Dramatic video captured by security cameras in a Hermès store at the Fashion Valley mall in San Diego reveals just how quickly a group of 10 thieves systematically robbed the place of more than half a million dollars worth of merchandise.
The heist happened at the Friars Road shopping center Jan. 21 at about 4:20 a.m.
The grainy footage shows the robbers prying open the security gate, quickly filing inside and swarming the store. Few places were left untouched as the suspects methodically grabbed handbags, jewelry and clothing.
Several display cases were knocked over or smashed during the robbery. It was all over in minutes, and the group, in hooded sweatshirts and gloves, filed out as fast as they came in.
Police said the thieves left in three vehicles — a white Chevrolet Suburban and two blue sedans. Each vehicle had paper plates.
Investigators suspect the crew might be connected to a statewide series that has left a number of high-end department stores burglarized.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call police investigators at (619) 692-4800 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.