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Chicago Fur Outlet closes its doors without warning

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Fur Outlet has been on the city's North Side for nearly 30 years. Back in the day, it was the spot to buy, sell or store your fur coat.

Now, the State's Attorney's Office has posted a "closed" sign on the door, leaving people wondering what they have to do to get their coats back.

"I was calling and I kept getting this funny busy signal and I'm thinking, I haven't heard that in a long time. Is it off the hook? What is it?" Dawn Hendon says.

Dawn Hendon got no answer because there's not much left of the Chicago Fur Outlet--no furs, no racks and nobody around to help customers find their furs.

The "furry godmother" worked her magic for decades on the corner of Halsted and Diversey, but the current owner, named in a lawsuit filed by the State's Attorney's Office last April, closed the store in August. He's being sued for unfair or deceptive practices.

The Consumer Fraud Unit received a number of calls from people, who wanted to sell their furs on consignment at the store.

The lawsuit claims the current owner sold the furs, but never forked over the funds.

Hendon says she didn't know what was going on when she paid the $55 storage fee in June. She's smiling and profiling now because after a week of calls, she got a mink back.

"Leather Rich and Without A Trace have been great because Without A Trace has a lot of the coats. They do, so ladies and gentlemen you may be able to reclaim your coats," Hendon says.

Some of those furs can be dropped off at the Without A Trace store in the Gold Coast. If you have your claim number and proper identification, employees are working with the owner of the Chicago Fur Outlet and the State's Attorney's Office to make sure you get your coat back.

The only catch: there's another $50 fee.

"They're in good hands and as far as I know," Brad Goliber, who works at Without A Trace, says. "Everything is in a vault and being stored they're being taken care of properly."

FOX 32's Darlene Hill spoke with an attorney in the State's Attorney's Office who says they just found more fur coats---some of them in storage; others on consignment. Those coats will be at one of those facilities.

For more information, contact the State's Attorney's Office.

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