The organized retail theft ring had been unraveled this week when the Chicago police had found stolen items in a suspect’s car which was during an unrelated weapons which got arrest on Sunday, November 28.
It soon led the AG’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force to its first major bust from its creation in September.
“This is not just a simple theft which people are talking about and this is an organized criminal network,” said by Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives whose name is Brendan Deenihan.
As the retailers and shoppers remain on high alert on this holiday season and by investigators which are cracking down on who is behind major retail theft of these schemes.
“Until now we do not have any type of evidence to demonstrate on how to organize this, and this is the magnitude of it,” said by Raoul.
The AG had been said that from Wednesday evening to Thursday. As the investigators had seized to the millions of dollars which were worth of stolen items stuffed away into eight storage units. Those items have been recovered from two separate undisclosed locations.
It was an unrelated weapons arrest on the Sunday that had led authorities there. These were hauled away in four semi-trailers which they had confiscated in tens of thousands of the items including clothing, electronics, beauty supplies, high-end food items, and the furniture. It took the 15 investigators about around nine hours to unpack the recovered items.
“The merchandise had been appears to be from a variety of many major national retailers,” said by Raoul.
Raoul had said brazen smash-and-grabs targeting high-end retailers are often tied to these larger retail which had theft schemes. Last month they are more than a dozen suspects which were seen robbing Oak Brook’s at Louis Vuitton store.
“The actual operation of these organized schemes are more than sophisticated than might be reflected in these footage,” said Raoul.
“There is an well-organized secondary market.” According to Raoul which oftentimes the stolen items which end up across state lines or re-sold online which can be connected to drugs, human trafficking, and gangs too.
One person who is in custody, but Raoul had anticipated that there will be more arrests in connection to these retail theft busts.