After shoplifting raids failed at two popular targets near the Magnificent Mile on Saturday afternoon, one of the city’s ubiquitous theft mobs succeeded in taking about $10,000 worth of merchandise from the crime-weary Burberry store, 633 North Michigan, a couple of hours later, according to a CPD report.
Three men wearing masks and gloves entered the company’s flagship store around 6:30 p.m. and ran out with two coats and four purses worth about $10,000 total, an officer said, citing initial estimates.
That’s a relatively light haul for a three-person team, and it’s one of the least damaging thefts Burberry has experienced lately.
According to witnesses, the men escaped in a car that was waiting for them in an alley north of the store.
Earlier on Saturday, a group of about ten men wearing ski masks exited two SUVs and tried to enter Moncler, 33 East Oak, at 4:30 p.m.
But the store, which is keeping its doors locked to ward off retail raiders, didn’t let them in.
A witness reported that one of the men shouted, “you got lucky,” as they all returned to the SUVs and headed east on Oak Street.
A few minutes before the failed Moncler raid, the same group was seen outside Ikram, 15 East Huron. Once again, they were turned away before entering the store.
Burberry lost over $100,000 in merchandise to burglars who broke through the store’s front door on January 4 and again on January 6.
An off-duty Chicago police officer was injured during a shoplifting raid as she worked private security at Bottega Veneta, 800 North Michigan, on January 23.
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