Small business owners closed Chicago store after $ 30,000 robbery and anti-Asian “harassment”

The owner of a small business in Chicago has decided to shut down her store altogether after recent robbery and constant harassment.

Jessica Nguyen, owner of the Jessica’s boutique in Chicago’s West Beverly district, has recently been robbed and lost more than $ 30,000.

According to police, an unidentified thief broke into the store around 3:15 am on March 19. Among the stolen goods were designer sunglasses, clothes and wallets.

Nguyen’s husband, Lauren Watkins, said CBS Chicago The thief was able to stay in the store for about 15 minutes because the alarm system wasn’t working. Watkins said the thief was roaming the store as if he were “in a park or something.”

The shopkeeper also added that another reason she decided to close the shop was due to the constant harassment she had received as an Asian since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve been harassed a lot,” Nguyen said. “This area is very good, so I was very sad.”

Nguyen now wants to sell all the products in his store by the end of the year and recreate the space in something else.

The Chicago Police Department said it had not caught the suspect yet and would publish an image of the suspect through a community alert as soon as information was available.

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