Chicago bike store robbed twice inside weeks: ‘That is one other degree’

 A motorbike store proprietor stated on Thursday the crime surge in Chicago has gone to “one other degree” from latest years. 

“That is simply one other degree with all the things that’s occurring in Chicago,” BFF Bikes proprietor Gillian Forsyth informed “Fox & Buddies,” saying her store was hit on a weekday morning just lately.

“There have been individuals going to work and automobiles about. And the robbers crashed via one in every of my home windows, they usually focused 5 very high-end bikes they usually simply sort of rushed in, grabbed the bikes and left in a short time,” she stated.


Earlier this week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot known as on the federal authorities for assist in combating crime and violence within the Windy Metropolis

Chicago Police Officer Marni Washington, left, walks with then-Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on Sunday, Might 19, 2019 at Resurrected Life Church Worldwide within the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune Information Service through Getty Pictures)
((Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune Information Service through Getty Pictures))

In a information convention Monday, the Democrat mayor requested U.S. Lawyer Common Merrick Garland to ship in brokers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for six months to ramp up the variety of gun investigations and gun seizures, in accordance with Fox32 Chicago

She additionally requested for extra federal prosecutors to deal with the felony instances these brokers will examine, in addition to federal marshals to help native legislation enforcement with monitoring down hundreds of suspects wished on warrants, the station added. 

“We want these extra assets nicely prematurely of summer season,” Lightfoot reportedly stated. 

The plea comes because the variety of capturing victims in Chicago this 12 months — as of this previous Sunday — was at 4,270, in comparison with 3,930 in 2020, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing police statistics. 

A Chicago police officer processes a crime scene in a strip mall at 83rd Street and Holland Road after Jamari Williams, 15, was fatally shot on Sept. 21, 2021. 

A Chicago police officer processes against the law scene in a strip mall at 83rd Avenue and Holland Highway after Jamari Williams, 15, was fatally shot on Sept. 21, 2021. 

Homicides have risen to 783, up from the 749 recorded throughout the identical time interval in 2020, the newspaper additionally stated. 

Final summer season, Fox Information reported that then-President Donald Trump was sending in 100 federal brokers to Chicago as a part of Operation Legend. 

The bike store proprietor added that it was tough to determine the criminals as a result of they had been carrying masks.


“There may be lots of footage. Some footage that exhibits one in every of their faces, nevertheless it’s very laborious to see, for essentially the most half they’re all masked,” Forsyth stated, including that she changed the home windows and one other theft occurred two weeks later. 

Host Brian Kilmeade stated the criminals really feel “impervious to arrest,” noting property crimes within the metropolis have jumped considerably from final 12 months. Forsyth stated she does not need to transfer her enterprise from the world and fellow store homeowners have talked about attempting to rent personal safety.

“These are minors who simply get off with a slap on the wrist. … Put them in jail, do no matter, however make them really feel like there are repercussions.”

Fox Information’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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