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Hinsdale store manager Marcus stops attempted theft as businesses unite against retail theft

HINSDALE, Ill. (WLS) – Businesses in Hinsdale have banded together in a show of force against retail crime. One stopped an attempted robbery, police said, before it could even begin.

“It’s very dangerous, I mean and if they were armed. I mean, it’s just crazy the way it happened. Very fast,” witness Xiomara Soto said.

Soto said she saw the entire thwarted robbery attempt take place at the Marcus store in downtown Hinsdale, directly across from the bagel shop where she works.

“They tried to come in but very quickly one of the girls inside stopped right outside the door. And I just saw her nodding and saying ‘no’,” she said.

A group of men got out of a white Ford Edge they had backed into an alley behind the store, according to Hinsdale Police.

“They all had ski masks on so you could only see their eyes,” Soto said.

But a fast-acting employee inside the store locked the group wearing ski masks inside the lobby, police said. A few minutes later, they left as they had come and left empty-handed.

The rest of the block was locked down within minutes, according to J.McLaughlin store manager Andrea Kaspar.

“All the store managers here, we’re on a group text, and as soon as it happened Marcus’ store manager let everyone know,” she said.

Kaspar, who also sits on the board of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, said after a spike in retail crime in the fall, she and other store managers set up their own watchdog of area.

“We just wanted to know what we could do to protect our businesses and keep an eye on each other, so we started this kind of group chat,” she said. “Anytime we see something suspicious in town, it’s pretty immediate and we notify other stores, so everyone can be on the lookout for things out of the ordinary.”

Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King said when the group was unsuccessful at the Marcus in his town, they drove to try and steal the Marcus in Deerfield, also unsuccessfully, then drove to the store Tom Ford in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, where they were able to get away with goods.

“It’s just crazy to see this happen in broad daylight and do it in front of a bunch of people walking around. It’s just crazy,” Soto said.

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