Smash And Grab

A Dodge Caravan crashed into the front door of an EZ Pawn shop in the 6700 block of South Western, and the people inside stole electronics and other items. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Thieves Steal Electronics In Pawn Shop ‘Crash-And-Grab’

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.

12/09/2014

Police search the scene of another "smash-and-grab" burglary, this time on Chicago's West Side. (CBS)

Burglars Use Stolen Vehicle For Another ‘Smash-And-Grab’ Heist

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.

11/27/2014

Burglars stole jeans and shoes after crashing through the front of a Cisco NYC store on the West Side. (Credit: CBS)

Thieves Swarm West Side Store In Smash-And-Grab Heist

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.

11/26/2014

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Burglars Drive Car Into Northbrook Louis Vuitton Store

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.

11/18/2014

At least four people stole more than $40,000 worth of goods from a high-end shop in Aurora Tuesday morning. | Aurora police photo

Smash-And-Grab Burglars Take $40K In Items From High-End Shop

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.

11/04/2014

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Cops: Smash-And-Grab Suspect Couldn’t Keep Track Of Burglaries

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.”

06/01/2013

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2 Weeks, 3 Smash-And-Grab Retail Thefts

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.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2012

Car window broken. (Photo by Getty Images)

‘Felony Lane Gang’ Hits Naperville Again, Stealing Purses Left In Cars

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.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2012

Robert SimmonsRobert Simmons, 50, of Chicago was charged with felony vehicular invasion. (Chicago Police Department)

Mom Victim, Witnesses Catch Smash-And-Grab Purse Thief

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.

03/30/2012

Naperville Police Sgt. John Westlove (CBS)

Gang Grabs Purses, Then Tries To Withdraw Money At Banks

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.

09/23/2011