Gang of 14 Chicago thieves ransack Louis Vuitton store and make off with $120,000 in brazen daylight robbery
A gang of 14 thieves stole about $120,00 worth of merchandise in broad daylight from a Chicago-area Louis Vuitton store as the Windy City’s rampant crime spreads to its posh suburbs, police said.
Shocking video shows the gang entering the store at the Oak Brook Center one at a time on Thursday after an armed guard went on a short break.
Once they were all inside, the thieves pulled out trash bags from their coats and jumped to every corner of the store, stuffing their bags full of designer products.
Some of the thieves took everything they could carry by hand, and in seconds, they all ran out of the store, located about 18 miles west of downtown Chicago.
So far this year in Chicago, thefts have seen a 14 percent spike, jumping to 11,093 from 9,424 in 2020.
A gang of 14 thieves entered a Louis Vuitton store in Chicago’s Oak Brook suburb and made off with about $120,000 worth of stolen goods
The gang had waited until an armed guard went on break to make their move
Some of them stuffed trash bags full of designer products while others took everything they could by hand
In mere seconds, the thieves made off with the Louis Vuitton merchandise
The guard at the luxury story quickly returned to the scene and tried to stop the gang, but they got away in three separate vehicles, Oak Brook Police told Fox News.
Officers were able to find one of the vehicles, a Dodge Charger, on Friday, which had been reported stolen last month in Chicago.
The other two vehicles were believed to be a silver Lincoln MKZ and a red sports car.
Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger said police now have vehicle and license information on the suspects.
‘We’re nailing down all those leads now, our detectives are out working those leads,’ he told Fox.
The crime took place at the Oak Brooke Center on Thursday afternoon
The store holds a variety of good, with bags and purses that cost as much as $3,000
The number of criminals and target mirrored a similar theft a month ago just 30 miles away
Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger said police were chasing down leads and working with the state attorney general to see if the two robberies were connected
The incident mirrored a robbery at a Louis Vuitton store last month only 30 miles away in Northbrook.
Northbrook Police said a gang of 13 thieves and three getaway drivers targeted the Louis Vuitton in the Northbrook Court Mall, stealing about $66,000 worth of products on October 7.
‘We don’t know if there is a connection yet, but certainly there are similarities and our investigators are talking to their investigators,’ Kruger told ABC 7.
Oak Brook police are working with the Illinois attorney general to see if the two robberies are connected.
Although overall crime has gone down by 1 per cent, robberies have soared by 14 in Chicago