Shocking moment a chain-wielding thief breaks his way into a Chicago jewelry store

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Surveillance video captured the shocking moment a would-be thief tried to force his way into a Chicago jewelry store with a heavy metal chain – but instead came face to face with the barrel of a gun .

The smash-and-grab attempt happened just before 1 a.m. Friday at the Jewels of Chicago on East Madison Street on Jewelers Row.

Footage obtained by CBS 2 shows the man in a blue puffy coat with the hood up hiding outside the store. He waits for people to pass before glancing out the window.

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Footage obtained by CBS 2 shows the man in a blue puffy coat with the hood up lurking outside the store

Man waits for people to pass before peeking through jewelry store window

Man waits for people to pass before peeking through jewelry store window

He leaves for a brief second and returns with a heavy metal chain, which he throws at the glass door breaking one of the panels.

He leaves for a brief second and returns with a heavy metal chain, which he throws at the glass door breaking one of the panels.

He prepares to lift the metal chain at the door again, but comes face to face with the building manager pointing a gun in his direction.

He prepares to lift the metal chain at the door again, but comes face to face with the building manager pointing a gun in his direction.

He leaves for a brief second and returns with a heavy metal chain, which he throws at the glass door breaking one of the panels.

Jason Quach, who manages the building, told CBS 2 the man backed up and appeared to be checking to see if he would hear an alarm. He was in the office and heard the din.

“I don’t think he expected anyone to be inside,” Quach said.

Jason Quach, who manages the building, was in the office when he heard the din

Jason Quach, who manages the building, was in the office when he heard the din

“To me, this store is bread and butter,” Qadar Mohammed, president and owner of The Jewels of Chicago, told CBS2.

The door to the jewelry store is now barricaded after a would-be thief tried to force their way inside

The door to the jewelry store is now barricaded after a would-be thief tried to force their way inside

The smash and grab attempt happened just before 1 a.m. Friday at the Jewels of Chicago on East Madison Street on Jewelers Row

The smash and grab attempt happened just before 1 a.m. Friday at the Jewels of Chicago on East Madison Street on Jewelers Row

When no alarm goes off, the man prepares to put the metal chain back on the door. But before he could smash the second pane of glass, Quach lunged at him with his gun pointed.

“I didn’t get a chance to tell him anything. The moment he saw me come out with my gun, he quickly ran away,’ Quach told CBS 2, ‘and I just heard, ‘No, no, no. ”’

Quach said he was ready to fire if needed, but no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

The identity of the potential thief is unknown.

Friday night, the store was still closed.

“To me, this store is bread and butter,” Qadar Mohammed, president and owner of The Jewels of Chicago, told CBS2.

The Jewels Of Chicago has been family owned since 2010.

The Jewels of Chicago remain stranded after a thief broke down the door (pictured) early Friday, but was thwarted by the building manager

The Jewels of Chicago remain stranded after a thief broke down the door (pictured) early Friday, but was thwarted by the building manager

Jewelry fills the boxes at Chicago's Jewelry Row store

Jewelry fills the boxes at Chicago’s Jewelry Row store

Chicago’s bustling shopping districts have become the epicenter of armed robberies, with roving gangs of youths swarming upscale stores, seizing merchandise and fleeing.

A Burberry store on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile was repeatedly targeted by brazen thieves between November and January.

Burberry isn’t the only Chicago business to have been ransacked by organized gangs.

In November, more than a dozen people rushed into a Louis Vuitton store in the Chicago suburb of Oakbrook and stole $120,000 worth of items, which they were seen on surveillance video in the process of transport in garbage bags.

In December, two thieves broke into the Gold Coast Auto Gallery, smashed shop windows and stole $1 million worth of high-end watches.

Days later, police said a 16-year-old girl robbed Niketown and Zara stores on North Michigan Avenue and tasered a security guard. She was then arrested.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in September that large-scale store robberies orchestrated by organized crime rings cost U.S. retailers about $45 billion in annual losses.

Raoul formed the Retail Organized Crime Task Force comprised of public and private entities to tackle the problem head-on.

“These brazen and violent crimes are committed by sophisticated criminal organizations that are involved in drug trafficking, human trafficking and other serious crimes,” Raoul said at the time.

A similar trend has been seen in other major US cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, which have progressive district attorneys and lenient sentences for nonviolent offenses, such as retail crime.

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