A gang of shoplifters was filmed brutally looting a beauty salon in Chicago when it was revealed that three organized gangs had targeted the city’s stores.
Shot at an UIta Beauty store in the Windy City suburb of Norridge last weekend, the clip showed a gang of three hooded thieves emptying shelves of expensive Christian Dior and Armani makeup into black trash bags.
It was shared on social media on Monday with the shocked cameraman, who has not been named, and said: ‘Look, this is insane,’ as he films the theft unfolding before his eyes.
An Ulta Beauty spokesperson told Fox News that they were aware of the incident and had reported it to police.
It came when a local outlet reported that the Chicago stores had been targeted by three different organized crime groups.
One of those gangs has targeted chic designer stores on the city’s Magnificent Mile, whose businesses were hit by looting in the summer of 2020 during riots following the murder of George Floyd.
The second has targeted at least three Ulta Beauty stores, though it’s currently unclear if that’s the same gang filmed at the Norridge location.
Meanwhile, the third gang has raided Walgreen’s drug stores to steal cigarettes.
A gang of three shoplifters was filmed Saturday emptying the shelves of a Chicago Ulta Beauty store
The trio targeted Christian Dior and Giorgio Armani’s expensive makeup as the Windy City was hit by reports of three different organized shoplifting gangs targeting his businesses.
35 handbags were reported to have been stolen by a 12-person crew on Monday, who then took off in two separate cars.
A crew of six men reportedly attempted to rob Salvatore Ferragamo on Saturday before being recognized by a security guard for a similar crime in August.
Multiple stores in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, pictured, have been targeted just a year after it was hit by looting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder
The first shoplifting crew to steal from high-end Chicago stores between the Magnificent Mile and Rush Street during the day, according to CWB Chicago.
Twelve men were seen Monday in a raid of 35 handbags in Bottega Veneta – each costing thousands of dollars – and left in two separate cars, including a gray Honda CRV.
A similar incident took place on Saturday in which nine handbags were stolen from Burberry by six men pushing a guard aside.
The same crew allegedly attempted to steal from Salvatore Ferragamo an hour earlier, but left after being recognized by the store’s security guard.
They allegedly stole $43,000 worth of merchandise in August and injured the guard during the theft.
Cigarettes have also been reported stolen at Walgreens by a two-person crew
Another crew of three men also raided a shop called Intermix on Friday and took off in a gold BMW.
Police also warn Ulta Beauty stores of stolen perfumes, as another group of shoplifters took these products in trash bags on both Friday and Saturday.
Rumor has it that these shoplifters are selling Ulta Beauty products at discounted prices online.
Weekend reports of cigarettes stolen from Walgreens by a two-person crew allegedly driving a white four-door Buick.
The city of Chicago has seen an increase in crimes related to theft since last year.
For regular thefts, a 12 percent increase was reported with 7,919 cases in 2020 and 1,866 cases in 2021.
For car thefts, a three percent increase was reported with 6,957 cases in 2020 and 7,195 cases in 2021.
However, a decrease has been reported for burglary with a drop of 36 percent as 6,854 cases were reported in 2020 and 4,413 cases in 2021.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Increases Police Funding After Violent Year of Crime in Chicago
The spike in these crime areas has prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to take action such as increasing police spending, despite the Liberal leader previously agreeing to calls for police budgets to be reimbursed.
This was suggested by Lightfoot after a year of violent crime, including the fatal shooting of Chicago PD officer Ella French.
This proposal was seen as a change for Lightfoot, which cut about $59 million or 3.3 percent of its budget last year and left 600 vacancies in the department.
“I expect the police budget to increase, no doubt. We have to,” she said at a press conference last month.
“We need to make sure we continue to provide resources to recruit the next generation of police officers and make sure we do that recruitment in a way that reflects the diversity of the city.”
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx Slammed For Her ‘Soft’ Take On Crime
Other Chicago officials, such as Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx, have been criticized for being considered “soft” on the city’s crimes.
In the wake of a violent summer of crime in Chicago, Foxx fought with the department’s Superintendent David Brown over rising rates in July.
‘The violence we are experiencing is not the result of a delayed justice system; it’s a larger and more complex issue (both local and national), requiring all criminal justice stakeholders to work together rather than dealing with distraction and shifting blame,” Foxx tweeted.