Friday, November 03, 2017

Hammer-Wielding Thieves Smash Displays, Steal Luxury Watches In Water Tower Mall (Again)


For the second time in a month, thieves armed with hammers have walked into a Water Tower watch shop, broken display cases, and made off with luxury timepieces, police said today.

A group of offenders walked into Tourneau on the mall’s third floor, smashed the glass display case with mallets, and ran away with valuable watches at 11:40 a.m. on Friday.


Images of a suspect wanted in today's theft from a Water Tower watch shop. | Chicago Police Department
The same crew struck the same store at 11 a.m. on October 13, according to a police alert.

Today’s alert does not mention where the crimes have taken place, but a source confirmed the location for CWBChicago.

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Tourneau’s entry on the Water Tower website says it is “the world’s largest watch store featuring over 100 luxury brands” including “Omega, Panerai, Roger Du Buis, Zenith and TAG Heuer.”

Police said the thieves are a group of black men between 17- and 25-years-old. They stand 5’10” to 6-feet tall and have thin builds. Today, all of the offenders wore hooded sweatshirts with the ”Nike" logo. In October, they wore jackets with multiple patches.

This image shows the crew that struck Tourneau in October. | Chicago Police Department
Last month, the team reportedly fled in a gold Jeep Cherokee.

As to how other retailers could prevent falling victim to the crew, the alert recommends that stores “update security video equipment” and “call 911.”

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Area Central investigators as (312) 747-8384.
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