Thursday, November 27, 2014

100% Discount

This isn't a new method of burglary by any stretch, but it seems to be gaining traction throughout the region:
  • Barreling a vehicle through a store's thick glass window, the masked thieves smash a path toward their target: expensive jeans, handbags or jewelry.

    They scurry to grab as much high-end merchandise as can fit in their arms, then hustle from the scene. In a flash, they're gone with goods often worth tens of thousands of dollars.

    A growing number of Chicago-area retailers have been hit by these audacious, well-organized burglaries in recent weeks, adding a new twist on the typical "smash-and-grab" heist as the holiday shopping season begins full-throttle.

    Just last week eight burglars wearing masks and gloves slammed a car early in the morning through the front door of a Louis Vuitton store at a mall in Northbrook, fleeing with top-flight purses and other merchandise.
  • A swarm of as many as 20 thieves stripped a West Side clothing store of jeans and shoes after crashing a van through the front doors early Wednesday, according to police and store workers.

    "This was a planned attack," said one worker, who did not want to be identified. "They gathered everything they knew was expensive. All the good stuff."

    [...]In a pattern that has been seen across the Chicago area over the last few months, the thieves drove through the doors of the Cisco Nyc store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street around 4:15 a.m., according to police.

    The red Dodge Caravan came to rest well inside the store while at least three other cars pulled up, according to store workers. As many as 20 people then spread out and cleared the shelves within minutes, according to police and store workers. They even stripped clothes off mannequins, they said.
Maybe a couple big pointy steel spikes at windshield height might dissuade these ne'er-do-wells?

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28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just going to have to put up those concrete anti-vehicular posts in front of everything now. Not becaue of Al Quaida, but because of the wild-ass ripoffs after hair weaves, $3500 purses, and weird jeans with stupid sayings sewn across the a**.
This is out of control.

11/27/2014 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Noone questioned the fact that a store in the ghetto is selling $700 pairs of jeans. Can you get that on a Link card?

11/27/2014 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bollards

Steel I beams set about 48" above the sidewalk.

Or if you want to be green and environmentally aware? Build a bike rack using 3" Tube and Square stock. Anchor it 2' into the sidewalk.

11/27/2014 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn' Amish.

This wouldn't have been possible if they still had the horse and buggy.

11/27/2014 01:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, $700 jeans, high end clothing? This isn't the Mag Mile; it's a food desert. The kids need donated school supplies and winter coats. No rational person would believe this.

11/27/2014 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger John Northen said...

Simple answer: BOLLARDS and/or huge concrete/steel flower planters in front of potentially vulnerable entrances.

11/27/2014 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a Part 1 crime, it's a traffic accident.

Thanks comstat.

11/27/2014 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Barney Fife said...

I was wondering why there was a "food desert" in the ghetto?

Now maybe there will be a two-piece orange denim outfit desert?


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!


animals

11/27/2014 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This morning they drove an old pickup truck through the rear brick wall of another clothing store at 5200 W. North. Ballsy. No physical descriptions given by media of the 15 hoodie wearing "thieves." Even so, this makes for a good national news story to showcase why Chicago should land the Obama presidential library. Meantime -- sadly, I think the time has arrived for our civic minded aldermen to enact an ordinance in the city outlawing hoodies. Ya know?

11/27/2014 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bollards are nice, but instead, how about HORIZONTALLY placed I-beams, secured about 4.5 feet off the ground just inside the glass wall. Cover the glass each night so you can't see in and set up the "urban punji sticks" . . .

11/27/2014 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bollards work great, as demonstrated by some idiot in front of the DQ on the edge of Edison Park a couple weeks ago. That, and finally a good use for those stupid planters.

11/27/2014 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

I like the flower pot idea. Just make sure they have pretty flowers.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

11/27/2014 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Noone questioned the fact that a store in the ghetto is selling $700 pairs of jeans. Can you get that on a Link card?

11/27/2014 12:53:00 AM
Robins Jeans rarely, even on the website, go for $700. I have never seen a pair over $450-500 in a store.

The Austin Community where J-bees was hit this morning, houses the most (or simply just "a lot of") middle class blacks and is only a few miles from Oak Park. Ciscos NYC is on a shopping strip that caters to west side residents as well as notable celebrities much like michigan Ave or 47th st(?)(I forget what that street is on the south side most notable for being a shopping center) These neighborhoods also hold a great deal of drug dealers who can afford outrageously priced - and as some one else put it - weird jeans.

11/27/2014 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, $700 jeans, high end clothing? This isn't the Mag Mile; it's a food desert. The kids need donated school supplies and winter coats. No rational person would believe this.

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They accept LINK. No mention of expensive belts.

11/27/2014 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad!

Rahm has decimated the police department no manpower.

You notice he has been very quiet about Ferguson because he does not want to upset the Black vote.

Ramming cars will be the next big thing. The private sector will have to either hire security or build a fortress to secure their good!

Happy turkey day..

11/27/2014 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the story in disbelief too..my first thought was a community that needs free school lunches and tons of federal assistance for everything from wiping their asses to childcare..can shop at a store that sells jeans priced from $700.00 on up!

Unreal!

11/27/2014 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple answer: BOLLARDS and/or huge concrete/steel flower planters in front of potentially vulnerable entrances.

11/27/2014 06:51:00 AM

Simpler answer.
Teach your children not to take what isn't theirs.

11/27/2014 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT. A Bartlett m1 was just sentenced to 4 years in the pokey for shooting a single round into the side of another v vehicle during a road rage incident that occurred on a local expressway.

11/27/2014 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
C'mon, $700 jeans, high end clothing? This isn't the Mag Mile; it's a food desert. The kids need donated school supplies and winter coats. No rational person would believe this.

11/27/2014 06:14:00 AM
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Welcome to reality... Revamp the LINK card system or start doing spot checks on the people receiving the benefits, you can afford to get your hair and nails done, have all name brand clothes (especially Air-Jordans), cable/satellite tv, 22 inch rims on any car, smoke cigarettes/weed, drink alcohol all day, constantly eating take out, well... Guess what, you DO NOT deserve governmental assistance, Period.!
Free this and free that is getting old very fast, the middle class are breaking their backs supporting the poor and impoverished. Where's the change we were promised?
Start drug testing randomly for the recipients, If I have to be drug tested randomly to earn money the honest way it's only fair the people receiving/abusing the system be weeded out! (Pun intended)

11/27/2014 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They came all the way from Ferguson?

11/27/2014 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These types of perps will often brag about their crimes on their own social media, FB, MySpace etc.

Police should hire "snitches" that move within these circles.

11/27/2014 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Capt. Northen under one condition. The merchant rather than the taxpayer must pay for installing the bollards.

11/27/2014 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple answer: BOLLARDS and/or huge concrete/steel flower planters in front of potentially vulnerable entrances.

11/27/2014 06:51:00 AM

Simpler answer.
Teach your children not to take what isn't theirs.

11/27/2014 11:40:00 AM



SHOOT!!!!
Why didn't we think of that?!?!?

We could also teach them not to shoot each other!

Congratulations, You just discovered how we can stop all these shootings and murders. You should get a Nobel Prize for that idea.

11/27/2014 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I agree with Capt. Northen under one condition. The merchant rather than the taxpayer must pay for installing the bollards.

11/27/2014 02:58:00 PM

CAPTAIN Northen? Oh, maybe John bought a boat.

11/28/2014 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Gran Torino said...

Is there some new form of smash-up derby no one is talking about? Must be that new video game ..grand theft auto making a big impression on the culture again.

11/28/2014 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple answer: BOLLARDS and/or huge concrete/steel flower planters in front of potentially vulnerable entrances.


Better yet, claymore mines set to trigger if there is a breach.

11/29/2014 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It even has a Wikipedia page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram-raiding

11/30/2014 02:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahahahahaha!!! Liked the Claymore idea! Boom! Thieves tried, convicted and sentenced in one big puff of smoke!
No need for lawyers, courts, judges or prisons. May cause a couple major "issues" in the high end clothing wearing crowd, but all good things come with a price, ($700, really? )

J.J.

11/30/2014 09:57:00 AM  

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