Large Group of Suspects Steals Handbags from Louis Vuitton

Published on June 09, 2021

Palo Alto, CA A coordinated group of eleven suspects ran into the open Louis Vuitton store on Monday afternoon at Stanford Shopping Center, escaping with more than $100,000 in handbags.  The suspects caused no injuries, and no weapons were used.  The suspects are at large.

On Monday, June 7, 2021 at about 5:30 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a witness reporting that a large group of suspects had just committed a shoplift from the Louis Vuitton store at Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real.  Officers responded immediately but the suspects had already fled in vehicles.

The investigation revealed that eleven unarmed suspects entered the open store and grabbed 36 handbags.  They exited the store quickly, ran through the mall, and fled in five vehicles prior to police arrival.  The total value of the stolen handbags was more than $100,000.

Witnesses could only describe the suspects as black males and females, possibly in their late teens or early twenties.  The suspects were wearing 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).  Police will not be releasing any video surveillance of the incident.  A witness was able to photograph one of the suspects as she fled through the mall carrying stolen handbags; two images of that suspect are attached to this release.

Officers are actively investigating this case, to include working with regional partners to see if the same group of suspects may be connected to any similar burglary shoplifts in other cities.  While similar to a case that occurred in Palo Alto at Neiman Marcus on May 19, the vehicles used in that incident were different.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.

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