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More than $150K worth of handbags stolen from Neiman Marcus store

'Coordinated group' flees the scene in three vehicles

At least 10 people wearing hoods stand outside the Neiman Marcus department store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, where they stole 43 handbags on May 19, 2021. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Palo Alto police are looking for a group of at least 10 people who took dozens of handbags collectively valued at more than $150,000 from the Neiman Marcus department store at Stanford Shopping Center on May 19, 2021. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

More than $150,000 worth of handbags were stolen from the Neiman Marcus department store at Stanford Shopping Center by a "coordinated group" of at least 10 people on Wednesday afternoon, according to Palo Alto police.

Officers responded to the mall at 180 El Camino Real after an emergency dispatcher received a call around 12:20 p.m. from someone who heard second-hand that a man was inside the department store with a gun, according to a press release.

Soon after police reached the scene, they found out the information of an armed man was a false report. They learned the store was hit by a group of at least 10 people who took 43 handbags, including some that were forced from security cables, breaking some glass display cabinets in the process, police said.

The group, made up of five males and five females, fled the store in three vehicles before officers arrived. Officers suspect two more people worked with the thieves by serving as their getaway drivers, but didn't go inside the store, according to police.

Investigators found no evidence that the group was armed, the release states. They believe the sound of glass breaking was mistaken for a gunshot, which may have led to the false report of an armed person.

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Based on witness accounts, the thieves were described as Black males and females who wore face coverings and clothes with hoods. The three getaway vehicles were a white Ford Mustang and two Infiniti four-door sedans, one that was white and another that was dark blue, police said.

Officers plan to connect with other agencies in the area to see if the group is linked to other similar thefts in nearby cities.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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More than $150K worth of handbags stolen from Neiman Marcus store

'Coordinated group' flees the scene in three vehicles

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, May 19, 2021, 7:00 pm

More than $150,000 worth of handbags were stolen from the Neiman Marcus department store at Stanford Shopping Center by a "coordinated group" of at least 10 people on Wednesday afternoon, according to Palo Alto police.

Officers responded to the mall at 180 El Camino Real after an emergency dispatcher received a call around 12:20 p.m. from someone who heard second-hand that a man was inside the department store with a gun, according to a press release.

Soon after police reached the scene, they found out the information of an armed man was a false report. They learned the store was hit by a group of at least 10 people who took 43 handbags, including some that were forced from security cables, breaking some glass display cabinets in the process, police said.

The group, made up of five males and five females, fled the store in three vehicles before officers arrived. Officers suspect two more people worked with the thieves by serving as their getaway drivers, but didn't go inside the store, according to police.

Investigators found no evidence that the group was armed, the release states. They believe the sound of glass breaking was mistaken for a gunshot, which may have led to the false report of an armed person.

Based on witness accounts, the thieves were described as Black males and females who wore face coverings and clothes with hoods. The three getaway vehicles were a white Ford Mustang and two Infiniti four-door sedans, one that was white and another that was dark blue, police said.

Officers plan to connect with other agencies in the area to see if the group is linked to other similar thefts in nearby cities.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Comments

William Larsen
Registered user
Crescent Park
on May 20, 2021 at 7:06 am
William Larsen, Crescent Park
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 7:06 am

Where was store security and don't they check 'customers' at the entrance due to coronavirus related in-store capacity mandates?

While the stolen merchandise can easily be remunerated by theft insurance, this incident could have easily been prevented.

On the other hand, this theft is probably predicated on black market merchandising opportunities that cater to the whims of countless women who feel the dire need to superficially express themselves by flashing expensive, designer label handbags when out in public.

A Thorstein Veblen nightmare.



Lucy Waters
Registered user
another community
on May 20, 2021 at 8:24 am
Lucy Waters, another community
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 8:24 am

Flashing a designer handbag to go shopping is both superfluous and shallow but very popular among those who embrace conspicuous consumption and enjoy putting on airs.

I still use a small backpack and would even resort to carrying an old pillowcase but fear it might become a trendy expression like wearing expensive ripped jeans.

Poverty fashion-related imagery is hip among those who are not actually poor and wealthy fashion-related imagery is important to people who are not actually wealthy.

Ironic eh? Just like white upper middle class women (pseudo hippies) wearing designer gypsy fashion wear during the 1960s.


Jennifer
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another community
on May 20, 2021 at 8:25 am
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 8:25 am

You would think these crimes would be preventable, but sometimes you have to think outside of the box. They're more concerned about liability, and rightfully so.


AlexDeLarge
Registered user
Midtown
on May 20, 2021 at 10:11 am
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 10:11 am


Criminals gonna criminal...


Weifeng Pan
Registered user
Midtown
on May 20, 2021 at 10:45 am
Weifeng Pan, Midtown
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 10:45 am

Please do not use the word "steal" because it was not. The correct word is "robbery"


Butch Logan
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Mountain View
on May 20, 2021 at 10:49 am
Butch Logan, Mountain View
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 10:49 am

Thieves and their potential customers enjoy owning nice things just as much as others do.

It is bred into our materialistic consumer mindset.

Remove the designer label allure and these types of crimes will subside.

Good luck with that as ego and narcissism is a part of human nature.

Do not fault the perpetrators...they are simply fulfilling a modern societal NEED.


jr1
Registered user
Greenmeadow
on May 20, 2021 at 11:09 am
jr1, Greenmeadow
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 11:09 am

When I was attending college, I worked in retail part-time. The company has had a policy if someone comes in to rob the place-let them. The people robbing the store have little if any value in your life. This is brought on for one simple reason, if and when they are caught the DA will do nothing. The people will get away with a little hand slap, and the consumer will pay. Theft is something that consumers have to pay for because the DA's around the country do nothing today.


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 20, 2021 at 11:25 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 11:25 am

Walgreen's has had to close 17 stores in San Francisco because of organized groups of shoplifters and CVS 8 or 12. Web Link


L. Brown
Registered user
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 20, 2021 at 11:27 am
L. Brown, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 11:27 am

Having worked in retail myself, it is not worth risking life and limb to try and apprehend a potentially violent shoplifter.

Insurance covers the loss and the corporate owners could care less about the welfare of their employees.

There is no point in winding up in the ER over a minimum wage job.

Just let the thrives steal as it is up to the security guards and police to control these endeavors. That's what they are getting paid to do


Jose Takamoto
Registered user
Barron Park
on May 20, 2021 at 11:56 am
Jose Takamoto, Barron Park
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 11:56 am
YP
Registered user
Crescent Park
on May 20, 2021 at 12:43 pm
YP, Crescent Park
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 12:43 pm

Sad to see that several posters seem to blame society and not the actions of 10 individuals . Although that doesn't surprise me in the liberal paradise of Palo Alto. I have a solution to stop these acts, let's defund the cops!! that will work I've been told.


Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm

These handbags are expensive! I wonder how big they are? 43 handbags with 6 thieves is an average of 7 for each to carry. Makes it seem very easy pickings.

It is too easy for thieves to steal and get away with it. Even if they are caught, they will get little punishment. Even if the bags are retrieved, they will no longer be in condition to be sold because even if I was in the market for buying such an expensive item, or even wanted one, I definitely would not want recovered stolen goods. They are lost to the store and as others have said, insurance will cover the loss. Unfortunately, c'est la vie.


Leland J.
Registered user
Professorville
on May 20, 2021 at 1:11 pm
Leland J. , Professorville
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 1:11 pm

Well, at least they wore their masks! Imagine our local health officials will applaud that.


Desert4Wheeler
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Barron Park
on May 20, 2021 at 2:01 pm
Desert4Wheeler, Barron Park
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on May 20, 2021 at 2:01 pm
Bob Bigsby
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Barron Park
on May 20, 2021 at 2:31 pm
Bob Bigsby, Barron Park
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 2:31 pm
Lei Tsau
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Charleston Meadows
on May 20, 2021 at 2:44 pm
Lei Tsau, Charleston Meadows
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 2:44 pm
Seen It All
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another community
on May 20, 2021 at 3:02 pm
Seen It All, another community
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 3:02 pm
We Are The People
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East Palo Alto
on May 20, 2021 at 3:29 pm
We Are The People, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 20, 2021 at 3:29 pm

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