Friday, 17 December 2021 08:52

Chicago Luxury Car Dealer Hit by Daytime Smash and Grab

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious


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A luxury car dealership in downtown Chicago was the target of a brazen smash and grab robbery in broad daylight, shocking many.

On the afternoon of Dec. 11, two men entered Bentley Gold Coast, each of them wearing hoodies and masks, in a coordinated attack which went down while no customers were inside. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident.


The suspect standing by the glass doors as a lookout was armed with a gun, said Gold Coast owner Joe Petito in an interview with local media. The other took a hammer and smashed open the glass cases containing numerous luxury watches in the showroom, valued at millions of dollars.


While Petito said he had armed security in the showroom, they didn’t engage the suspects since the one man kept his gun lowered. “If he raised that gun, he would have been shot,” said Petito. “We’d probably be in court defending ourselves.”


Petito angrily called out Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for being too lenient on criminals. Lightfoot recently criticized retailers, saying they weren’t doing enough to prevent organized heists at their stores, drawing plenty of criticism in return.


When asked by a local reporter if the incident makes him consider moving his business out of Chicago, Petito said, “it’s certainly one of my thoughts.”


Numerous cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco have been plagued by retail theft. In some attacks, flash mobs have...

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