Moment thieves ransack $140,000 designer goods Ohio Louis Vuitton store in minutes ‘where staff previously claimed they were barred from arresting shoplifters’
- Eight to 10 thieves wearing ski masks raided a Louis Vuitton store in Kenwood, Ohio on Wednesday, taking more than $140,000 worth of merchandise
- Within minutes, the thieves emptied “every item on the showroom floor,” according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.
- They all ran over there and they started grabbing shit,’ a 911 caller said. ‘As soon as we turned our backs…they were already out’
- Employees were reportedly told they weren’t authorized to arrest shoplifters
- Burglaries in Cincinnati, just 11 miles from the mall where the theft took place, are up 12% from 2021
A horde of thieves stole “every item on the showroom floor” from a Louis Vuitton store in Ohio on Wednesday, taking more than $140,000 worth of merchandise in minutes.
Shortly after 3 p.m., eight to 10 people wearing ski masks and gloves were dropped off at the entrance to the Kenwood Towne Center in Kenwood, Ohio, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
They could be seen jostling store workers to get inside in surveillance stills, which were shared by investigators.
The swarm then stole almost all of the goods within minutes, before piling into a dark gray Dodge Durango SUV and a black sedan and peeling off.
Both vehicles were last seen driving northbound on Route 1-71, the department said.
Several shocked shoppers called 911 to report the lightning-fast theft.
“We’re at the Kenwood mall and we just saw 15 guys walk into Louis Vuitton and rob the store,” a caller told the dispatch, according to WLWT.
“As soon as we started walking they all ran out there and they started grabbing shit, knocking stuff over and then running away,” another caller said. “And as soon as we turned our backs, the security guard was already in and they were already out.”
As a security guard watched, a horde of eight to 10 thieves were seen ransacking the Louis Vuitton store at Kenwood Mall in Ohio shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Within minutes, they collected $140,000 worth of merchandise and fled — according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, they stole “every item on the showroom floor.”
They were filmed piling into a dark gray SUV and a black sedan and peeling off. Both vehicles were last seen heading northbound 1-71
When the surveillance footage was first released on Thursday, deputies reported that $413,000 worth of goods had been stolen; On Friday, a spokesperson clarified that the initial estimate was incorrect, according to WSMVName.
No arrests have been made, police said, and anyone with information that could lead to the capture of the thieves is asked to call the department.
WLWT’s Sheree Paolello wrote in a Tweet that store employees were not allowed to confront shoplifters.
“A friend told me over Christmas break that she saw people shoplifting there,” she wrote. “She reported it to the manager and was told ‘Yeah, we know. But we have no right to stop it. WHAT?’
In Cincinnati, just 15 minutes from the mall, burglaries are up 12% this year from the same time in 2021, from 344 incidents to 385.
However, that 14% is below the three-year average of 450 burglaries, according to data compiled by the Hamilton County Police Department.
Brazen thefts have exploded in recent years in the United States, with many blame-crime policies reducing sentences for non-violent crimes.
On April 7 in New York City, two women and a man stole 112 diamond rings worth a collective $450,000 from a Midtown jewelry store on West 47th Street.
The suspects — all Hispanic and in their late 20s to early 50s, the lawmen said — entered the Diamond Center as separate customers, cops said, with one suspect slipping the rings and the other two serving as lookouts.
On April 15, a thief was filmed walking down the aisles of CVS in notorious liberal San Francisco stuffing his pockets and a wheeled suitcase, making off with whatever he wanted before exiting the store without opposition.