Gold Coast Boutique Hit in Smash-And-Grab

Front doors of Moncler, at 33 E. Oak St., were smashed in

A high-end fashion boutique was burglarized in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood early Monday.

Officers on patrol heard alarms sounding from Moncler, at 33 E. Oak St., shortly before 4 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

The front doors of the shop had been smashed, possibly by a vehicle, Greer said. Several racks of coats were stolen, but police didn’t have an estimate on the value of the stolen goods.

Pamela Butler, a doorwoman at a condominium building on the same block as Moncler, said she heard a loud boom that sounded like a car crash about 3:30 a.m.

She said she saw two dark-colored vehicles and a van near the entrance of the shop that then took off east on Oak about five minutes later.

Moncler is a Milan-based clothing brand, according to the company’s official website.

The Best Buy store at The John Hancock Center was hit in similar style last month, a high-end children's boutique on Oak Street lost thousands of dollars of merchandise in June and the Yves Saint Laurent store was hit by thieves in April.

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