CHICAGO — The crash-and-grab burglary crew that slammed a car into a Magnificent Mile department store early Monday is the same group that has committed similar crimes recently downtown, in West Town, and in Wicker Park, Chicago police say.
Up to eight masked burglars were seen outside Neiman Marcus, 737 North Michigan, after a Nissan sedan plowed into the store’s front doors around 4:33 a.m. Monday. CPD said the crew failed to get inside the store, and the offenders fled in three cars, leaving the Nissan lodged in the storefront.
In a community alert issued Monday evening, Area Three detectives linked the Neiman Marcus incident to other crash-and-grabs, many of which were successful.
Police said the group plowed a car into Endless Supply Sneaker Boutique and Little Black Dress in the 700 block of North Franklin on October 24. Both stores were looted by the crew, who fled the scene in a pickup truck, an Infiniti, and a gray Maserati, according to a Chicago police document.
City surveillance cameras recorded video of the crew circling the area and loading merchandise into vehicles before police arrived.
Early the following day, they did the same thing at Flee Club, a sneaker store at 2221 West Taylor and Louis Vuitton, 919 North Michigan. Both attempts failed, officials said.
The next morning, October 26, they struck again at Boneyard Chicago, a high-end sneaker boutique at 1102 North Ashland, and Unique Chicago, 1839 South State. The Boneyard burglary failed, but the crew stole a significant amount of merchandise from Unique Chicago, according to CPD reports.
Urban Jungle, 1369 North Milwaukee, was hit early on October 28. The burglars left a stolen Jeep sitting on the salesfloor.
Early on Halloween, the crew plowed another stolen Jeep into the side window at Round Two, a sneaker resale shop at 1501 North Milwaukee. Unfortunately for the burglars, the car struck a structural pillar in the wall, which stopped the Jeep in its tracks and caused the SUV’s airbags to deploy. The burglary failed.
CPD arrested two men after a crash-and-grab crew burst into Tops and Bottoms, 3900 West Madison, on Halloween evening. A law enforcement source said that the men appeared to have been passersby who took advantage of the compromised storefront after the burglary crew left.
CPD’s alert said the group consists of up to six Black males and one Black female who wear face masks and dark clothing.
Information about the crimes can be shared with Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. The alert number is 23-CWP-051B.