Cops: Burglary of Mag Mile Neiman Marcus linked to other downtown business break-ins

Whoever threw bricks through the windows of Neiman Marcus to steal pricey handbags that were on display has struck before, Chicago police say.

About $5,000 worth of merchandise was taken in the smash-n-grab burglary early Wednesday at the high-end retailer’s 737 North Michigan location, according to initial reports.

Late last night, police issued a community alert that links the Neiman case to seven other business break-ins around River North, Streeterville, and Lincoln Park.

Between one and three offenders are prying doors and breaking glass to get inside businesses during overnight and morning hours, according to the alert. Once inside, they gather up expensive clothes, wallets, purses, and cash.

In addition to the Neiman Marcus burglary, detectives believe the same people targeted businesses on the 600 block of North State on Dec. 18; the 400 block of North State on Dec. 26; the 900 block of North Rush and the 1900 block of North Clybourn on Dec. 28; the 100 block of East Oak on Jan. 9; the 600 block of North Michigan on Jan. 26; and the 700 block of North Wells on Feb. 1.

Police did not provide descriptions of the burglars.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding pattern P19-1-434E.

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