By the Daily Post staff
A coordinated group of at least 10 thieves ran into the Neiman Marcus store at Stanford Shopping Center this afternoon and took more than $150,000 in handbags, police said.
The thieves are at large. Nobody was injured and no weapons were used.
At 12:20 p.m. today, dispatchers received a call relaying second-hand information about a man who supposedly had a gun inside the Neiman Marcus store. Officers arrived and soon learned that there was no man with a gun, but rather that a massive theft had taken place.
It turned out that five men and five women entered the store and grabbed 43 handbags, some of which they physically ripped off security cables, causing some glass in the display cabinets to shatter.
They ran out of the store and fled in three vehicles before police arrived.
Police believe that at least two more suspects were acting as getaway drivers but didn’t enter the store.
Police suspect somebody mistook the sound of the breaking display cabinet glass to be a gunshot. There was no evidence that any of the thieves were armed.
The total value of the handbags was more than $150,000.
Witnesses could only describe the suspects as black males and females, all of whom were wearing face coverings and hooded items of clothing. The three vehicles were described as a white Ford Mustang, a dark blue Infiniti four-door sedan, and a white Infiniti four-door sedan.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.