River North crash: Would-be thieves slam SUV into downtown business to steal ATM, Chicago police say

River North grocery store owners say they are frequent targets of crime

Friday, December 1, 2023
Would-be thieves crash into River North business: CPD
There was a Chicago crash after would-be thieves slammed into a River North business on Superior Street in an effort to steal an ATM, CPD said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A River North building sustained major damage Thursday morning after would-be thieves crashed an SUV into it, Chicago police said.

A group of suspects crashed an SUV into the Galleria Market grocery store, which is on the ground floor of a high-rise building in the 300-block of West Superior Street, just before 6:10 a.m., CPD said.

They then tried to take an ATM, but failed, according to police.

The suspects got back into the SUV and other waiting vehicles and drove north on Orleans Street, then east on Chicago Avenue, police said.

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No one was injured, and no one was in custody later Thursday morning.

Area Five detectives are investigating.

Superior was closed between Orleans and Sedgwick Street while a large police presence was on the scene.

The store's owners are frustrated. There is extensive damage to clean up, affecting their business Thursday.

The owners said this is the second time in just two weeks that they were the targets of crime.

The store's entryway is destroyed.

"We've got looted twice during the lootings. We got robbed two weeks ago, same thing they tried to break into the windows. We got that repaired, and, this morning, this is what happened," owner Riya Patel said.

The owners said the latest incident was caught on several surveillance cameras installed inside the business after the prior crimes.

"I am losing a whole day's business today. Customers that come here always complain they are not going to be here thinking it's high risk we lose the customer, we lose the business every day now, and then so I don't know, we lose the liquor, we lose the insurance," manager Sagar Brahmbhatt said.

But after being targeted four times, and no one ever getting caught for the crimes, the owners say they may not stay in Chicago anymore.

"This is sad that the city has come to this point because it hasn't been the first time this has happened to us, we contemplating still being here, or the safety of the people that work here," Patel said.

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