A shooting that left a man in critical condition near the Magnificent Mile on Friday evening may have direct links to the area’s ongoing problem with shoplifting mobs, according to law enforcement sources.
Shoplifting crews raided at least two more stores along the Magnificent Mile on Thursday. And, CWBChicago has learned, overnight burglars are continuing to target retailers downtown and on the Clybourn retail corridor.
Ridership on the CTA’s train system remains significantly lower than during the pre-COVID era, but city statistics show that robberies and violent attacks on the L system from downtown to the North Side are at their highest point in at least ten years.
Stolen U-Haul trucks. Suspiciously-timed gunfire. License plate tracking data. Those are just some of the puzzle pieces that have Chicago police leaders concerned about overnight raids on the city’s retail corridors in the days and weeks ahead.
A South Side alderman says looters struck her ward Friday evening as police confirm groups of men successfully raided a Mag Mile department store and tried to break into a Loop footwear shop around the same time.
Police found shell casings, but reported no injuries after shots were fired near the Lake Shore Drive S-curve early Thursday. A driver who was pulled over during the investigation is charged with having a gun in his vehicle.
Prosecutors say cops found two guns inside Nicholas Sayegh’s $300,000 Rolls Royce in River North. It’s a bad break for Sayegh, who recently completed probation for allegedly having 148 pounds of pot in his Streeterville apartment.