CHICAGO — It’s been a rough month for Galleria Liquors, the upscale spirits shop with locations in Old Town and Lakeview.
Both locations were burglarized overnight. It’s the fourth time the Lakeview shop, 3409 North Southport, has been broken into four times since New Year’s Eve. Burglars have now busted into the Old Town location, 1559 North Wells, three times since Christmas.
Over the weekend, a shoplifting crew raided the Southport store, hauling away a supply of Casamigos tequila and Svedka vodka. Chicago cops arrested three people in that case, the only arrests made in connection with any of the crimes.
All of the burglaries have gone down the same way: a group of men wearing hoodies break the store’s front glass and load liquor into a vehicle. The vehicle is usually stolen, too.
Last night, the burglars were seen leaving the Old Town location around 4:50 a.m. in a maroon SUV, according to police. The same group is suspected of hitting the Lakeview shop and a Sephora directly next door around 3:23 a.m. Also burglarized overnight were Liquor Expo, 2154 North Halsted, and a high-end sneaker store in the 100 block of North Peoria.
CPD reports indicate Galleria Liquors’ total loss, including cash and merchandise, is well into the five figures.
On Sunday afternoon, three people walked into Galleria Liquors’ store on Southport. Police say one of them threatened an employee as the group hauled away bottles of Casamigos tequila and Svedka vodka worth $269.
After the theft, the trio went to the Southport Brown Line station, jumped the turnstile, switched to the Red Line at Belmont, and headed into the Loop.
Chicago police transit officers stopped the train at Roosevelt and arrested three people who matched the thieves’ descriptions: Chantel Jones, 23; Richard Suddoth II, 19; and Thomas Collins, 22.
They were each charged with misdemeanor retail theft and theft of services and subsequently released by Judge Ankur Srivastava.
Jones has no other background. The other two guys can’t say the same.
In fact, we wrote about Collins in February 2020, when prosecutors charged him with committing two robberies on the Red Line in the Loop. He eventually pleaded guilty in exchange for a pair of concurrent 4-year sentences, according to court records.
Prosecutors at the time said he threatened to shoot a 14-year-old boy if the kid did not hand over his valuables while riding a Red Line train near the Roosevelt Red Line station around on January 8, 2020. Two days later, Collins allegedly displayed the handle of a handgun as he robbed a 16-year-old boy on a Red Line train at State-Lake, police said.
He’s been arrested several times over the past year. He is on pretrial release for a felony shoplifting charge he picked up after allegedly trying to steal clothing from a Foot Locker in Country Club Hills on October 12.
According to court records, just two days before the Foot Locker incident, prosecutors dropped another shoplifting case he faced for allegedly stealing clothing worth $189 from a Marshall’s in Rogers Park.
And eight days after the Foot Locker arrest, he got arrested in the South Loop for allegedly punching a Jewel-Osco security guard in the nose. Prosecutors dropped the case on November 28.
Suddoth has been charged with misdemeanor retail theft from Macy’s, 111 North State, twice since November. The first case was dropped on November 28. A month later, he got arrested again as he tried to walk out with cologne gift sets worth $590, according to the allegations.