Group of 11 thieves take $100,000 in handbags from Stanford Shopping Center

One of the suspects in a heist of $100,000 in handbags from the Louis Vuitton store at the Stanford Shopping Center. Photo from Palo Alto police.

By the Daily Post staff

Police say 11 “coordinated” thieves descended upon the Louis Vuitton store at the Stanford Shopping Center and stole $100,000 in handbags.

The suspects are at large.

Dispatchers received a 911 call on Monday at 5:30 about a large group of people who had hit the store. Police said they responded immediately but the suspects had already fled in five cars.

No injuries were reported and no weapons were used.

Police learned that 36 handbags were taken by the group. The average price of a stolen handbag was $2,777.

Witnesses weren’t able to provide much in the way of descriptions. They were men and women in their late teens or early 20s. They wore face coverings.

Witnesses reported the suspects left in five vehicles — a gray Lexus sedan, a gray Infinity sport utility vehicle, a white Audi sedan, a black four-door Hyundai sedan, and a red two-door Honda sedan.

While similar to the heist of $150,000 in handbags from the Stanford Shopping Center’s Neiman Marcus store on May 19, police said the vehicles used by the thieves in that incident were different.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.


  1. How hard would it be to post a police car — maybe an unmarked car — in the parking lot of the Stanford Shopping Center to wait for these guys? Or, if the Police Department is interested in deterrence, why not have uniformed officers walking the mall all day?

  2. How did they all get in the store in the first place? There is a line for the store and security only lets a few people in at a time.

  3. The descriptions of their automobiles are great- quite thorough on distinguishing characteristics. And as for the thieves?

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