Video shows burglars raiding Mag Mile luxury boutique on Christmas morning

A burglar tosses an armload of purses into a trash bin during a Christmas Day burglary at Bottega Veneta, 800 North Michigan Avenue. | Chicago Police Department

Chicago — Newly released surveillance video shows a three-man burglary team raiding a high-end Magnificent Mile boutique on Christmas morning. Chicago police released the footage as they try to track down the thieves. CWB Chicago first told you about the break-in last month.

In the footage, three burglars arrive at Bottega Veneta, 800 North Michigan, in a white van around 4:37 a.m. One man gets out of the vehicle with a tool, possibly a sledgehammer, while the other two climb out with large blue trash bins.

After the first man breaks through the store’s front glass, the trio makes entry and loads the trash cans with the store’s pricey purses, which frequently retail for more than $4,000 each. Here’s the video Chicago police released today:

CPD also released descriptions of the three suspects:

  • a thin Black male wearing a black hooded jacket with light-colored pants and white shoes
  • a Black male with a medium build wearing a black hat, black hooded jacket, dark pants, and black shoes
  • a Black male with a large build wearing a black hat, a black jacket with a fur-lined hood, dark pants, and black shoes

Tips can be shared with CPD’s organized retail theft task force at 312-746-9661. The case number is JF-522073

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