Shoplifting teams swarmed two Ulta Beauty stores, robbed a third location this weekend

A shoplifting team struck Ulta’s Lincoln Park location on Saturday afternoon. | Google

Two Ulta Beauty locations were targeted by shoplifting teams and a third was robbed over the weekend, according to Chicago police. Two juveniles are in custody and detectives are trying to determine if the girls were involved in all three incidents.

A group of shoplifters raided the beauty chain’s Wicker Park location, 1300 North Ashland, around 8 p.m. on Saturday, employees said. Police were told that a group of men and women were accompanied by young children as they ran in and out of the store, breaking displays and stealing merchandise.

Then, two locations were targeted on Sunday.

Police went to the Lincoln Park location at 2754 North Clybourn around 12:45 p.m. after workers reported that a three-woman shoplifting team stole an estimated $5,000 worth of cologne and fragrances. One thief had red braided hair and another had black braided hair, according to employees.

Three hours later, a female with red braids and another with black braids were arrested when they allegedly robbed the chain’s Loop location at 1107 South Delano.

A store employee said one of the women displayed the butt of a handgun during the robbery around 3:30 p.m. A security guard chased the two offenders, which allowed police to locate and arrest them nearby.

One of the offenders is 16-years-old, according to a police department spokesman. The other, he said, is 15-years-old. No weapon was found. Charges are pending.

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