Two burly men put a new spin on purse snatching Saturday (June 4) when they stole 13 designer purses and ran out of Neiman Marcus at Stanford Shopping Center, according to Palo Alto police.
Security personnel noticed the incongruous juxaposition of large men wearing multiple handbags at 2:56 p.m. and confronted the robbers as they exited the store, police spokesman Sgt. Alex Afanasiev said.
One suspect attempted to pepper spray one of the security guards but missed and successfully pepper sprayed the second security guard. The men took only Diane von Furstenberg handbags valued at $7,565, he said.
Afanasiev said it appeared the men knew exactly what they wanted to steal. The robbers are both described as black, in their 20s, about 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. They wore jeans, black hooded sweatshirts, black shoes and dark-colored baseball caps.
The men fled in a black four-door Chevy Impala with paper license plates, he said.