Smash And Grab
Eight men, all from Chicago, were taken into custody in Edina, Minn. after walking out of a Louis Vuitton store with $20,000 in merchandise.
Around 5 a.m., thieves used a crowbar to pry their way inside Moncler, at 33 E. Oak St., and then smashed glass display cases to get to the valuables inside.
The suspects used a maul—an axe-like tool—to smash the glass, police said. They then dragged two blue garbage bins into the store and filled them with purses and sunglasses worth about $50,000.
A fifth suspect has been charged in connection with a two-year crime spree that netted more than $2 million in stolen merchandise from tony stores across Chicago.
Thieves used a van to smash into the front of a Best Buy Sunday morning in Lincoln Park.
Thieves ran off with electronics after a crash-and-grab burglary early Tuesday at a store in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A Dodge Caravan crashed into the front door of the store about 3:55 a.m. in the 6700 block of South Western Avenue, police said.
Police said it wasn’t clear if the robbery was connected to a series of other smash-and-grab burglaries in the Chicago area over the last two months.
After a van smashed through the front of a West Side clothing store early Wednesday, 20 people swarmed inside, stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of designer jeans in less than three minutes.
Burglars have hit another Louis Vuitton store in the suburbs, two months after a similar smash-and-grab at the Vuitton store in Oakbrook netted $120,000 in high-end bags and merchandise for the culprits.
Burglars crashed a stolen minivan into a high-end shop in west suburban Aurora Tuesday morning, making off with more than $40,000 worth of merchandise and causing more than $20,000 in damage.
A 49-year-old Aurora man told investigators he couldn’t remember all the businesses he broke into because “he had committed so many burglaries.”
For the third time in just the past few weeks, police are trying to find some brazen thieves who get into stores by smashing their way in.
A roving band of thieves is at it again, striking seven times in as many days in Naperville, this time targeting moms who are dropping off their kids at daycare.
Witnesses in the West Town neighborhood helped detain a parolee who smashed the window of a parked car to steal a woman’s purse Thursday afternoon, while she and her young daughter sat in the vehicle.
Naperville police are warning residents that their city is being targeted by a group of smash-and-grab thieves known as the “Felony Lane Gang,” an interstate gang with at least 100 members, CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.