Smash-and-grab burglars hit Gold Coast store

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Tensions are high along the Gold Coast Monday night after another smash and grab at a pricey boutique.

Most recently, burglars broke into a store in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood early Monday morning.

That happened at Moncler, located at 33 E. Oak Street. Moncler sells high end sportswear.

Officers heard a burglar alarm as they arrived. Some merchandise was spilled on the floor. At least one coat was left on the sidewalk. Several racks of coats, worth over $20,000, were taken.

No arrests have been made.

"I just heard a big boom, like a car accident," said one witness. "And when I looked I noticed that it was some cars and they were coming from the area of the store and pulling off in speed. And that's when I found out it was a 'smash and grab.'

This is the latest in a string of recent "smash and grab" incidents in the area.

Thieves hit the Best Buy at the Hancock building last month. The front door of Milani Boutique was smashed in in June, costing the store $20,000.

And in April, the display window was smashed in at St. Larent on Walton.

Just last week… a store in the suburbs was hit, too. A van filled with 8 people crashed into Louis Vuitton at Oakbrook Mall and got away with $120,00 of merchandise.

Oak brook police are still investigating that incident -- it’s nearly identical to the one that just occurred in Chicago. They say they’re not ruling out a connection.

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