BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Fox 8 News has obtained stunning surveillance footage showing a bold smash-and-grab involving a dozen suspects stealing $300,000 in designer purses from the Saks Fifth Avenue at Beachwood Place mall. The burglary happened while the store was closed at around 5 a.m. on September 18.
The video shows a stolen Jeep crashing into the front doors of the store. Police said four people were inside the vehicle, and then eight others run into the store, including some in masks. Moments later, the suspects ran out of the store with stolen purses in tow. Some jumped into a getaway car, with all suspects gone within a minute, along with the valuable purses.
“It’s shocking and brazen for sure, and dangerous,” Beachwood Police Capt. Gary Haba said. “We were there quick, mall security was there quick, but you see how quickly they were in and out.”
Beachwood police said Chicago police have now arrested two suspects. Investigators said they were selling loot out of a car, including at least four Prada purses stolen from Beachwood Place
The stores helped investigators link the crime ring, based in Chicago, which targeted high end department stores in several states including Indiana, Michigan, Arizona and Illinois. Investigators said all involved smashing stolen vehicles into the stores.
Police said the Jeep used in the Beachwood burglary was stolen from a John Carroll University student parked on campus.
“These are professionals,” Haba said. “This is a planned event, and thankfully there were no shoppers involved.”
Chicago police and federal authorities are still working to track down the remaining suspects.