A series of robberies on Chicago’s South Side, store owner attacked, prom dress stolen


South Side shopkeepers were raided over the weekend, dozens of prom dresses were stolen, teens were devastated and parents were furious.

The incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of West 37, according to Chicago city.

Binta Diallo, owner of Binta Sagare Dress, said he was attacked by his mother and aunt while making a prom dress for a client.

“We both jumped over me when my daughter was stealing a dress in the store,” she said.

More dresses were taken, she says, while her assistant tried to manage the business.

“None of the people who went and picked up the dress that day paid me,” she said.

She said more dresses were stolen on Sunday. Ms Diallo has refunded her client for the loss of her dress, but she said the insurance does not cover the loss.

“I refunded people over $30,000,” she said. “All these people are hurt because of the people who came into the store and stole the dress.”

Some parents say they are outraged by communications about the incident.

Shonda Lemon said she was “very upset, sad and disappointed”.

Ms. Lemmon said she never received an apology and said she had received no information from the company other than social media posts.

“It’s not. She dropped the ball,” she said.

Diallo says he’s not sure if he wants to continue his business.

“This is unacceptable. This is why we don’t do business in the city,” she said. “This used to be my happy place. Now look at this. I don’t want to be here.”


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Written by Natalia Chi

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