One day thieves stole handbags worth $35,000 from Burberry’s flagship store on Michigan Avenue, another raid unfolded just up the street at Gucci on Friday afternoon. Chicago police suspect the same offenders are responsible for both crimes.
A CPD spokesperson said five thieves entered a retailer on the 900 block of North Michigan and took property around 4:41 p.m. The spokesperson did not name the business, but a police report said it was Gucci.
After grabbing a substantial amount of high-end merchandise, the crew escaped in a Nissan Maxima that appeared identical to the getaway car used by the Burberry raiders. The vehicle was last seen heading south on Michigan Avenue. No estimate of losses was available.
An officer at the scene who reviewed surveillance video described the clothing worn by four suspects, all of whom were believed to be Black males in their 20s:
- a red hoodie, black pants, and black shoes
- a black hoodie, blue jeans, and black shoes
- a red hoodie, blue jeans, red shoes, and a black face mask
- a black hoodie, black pants, and shoes that are white and black
On Thursday, four men entered Burberry at 633 North Michigan and stormed out with stacks of purses at 12:35 p.m., according to a CPD report. One of them punched a woman in her arm as they escaped, police said.
According to a CPD spokesperson, the crew escaped in a stolen 2018 Nissan Maxima. CPD records show it was stolen in Hyde Park on Wednesday evening.