The Coach flagship store on Michigan Avenue is one of three businesses targeted recently by a burglar near the Mag Mile, according to a CPD alert and police records.
And, a shoplifting mob stole $18,000 worth of purses from a high-end retailer on nearby Rush Street last week.
Area Central detectives said in a business alert that a burglar is shattering glass doors to access businesses on Michigan Avenue and in nearby Streeterville.
The burglar is responsible for at least three break-ins over the past month:
- on the 200 block of East Grand around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 21
- on the first block of East Illinois around 5:45 a.m. on Sept. 27
- on the 600 block of North Michigan at 5:45 a.m. on Sept. 28
Several purses worth thousands of dollars were taken during the latest burglary, which targeted the Coach store at 625 North Michigan, according to police records.
Police described the burglar as male, African-American, 5’6” tall, and 140 pounds with a dark complexion.
Anyone with information about the break-ins can contact Area Central investigators at 312-747-8380 regarding pattern #P19-1-341BA.
A five- or six-person shoplifting crew escaped with an estimated $18,000 worth of handbags last week from the Christian Dior boutique, 931 North Rush, according to police records.
Police said one member of the crew held the store’s front door open while the other team members collected merchandise and ran away.
Witnesses said the thieves appeared to be teenagers.
No one is in custody. Police offered no description of the thieves.
Shoplifting reports are up sharply along Rush Street’s high-end retail strip, CWBChicago reported last week. The shoplifting surge is also apparent in other retail districts and in citywide retail theft statistics.