Updated 05/17/13 – 6:34 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) –A suburban woman’s claims that a mob of young men threatened her on Michigan Avenue in broad daylight and took cash and jewelry worth more than $135,000 from her are not true, Chicago police said Thursday night.
The purported victim, a 68-year-old Homewood resident, told authorities she was accosted by a group of six to eight African American men while walking in the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue around noon Wednesday, in front of Saks Fifth Avenue. She said they demanded her purse and pieces of valuable jewelry.
“Right away, one took my purse, and then the other one said, ‘Either you take off your jewelry or I will,’” the victim told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot on Thursday. “I’m a little lady, and they were big.”