Of many recent retail robberies on and around the Magnificent Mile, only 2 people have been arrested – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – Police say a 16-year-old girl robbed the Niketown on Michigan Avenue this week and used a stun gun on a security guard.

This was just one of the recent retail robberies we’ve followed here at CBS 2 as crime continues to escalate, ravaging the city’s Magnificent Mile. Molina has been reporting on crime issues on the Mag Mile for months, and now she has learned how many people have actually been arrested in connection with them.

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The number is low.

Out of 10 recent thefts – some of them violent – that we recorded in the main shopping districts of the city, only two people were arrested. Both were minors, and because of that, they are only depicted with generic silhouettes rather than ID photos in police press releases on the charges.

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These silhouettes are all we have in terms of the two arrests in an impressive number of cheeky robberies on the Mag Mile.

One of the minors was a 16-year-old boy who was arrested earlier this month when a group of nine people robbed the Neiman Marcus at 737 N. Michigan Ave. In this incident at 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, the group entered the store and took goods before escaping in three vehicles – and the suspicious teenager was taken into custody at the scene.

The other was the 16-year-old girl who was arrested Wednesday after hitting Mag Mile Zara, 700 N. Michigan Ave., and Niketown, 669 N. Michigan Ave. – where police say she used a stun gun on a Nike security guard.

The others who robbed stores with them are still there.

This is something we learned after analyzing 10 crimes that we followed here at CBS 2 to show you exactly what this problem looks like in Chicago. The map shows thefts from retail businesses on and around the Mag Mile over the past month – all but one of the aforementioned 10 crimes.

Map of recent retail thefts

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The most recent incidents include the theft of $ 2 million worth of high-end watches from Perillo dealership, 834 N. Rush St., in broad daylight in an open store with armed guards.

“Enough is enough,” said dealership owner Joe Perillo said last Saturday.

The dealership keeps the doors locked now.

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There was also an attempted break-in at the Canada Goose store located at 800 N. Michigan Ave. Monday, involving a cinder block thrown through the glass.

The North Face store at the former John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Ave., was hit on Thursday, December 9.

On Monday, November 29, four masked men walked through the front door of the Burberry store at 633 N. Michigan Ave. They seized handbags worth tens of thousands of dollars, and Chicago police told us they also pushed past a 23-year-old man. woman and hit a 66-year-old man who was standing at the door.

There was also a theft and attempted theft at stores in the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police did not say which stores were involved, but said in an incident at 4:29 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day that thieves smashed a window, took goods and rushed into a sport utility vehicle. In another incident at 4:29 a.m. the following Sunday, potential thieves attempted to break into a store on the same block, but left in a white sedan after being unable to enter.

There was also a crash-and-seizure theft at 4:35 a.m. on Monday, November 15 in the 1800 block of North Clybourn Avenue, along the trendy Clybourn corridor. In this incident, the suspects managed to break a window and take goods. This is the only crime in our analysis that does not appear on the map above because it is quite remote from the rest.

When Molina sent the full list of retail theft incidents to Chicago Police, they said no other offenders were in custody other than the two teenagers, and detectives are investigating.

“We have to have consequences for these actions,” said Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “They walk past armed security guards. They have no respect for cameras. They don’t care if it’s behind a counter or a window or chained to something.

And it all creates what Karr calls an evolving culture in the local retail industry. They are now working directly with the CPD and the state prosecutor’s office – calling for accountability and more arrests.

“There is a culture of fear; an atmosphere of fear, I think, that permeates parts of the city of Chicago and the commercial corridors. I think it’s unfortunate, “said Karr,” We hope it doesn’t, but it could hurt some physical aspects of the season. “

We heard from the Illinois Task Force on Organized Retail Crime exactly two weeks ago, led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. The task force said there would be a more concentrated police presence in areas like the Mag Mile.

Some tell us that they noticed this police presence, but others say it did not happen.

The Cook County State Attorney’s Office on Thursday released data for specific crimes this year to date in zip code 60611, which includes the Mag Mile and also Streeterville:

Retail theft of an adult crime
Between 01/01/2021 and 12/17/2021 (349 days), CCSAO reviewed and made a billing decision for 49 retail theft cases in zip code 60611. 25 cases were approved at a rate 51% approval. 19 cases were prosecuted and 8 sentenced with a conviction rate of 42%.

Adult gun
Between 01/01/2021 and 12/17/2021 (349 days), the OACSC reviewed and made a charging decision for 101 firearms cases in zip code 60611. 88 cases were approved at 87% approval rating. 39 cases were prosecuted and 32 sentenced with a conviction rate of 82%.

Juvenile Pistol
Between 01/01/2021 and 12/17/2021 (349 days), the OACSC reviewed and made a classification decision for 6 firearms cases in zip code 60611. 6 cases were cleared to one. 100% classification rate. 1 cases were closed and 0 were tried.

Retail theft of minors
Between 01/01/2021 and 12/17/2021 (349 days), the CCSAO reviewed and issued a classification decision for 2 cases of retail theft in this area. 0 cases have been submitted. 1 cases were closed and 0 were tried.

The state attorney’s office also released a table of top felony cases that its prosecutors have reviewed and prosecuted in zip code 60611. The state attorney’s office noted that most of the cases involved offenses with violence, “further reiterating the CCSAO’s commitment to prosecute violent crimes.”

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Top Adult Crime Cases Reviewed and Prosecuted in ZIP Code 60611: Jan 1, 2021 – 12/17/21
Top 10 categories reviewed Cases examined Approval rate
UUW – Illegal Use of a Weapon 97 88%
Retail theft 49 51%
Burglary 9 100%
Agg Batt Police Officer 6 100%
Sex crimes 6 83%
Aggravated battery 5 80%
Criminal damage to property 5 80%
Homicide 5 100%
Flight 4 25%
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle 3 100%
Top 10 prosecution categories Cases examined Approval rate
Illegal use of a weapon 35 80%
Burglary 32 94%
Retail theft 19 42%
Narcotics 14 43%
Identity theft ten 80%
flight 9 78%
Possession of a stolen motor vehicle seven 71%
Aggravated battery 6 67%
Aggravated DUI 4 50%
Armed robbery 4 100%


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