Crime seeps into Chicago’s suburbs as groups of thieves rob Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton
Chicago’s historic crime wave appears to be seeping into the suburbs as two high-end retailers were hit by groups of thieves this week.
Fox 32 Chicago reported that seven to eight men stole several handbags from a Bloomingdale’s store in Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, located about 15 miles north of Chicago.
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Cell phone footage captured the incident, showing hooded individuals running for the exit with the merchandise. They were gone by the time the police arrived.
No one is in custody and the incident is still under investigation, according to local police.
On Tuesday night another store was hit, this time at Louis Vuitton in the upscale Northbrook Court mall in Northbrook, located just ten miles north of Skokie.
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The incident was also captured by cellphone video, showing at least eight people exiting the store with handbags and what appears to be a mall security official behind.
It is not known if any of the thieves behind the Bloomingdale theft was also the source of the Louis Vuitton incident.
Both incidents follow the theft last week of an Ulta Beauty store in Norridge, located about 15 miles northwest of Chicago.
The video shows at least three culprits wearing masks as they stuff cosmetics into black bags.
A man filming the heist on his phone is clearly shocked by the scene unfolding in front of him.
Other clients can be seen in the background, not interfering with the current flight. A high-pitched security alarm can be heard overhead.
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“At Ulta Beauty, the safety of our associates and guests is our top priority,” Eileen Ziesemer, vice president of public relations at Ulta, told Fox News. “We are aware of criminal activity at our Norridge store over the weekend and are fully cooperating with local police in the investigation.”