Smash and grab burglars ram car into Chanel store, but the door holds fast

The Chanel store at 65 East Oak Street. | Google

CHICAGO — Smash-and-grab burglars tried, but failed, to ram a car through the front door of the Chanel store on Oak Street, according to Chicago police officers at the scene.

Cops responded to calls of a car plowing into the pricey boutique’s front entrance just after 5 a.m. The store’s burglar alarm was activated, too.

But the front door proved to be more than the Nissan sedan could handle. It was damaged, but there did not appear to be anything stolen from inside the store. The would-be burglars were gone when the police arrived.

An officer in the Loop radioed that he saw a small black car with heavy front-end damage barreling through all the red lights along Michigan Avenue after the burglary call came out. It was last seen heading west on Roosevelt Road.

A group of accomplices seemed to trail the Nissan in another vehicle, which had stolen plates, an officer radioed.

The burglary attempt came two weeks after thieves successfully broke into the DIOR Chicago store, 931 North Rush, on July 3.

Cops who responded to the store’s burglar alarm found the rear entrance pried open around 10 p.m. The thieves were gone, as was $40,000 to $60,000 worth of merchandise, according to an initial estimate.

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