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Shoplifting mobs have targeted Magnificent Mile stores at least eight times since June 5th, according to an alert issued to businesses on the famed retail strip.
All of the incidents listed on the CPD alert occurred on the 400 block of North Michigan Avenue, usually in the afternoon or evening hours. Reports of shoplifting groups are a daily occurrence along Boul Mich, but Sunday’s alert from detectives is an indication that investigators believe the listed crimes were committed by a specific group of people.
Teams of men and women are entering stores, loading merchandise into bags, and running out the door, police said. The mobs pulled off thefts on June 5th, 12th, 14th, 15th, and 17th. And twice on the 18th. They returned last Monday evening, police said.
Detectives said the groups consist of between one and six black men and between one and three black women, all of whom are between 18- and 25-years-old.
Anyone with information about the crimes or the offenders may contact Area Central investigators at 312-747-8380.