A modern and expensive winter fad is becoming the target of armed robbers in Chicago: the goose coats of Canada.
At least six times in eight days, the criminals confronted the victims and forced them to hand over their jackets, CBS Chicago reported. The police said that in each case, the victims were robbed at gunpoint.
Canada goose coats sell for around $ 500 to $ 1,200 on the company's website. They are a hot topic during the cold winter months.
"It keeps me extremely hot," said Ariel Soldatov, owner of a Canada Goose coat. "I do not have to wrap up so much and the hood completely covers me with hair."
On Wednesday, a man was confronted in Chicago by two men with guns, who demanded the victim's jacket. The criminals, described as two black men between 20 and 20 years old, fled in a light colored sedan.
A second robbery on Wednesday was captured in a surveillance video, showing two suspects attacking a victim. After a brief fight, they took off their jacket and climbed into a white Mercedes.
Two more robberies took place on January 17. On January 15, armed robbers attacked the victims. In those cases, the suspects, two black men in dark jackets with hoods, jeans and ski masks, climbed into a dark Audi sedan and demanded coats.
There have been no arrests in the robberies, in which some people who own the coats in Chicago think twice about using them.
"In fact, I was just buying and I was looking for a coat that was a little less expensive in case something like this happened," said Terry Kraus. "It's disappointing that I saved a lot of money to get this coat, and now I can not even enjoy it."
Howard or Toole, owner of a Canada Goose coat, described it as "a really functional and high quality jacket".
"I guess you take a chance, right?" he said. "You spent the money on an expensive jacket, I guess you're nervous and you'll be a target."
O & # 39; Toole took off his coat patch because he did not like the idea of giving Canada Goose free publicity, but now he says there is an additional benefit of making it less objective for criminals.
Think others should also consider removing the patch.
"Why not, I mean you still have a good jacket," he said.
But the patch and logo, as easily recognizable as Canada Goose, are part of what attracts some people to the products.
"Hell, no, I paid too much to eliminate that," Kraus said.
But Kraus is taking other precautions: "Keep up with what surrounds me and also stay in well-trafficked areas," he said.