Video shows Ulta Beauty shoplifting crew filling garbage bags with merch

Less than a week ago, we told you about groups of shoplifters who are raiding Ulta Beauty stores and walking out with garbage bags full of merchandise. Now, we have video of a raid unfolding as the garbage bag teams continue to strike on a near-daily basis.

The @CPD1617Scanner Twitter account released today’s remarkable video, which was reportedly captured at Ulta’s Norridge location Saturday. Police said the thieves got away with merchandise worth about $10,000. Watch:

Similar raids are being reported regularly. Around noontime on Monday, September 27, a crew of men and women pulled off an identical heist at Ulta’s 1000 West North Avenue store in Lincoln Park. Saturday, the company’s South Loop store at 1107 South Delano Court was hit. On Sunday, they raided the Lakeview store at 3015 North Clark.

The South Loop store has been repeatedly targeted, as has the company’s Mag Mile flagship, according to CPD records. In fact, the Michigan Avenue location was targeted three times between August 27 and August 31 alone.

The Ulta thieves are suspected of being the front-line soldiers of an organized operation that sells stolen name brand merchandise online at deep discounts.

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