A group of 11 people took 36 handbags from the Louis Vuitton store at Stanford Mall on Monday afternoon before escaping in five waiting vehicles, according to Palo Alto police.
Police have estimated that the handbags seized in the coordinated burglary are valued at more than $ 100,000, according to a press release from the Palo Alto Police Department. The suspects, who were wearing face coverings, did not use any weapons or cause injury during the shoplifting. They remain free.
Officers learned of the heist from the police dispatch, which received a call from a witness around 5:30 p.m. Monday, indicating that a large group had just shoplifted from the store. By the time police arrived, the suspects had left in the vehicles, described as a Lexus sedan, a gray Infinity SUV, a white Audi sedan, a black Hyundai four-door sedan and a red Honda two-door sedan.
A witness took a photo of one of the shoplifters as she fled into the mall with the stolen handbags. The group has been described as a group of black men and women who may be in their late teens or early twenties.
Palo Alto Police are working with regional partners to see if the same group of suspects may be linked to similar break-ins in other cities, according to the press release. While comparable to a case that occurred in Palo Alto in Neiman Marcus on May 19, the vehicles used in that incident were different, police said.