Palo Alto shoplifters take flight with $ 100,000 designer handbags – NBC Bay Area


For the second time in as many months, a large group of shoplifters have stolen more than $ 100,000 in designer handbags from a store in the Stanford Mall in Palo Alto.

At around 5:30 p.m., officers were called to the Louis Vuitton store in the 180 El Camino Real shopping center but upon arrival the suspects had already fled, according to Palo Alto police.

Witnesses said a group of 11 people, described as men and women in their late teens to early 20s, rushed into the store, grabbed 36 handbags, then walked through the mall and fled in five vehicles.

All of the suspects wore face coverings, police said.

Their cars were described as a gray Lexus sedan, a gray Infinity sport utility vehicle, a white Audi sedan, a black Hyundai four-door sedan, and a red Honda two-door sedan.

While the crime is similar to that of May 19 at the Neiman Marcus store, police said the getaway cars were different from those used in Monday’s robbery.

In last month’s incident, a group of 10 men and women used similar tactics to steal 43 handbags worth more than $ 150,000.

Investigators are contacting other Bay Area law enforcement agencies to see if similar crimes have been reported in other cities.

No injuries or arrests have been reported for any of these crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.

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