GOLD COAST — A group of thieves used a BMW to smash the doors of the Magnificent Mile's Louis Vuitton, a midnight crash-and-grab that cost the high-end store dozens of handbags.
At 12:02 a.m. Monday, the men were inside the dark-colored car in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue when they hit another car, police said. The men then used the car to ram the revolving doors of the Louis Vuitton store on the block several times.
Five boys or men got out of the car, went into the store and stole several items, police said. They then got into an awaiting dark-colored SUV and drove away, police said.
A witness told ABC7 that he was in an Uber car stopped at a red light when a BMW "just smashed us from the side."
"We saw a whole bunch of people get out of the car. They ran into the store, grabbed a bunch of purses and took off in a Jeep," said the witness.
No injuries were reported, police said, and no one was in custody.
Police later found a Jeep abandoned on the South Side near 57th and Green in the Englewood neighborhood, but it was not immediately clear if it was connected to the burglary, CBS2 said.
The stations said the thieves got away with more than two dozen handbags, potentially worth tens of thousands of dollars combined.
The Louis Vuitton website shows purses ranging from $1,300 to more than $4,000 each.