Man allegedly stole $56,000 in watches from Ralph Lauren on Mag Mile — then was arrested hours later for hammer attack at Mother Hubbard’s

Anthony M. Strozier, 31, was caught on surveillance video using bolt cutters to snip the lock of a glass case and making off with four watches, court records show.

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A convicted felon allegedly stole over $56,000 worth of vintage watches from the Ralph Lauren store on the Magnificent Mile last month, just hours before he was arrested for an earlier hammer attack at Mother Hubbard’s bar in River North.

Anthony M. Strozier, 31, was taken into custody Monday and charged with a felony count of theft in the July 25 heist at the high-end shop at 750 N. Michigan Ave., according to Chicago police and Cook County court records.


Anthony M. Strozier

During Strozier’s initial court hearing Monday, prosecutors said he was caught on surveillance video donning a suit and tie around 5:45 p.m. and using bolt cutters to break into a locked jewelry case. He made off with four watches valued at $56,150, prosecutors said.

Surveillance video from neighboring businesses showed Strozier leaving the store and entering the Peninsula hotel at 108 E. Superior St., prosecutors said. He eventually left the hotel with a rolling suitcase and traveled to a storage facility in River North that belonged to his girlfriend.

During the investigation, detectives learned Strozier had been arrested in another case that same day.

Around 10:10 p.m., he went to Mother Hubbard’s at 5 W. Hubbard St. and an employee there identified him as the person who pepper-sprayed him and hit him in the face with a claw hammer on June 16, according to court records.

The employee suffered a concussion and required 13 stitches to his forehead, records show. Strozier was arrested and charged with the attack, then released from Cook County Jail on July 29 after putting up a $2,000 deposit.

The detective investigating that case positively identified Strozier from still images from the Ralph Lauren store, prosecutors said.

On Aug. 2, detectives searched the storage unit and found bolt cutters, two watches, a suitcase and the clothes Strozier was seen wearing in surveillance footage, prosecutors said. When he was taken into custody Monday, he allegedly asked “what he would get if he gave the watches back.”

Strozier has been arrested multiple times and convicted of a felony count of retail theft and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, according to prosecutors, who didn’t seek to file a bail bond violation in connection to the other open case because they “occurred on the same day.”

His public defender described him as a high school graduate with a hospitality degree who has worked at the All-Steel Equipment Company for two years.

Judge Susana L. Ortiz set his bail at $10,000, meaning Strozier will have to pay $1,000 to be released from jail. If released, he’ll be placed on a round-the-clock curfew with an electronic monitoring device.

His next court date was set for Aug. 17.

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