Man smashes glass case at Chicago Lamborghini showroom, runs out with $1 million in watches
CHICAGO - Another day, another brazen robbery at a business in Chicago's pricey Near North Side neighborhood. This time, the target was the ritzy Gold Coast Auto Gallery.
On Saturday afternoon, two people came to rob this showroom for Lamborghinis and Bentleys. One stayed by the door with a gun. The other used a hammer to smash a display case and grabbed a million dollars worth of watches. Ten customers including children were in the showroom at the time.
"He was smart enough not to raise the gun, because my people had guns," said dealership owner Joe Perillo. "If he raised that gun, he would have been shot, we’d probably be in court defending ourselves."
In less than 20 seconds, the owner says eight luxury watches are stolen.
Police patrols were already heightened this weekend after teenagers flooded downtown last Saturday. Twenty teens were arrested and a CTA bus driver was attacked.
At least for now, even during working hours, the doors at the dealership will be locked. Service is by appointment only. Police are still working to track down the men responsible.
This is one of many similar crimes on Chicago's Near North Side, Mag Mile, Gold Coast, Loop and Streeterville neighborhoods in the past few months: