Stolen car crashes into jewelry store on Magnificent Mile

Chicago News

CHICAGO — A stolen car crashed through the front of a Mag Mile jewelry store after it sped away from police Sunday afternoon.

Around 3:55 p.m. Sunday, the Chicago Police Department said officers attempted to pull a black sedan over after it made “multiple traffic violations” near the 600 block of north Michigan Avenue. 

The car appeared to slow before speeding away, although police said there was no pursuit. Moments later, the driver of the sedan swerved to avoid another vehicle and crashed through the front of a jewelry store on the 300 block of north Michigan Avenue.

All three men in their 20s who were inside the sedan were arrested, and while they refused EMS attention at the scene, one was taken to the hospital for a minor head injury. No other injuries were reported.

Police later determined the vehicle involved in the crash was reported stolen in Des Plaines earlier Sunday morning.

Many people were out on the Mag Mile at the time, and it was very lucky no one was seriously hurt, including those who were just steps away. 

“If it would have happened a couple of seconds later that could have been me,” witness Ray Wilson said. “The sound was unbearable; It shocked — I just froze, I couldn’t believe it.”

One of the witnesses on the scene said the jewelry store is a family-owned business, and the owner recently closed another store over on Navy Pier. 

Charges are pending against the men who were in the car.

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