Chicago police detectives have released new information about a group of burglars who have been targeting cosmetics stores after an Ulta Beauty store in Lincoln Park was targeted for the second time Thursday morning.
At about 6:42 a.m., a newer gray Cadillac sedan pulled up to the 1000 West North Avenue store, and at least one burglar forced their way through the front door, police say. The prowlers gathered bottles of high-end perfumes, including Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Yves Saint Laurent, then sped away.
Cops briefly tracked the getaway car by following a GPS tracker secreted in one of the perfumes, but no arrests have been made.
The same Ulta store was burglarized at 4:02 a.m. on December 5. The police believe the same crew is responsible. Detectives have also linked the group to Ulta burglaries in the following locations:
- 2700 block of North Clybourn at 2:30 a.m. on November 15 and 3:20 a.m. on December 10
- First block of South Halsted at 3:05 a.m. on November 15 and 6:40 a.m. on December 10
- 1300 block of North Ashland at 3:30 a.m. on December 5
CPD said the group breaks the store’s front window or uses a pry tool to force their way through the front door. After they gain entry, they haul away perfume and cologne from the displays.
The burglars used a dark green Dodge Charger in many of the previous burglaries, police said. They described the burglars as two or three Black males between 16 and 20 years old who wore ski masks, dark hoodies, and dark track pants with white stripes.
In the hours leading up to the November 15 break-ins, the crew robbed or carjacked victims in the 1800 block of West Belle Plaine, the 5300 block of North Damen, the 4400 block of North Lincoln, the 2200 block of West Irving Park; the 900 block of West Grace; and the 3500 block of North Clark, CPD’s previous alert said.
Information about the burglars can be shared with Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. The community alert number is 23-CWP-065A.