It took ‘less than a minute’ for about a dozen robbers to knock over heavy glass display cases filled with expensive Celine handbags and flee with them Wednesday night at Neiman Marcus in Northbrook Court.
One injury was reported – a loss prevention officer, who was punched during the "grab and run'' robbery, which took place near closing time Wednesday at the upscale department store, according to Northbrook Police Deputy Chief Dan Strickland.
Witnesses reported seeing about 10-12 younger-appearing suspects who quickly strode into one of the store’s main entrances in a single-file line wearing bright, colored hoodies, which were pulled over their heads.
Strickland and a witness said the robbers, who swept past men’s shoes and left the same way, were also wearing masks.
In less than a minute, they demolished the luxury handbag section and alarmed staffers leaving broken glass scattered everywhere before running away with several Celine purses after pushing over multiple thick, heavy glass display cabinets, causing a deafening crash, according to Strickland and a witness.
The suspects, who appeared to be Black males between the ages of 16 and 20, fled east on Lake Cook Road in two dark-colored SUVs, according to Strickland.
No weapons were used and no one has been arrested.
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