Lightfoot Under Fire as Biz Owner Reports Multi-Million Theft

Lightfoot Under Fire as Biz Owner Reports Multi-Million Theft

( – Chicago is under the gun again. This time, it’s not just rampant murder. Across the city, theft has been up a whopping 19% since December 5. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is taking heat for how she’s handled crime after supporting the “defund the police” movement in 2020 and proposing a $59 million cut from the Chicago police budget. Now, businesses are taking the hit, and they are pushing back.

On Saturday, December 11, thieves came into the Gold Coast Auto Gallery and participated in another brazen smash-and-grab. While customers with children watched in horror, the luxury car showroom thieves got away with millions of dollars in valuable luxury watches. One man stood by the front door with a gun while another smashed the display cases and stole the valuable loot in less than 20 seconds. Both wore hoodies and masks to conceal their identities.

Dealership owner Joe Perillo said Chicago couldn’t afford to continue this problem. Recently, the city lost Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus is closing in the coming days. Perillo said his store could be next. He blamed Lightfoot and District Attorney Kim Foxx for the crime outbreak. The high-end Lamborghini dealership owner said when police catch criminals, Foxx lets them go, and Lightfoot ensures police do as little as possible to protect businesses and citizens.

The owner says he will increase security and lock the doors at all times, even during business hours. The dealership will only take customers by appointment.

Will the measures be enough to keep criminals out and the Gold Coast Auto Gallery open for business? Is this how businesses should have to operate?

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