SAN DIEGO — Police are investigating after a popular department store was robbed in the University City area Wednesday.

The robbery occurred just before 7 p.m. during store hours in Nordstrom at Westfield UTC, where a group of thieves stole a total of 70 designer handbags, San Diego police told FOX 5.

Surveillance video obtained by FOX 5 shows between seven to nine suspects taking what police say was around $140,000 worth of items and escape from the scene in a matter of two minutes.

Officers say the thieves used cutters to rip the security cords from the handbags.

Investigators believe the thieves are a theft ring from Los Angeles.

FOX 5’s Jaime Chambers contributed to this story.