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Gang breaks into Neiman Marcus, steals up to $150K in luxury purses

SAN DIEGO – A gang of about 16 people smashed the glass doors of Neiman Marcus in Fashion Valley early Friday and made off with up to $150,000 worth of high-end purses, police said.

Surveillance video showed that someone broke the glass door of the store located at 7027 Friars Road at about 3:20 a.m. That person and about 15 others then rushed into the store and made off with a haul of luxury purses.

The robbers ran back out the broken door and left the mall in five vehicles, included a white SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe, with tinted windows and black rims; a late-model silver Ford Taurus; and three four-door sedans of unknown make and model, two of them red and the other gray. All of the autos had paper license plates.

"It is unusual. This was very brazen. We haven't seen anything like this in the city of San Diego in a long time. They were obviously very organized. They knew exactly what they were looking for and where it was located," said Captain Paul Conneley of San Diego Police Department.

All of the robbers were dressed in dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts and covered their faces.

Anyone with information about the burglary was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.