Police say thieves broke into the Neiman Marcus store at the Rittenhouse Square atrium in Philadelphia on Monday evening and stole luxury sunglasses valued at $151,800.
No one was hurt during the robbery, but damage to the elevator and glass windows was estimated at $200,000, authorities said.
The suspects exited the store at around 10:45 p.m. and fled the scene on foot, according to police. Police believe the suspects were part of a larger group of thieves that also stole several units from the GameStop store in the shopping mall on Monday.
Several residents were arrested in relation to the theft.
Surveillance cameras show a man wearing a dark colored pants and a white collared shirt entering the GameStop store and carrying an empty backpack from the bedroom.
A woman, later identified as 46-year-old Darlene Nichols, was seen on surveillance footage entering the store wearing jeans and a maroon scarf and carrying a black bag that she then partially opens.
Some hours later the same woman is seen wearing a different maroon scarf, walking into the Neiman Marcus store.
“The way I saw it, the woman entered the store and then others went in after her,” a shocked mall employee told CNN affiliate WPVI . “They bypassed the security line.”
The Neiman Marcus store at the Rittenhouse Square atrium, along with the rest of the popular shopping area, was once closed due to security concerns, but is now open.
The planned police raid began at the GameStop store at approximately 5:30 p.m. and when police arrived, the suspects were gone.
Philadelphia Police Lt. Mark Walker said officials believe the robbery was committed by up to four men.
GameStop released a statement on their Facebook page Monday night, saying they are “working to assist the authorities with their investigation.”
“The perpetrators made an off-the-shelf product so in large quantities, they were able to reproduce some of the merchandise and use their cell phones to remotely commit the crime, making the merchandise appear genuine,” store manager Mike Lawrence said on Facebook.