Video: Shoplifters walk out of Lincoln Park store with armloads of winter coats

Video posted to Facebook this weekend shows four adult shoplifters casually strolling out of a Lincoln Park store with as many coats as each one can carry. Meanwhile, a stunned store worker trails behind, seemingly helpless to do anything about it.

Marshall’s “just got they dumb ass got” Facebook user Binky GZ wrote in her Dec. 13 post. “They walked out this bitch with hella coats.”

No doubt about that.

Video is rolling as the men walk past the check-out lines one-by-one with piles of winterwear.

The second thief has so many coats in his arms, he can barely see over the top of the stack as he walks.

But the third man has more style, preferring to keep his haul of about 10 coats neatly arranged on their hangers as he hot-foots it toward the door.

This thief takes a more organized approach as he keeps the stolen coats’ hangers for easy toting. | Facebook

The fourth thief takes the opposite approach as he nonchalantly removes coats from their hooks while he walks toward the exit — and then throws the hangers on the floor.

“These the boosters that gne beat yo ass if yu touch them,” Binky GZ wrote.

Earlier this month, we shared a YouTube video in which a Chicago woman expressed amazement as she discovered that one of the city’s Walmart stores had secured its entire men’s underwear aisle behind shatterproof locked doors.

We reported on Oct. 16 that shoplifting reports are up 20% over the past three years in Chicago. Suburban retailers have blamed the increase on a decision by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to take a softer approach to shoplifting cases. Foxx has instructed her attorneys to reject felony-level retail theft charges unless a person is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise at a single event. An exception may be made if the accused thief has more than 10 felony convictions in their past, Foxx instructed.

So far this year, Foxx’s office has rejected 69% of Chicago police officers’ requests for felony retail theft charges, according to data released by her office.

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