goods store Friday afternoon, then fled with pricey winter coats.

The crew entered Uncle Dan’s at 3551 North Southport around 2:30 p.m., witnesses said. Four Canadian Goose brand coats were quickly scooped up and the entire team fled.

Canadian Goose’s website shows coat prices starting at about $500 and going as high as $1,700.

Police believe two get-away cars were involved. One was a blue Taurus with a temporary license tag that begins with 567T. It was last seen speeding northbound on Southport.

Descriptions of four primary offenders were available:

1) Male, black, early 20’s, 5’10 to 6-feet tall, 160 pounds, jeans.
2) Female, black, early 20’s, 5’6” tall, 120 pounds, jeans
3) Male, black, early 20’s, 5’9” tall, 160 pounds, jeans
4) Female, black, early 20’s, 5’6” tall, olive green jacket, maroon pants, white gym shoes.

$500 Bond For Allegedly Armed Shoplifter

Spencer | Chicago Police Dept

An Englewood man who was allegedly armed with a handgun when he tried to shoplift from a Michigan Avenue store last Friday morning is free after posting bail of just $500.

H&M security said they saw Ronnel Spencer using wire cutters to remove sensor tags from clothing that he proceeded to put into a backpack at the Magnificent Mile shop, 840 North Michigan. Spencer ran out the door, but was captured nearby

Police said they were escorting Spencer to H&M’s loss prevention office when he tossed a loaded .38 caliber handgun as they walked through the accessories department.

Prosecutors charged the 27-year-old with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon—concealed and misdemeanor shoplifting.

In court, Cook County Judge Anthony Calabrese set Spencer’s bail at just $500.

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