Police are looking for a gang of thieves who cleaned out the Louis Vuitton store

Police are looking for a gang of thieves who stole $140,000 worth of luxury goods from a Louis Vuitton store in Kenwood, Ohio on Wednesday. The exterior of a Louis Vuitton is pictured in New York on May 16, 2020.
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Ohio police are reportedly looking for a gang that stole $140,000 worth of merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said a group of as many as 10 armed, masked robbers entered the Kenwood Towne Center in Kenwood, Ohio on Wednesday afternoon and shoved store employees to luxury before stealing “every item off the showroom floor,” according to Fox affiliate WXIX.

Security camera footage shows the suspects entering the mall, fleeing the store with items in their hands and fleeing towards a gray SUV and a black sedan after completing the robbery. The sheriff’s office said the group was last spotted heading north on Interstate 71.

The public was asked to provide tips to help investigators catch suspects. Kenwood is a suburb of Cincinnati, just over 10 miles north of the city. The next major city north of Kenwood is Columbus, which is about 95 miles up the highway.

Newsweek contacted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for comment and additional information.

Gangs of thieves targeted high-end consignment stores in New York City earlier this year, apparently stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in luxury goods.

Suspects stole nearly $500,000 in luxury brand jewelry and handbags during a February robbery in the Upper East Side neighborhood, according to the New York Post. A similar theft at another store in the same neighborhood reportedly resulted in a loss of $100,000 this month.

A series of robberies involving large groups of suspects was also reported last year in California and Illinois. The thieves targeted luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and department store Nordstrom, as well as independent stores selling high-value items.

Chicago-area Louis Vuitton stores have been repeatedly targeted by gangs of masked thieves whose brazen thefts have been captured on CCTV. Police said several robberies involved thefts over $100,000.

Burglaries at high-end stores in San Francisco last November prompted the temporary closure of at least six Union Square stores, including one Louis Vuitton. Additional thefts have been reported in the Los Angeles area.

Danny Ryan, owner of independent San Jose, Calif. store Kickz, Inc., said Newsweek that he closed up shop and focused on online sales to avoid becoming the next victim of robbery gangs.

“We’re right in the middle of the San Jose shopping district, and there was a bunch of smash-and-grabs 100 yards from us,” Ryan said last December. “I felt it wouldn’t be worth going on and giving the thieves this opportunity to come and run over us and get us.”

“We have a lot of premium products,” he added. “We’re pretty well known. It was only a matter of time.”

The company’s physical store is expected to reopen next week, according to the Kickz, Inc. Instagram page.