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Chicago suburbs work to combat robberies, burglaries and fencing operations

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police said they plan to use technology such as license plate readers and POD cameras to track down those behind a large increase in robberies and burglaries.

Police officials reported this on Friday came just hours after several early morning thefts, including a robbery at a Lululemon store at 944 W. North Ave.

But the problem isn’t unique to Chicago. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is also trying to make a dent.

The sheriff’s office shared an exclusive video with CNN showing a group of thieves entering a beauty salon and filling large garbage bags with expensive products – all in under a minute.

It is one of many examples of organized shoplifting – a large-scale operation in which a group of people steal goods and turn around to sell them.

The problem is recurring so often that the sheriff’s office has created a task force to combat it.

During a ride with CNN, agents investigated five locations of a suspected theft ring, arresting two people and recovering nearly $500,000 in stolen property.

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A few days ago, officers were carrying out boxes of produce at a home in Tinley Park.

Meanwhile, back in the city of Chicago, officers are tackling the same problem – as well as burglaries at businesses, such as one ATM theft that was caught on camera earlier this week at a gas station at Ashland and Grand Avenue in West Town.

On Friday, Chicago Police Supt. Larry Snelling joined Mayor Brandon Johnson to discuss a plan to address the robberies and car thefts plaguing the city.

“Our plan is to focus on prevention, to ensure that others do not have to endure such trauma,” said Chicago Police Chief Antoinette Ursitti. “But to be clear, when these crimes occur, we will identify and hold accountable the perpetrators who caused harm.”

“We are doing everything we can to hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable,” Snelling said. “Our officers are risking their own safety to arrest these violent criminals.”

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“Everyone in every neighborhood deserves to feel safe walking the streets, commuting to work and enjoying life in our great city,” Mayor Johnson added. “The plan focuses on four pillars: technology, focus missions, public engagement and accountability.”

Chicago police said their task force has made 80 arrests and recovered 140 vehicles that had been stolen or carjacked.

Chicago’s anti-crime plan includes using technology to capture suspects and working with the community to solve and prevent crime.

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