CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - One of the things keeping people warm may also get them robbed.
Canada Goose jackets are becoming the "in thing" in extreme outerwear. But the goose down and coyote fur coats can go for $800, and that makes them an attractive target for thieves.
Canada Goose coats are marketed as the perfect blend of style and function. They’re worn by celebrities in Hollywood and by scientists in Antarctica, but if you're wearing one in Chicago, then beware because thieves may be watching and waiting to take yours.
Chances are you've spotted one on a well-heeled Chicagoan, especially on a frigid day. Canada Goose jackets are easy to identify from the signature red patch on the arm to the genuine coyote fur lined hood. These jackets have become one of the hottest trending fashion accessories of the season, and they’re selling three to four a day at Uncle Dan’s in Lincoln Square.
“There is for sure a fashion aspect to the coats...but the hype is built on a solid foundation of warmth and craftsmanship,” said Andrew Lund, who’s the Customer Experience Manager at Uncle Dan’s Great Outdoor Store.
The coat is layers thick. With 450 hours of construction per jacket, Canada Goose are nicknamed the Swiss watch of coats, which could explain the hefty price tag.
Jackets start at $500 and can go for well over a grand, and that has made these coats a hot target for thieves.
Moosejaw in Lincoln Park has been hit with four smash and grab robberies within the past month alone.
An Old Town teacher, Tony Choi, also recently had his coat stolen and he's learned an expensive lesson: Canada Goose coats should never be left unattended.
“So, I had to go the emergency room cause I was in a car accident and while I was being treated, my friend was looking after my stuff and he stepped out for a moment to answer a phone call and it got swiped from the waiting room,” Choi said.
Choi’s replaced his stolen coat with another Canada Goose, but it’s cautionary tales like his that have salespeople advising new buyers of expensive winter jackets to beware, regardless of the brand.
“I've heard stories of people grabbing these coats, but I’ve also heard of people grabbing Patagonia coats and North Face coats,” Choi said.