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Thieves Crash Into The Shop 147 in Beverly, But Unable To Steal Anything

By  Mauricio Peña and Howard Ludwig | July 2, 2015 8:41am | Updated on July 2, 2015 10:28am

BEVERLY — A pair of men crashed a minivan into the front door of The Shop 147 in Beverly early Thursday morning, but the thieves were unable to steal anything, according to police.

Sharp, broken glass likely kept the men from entering the hip-hop clothing store at 2321 W. 95th St., according to investigators on the scene.

At 4:17 a.m., two men drove a car into the business in the 2300 block of West 95th Street, said Officer Ron Gaines, a Chicago Police spokesman.

Nothing was taken, and no injuries were reported, Gaines added.

Ronnie Atieh opened the Beverly store about 1½ years ago. It's the third location for his urban clothing chain.

"They stole the car a couple of days ago," Atieh said as police searched the scene for evidence. A tow truck later pulled the minivan from the wreckage.

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Board-up crews were outside the store by 9 a.m., and Atieh planned to remain open for business as repairs were underway.

"This same thing has been happening in Chicago for a while now," Atieh said of the crash-and-grab robbery.

Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) said older-style minivans like the one used on Thursday morning are favorites of thieves who commit this style of crime.

"Luckily, the driver wasn't very good at what he was trying to do," O'Shea said from the scene.

The alderman said The Shop 147 is widely known for having quality, valuable merchandise. O'Shea believes this might be the reason the store was targeted.

Atieh saw the botched robbery merely as a setback.

"Nothing is going to stop us," he said.

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