DALLAS (KRLD) – Nearly two weeks after a smash-and-grab at the Chanel boutique in Dallas’ Highland Park Village, police have released video of the seven suspects breaking into the store.
“They all face charges of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,” says Highland Park police lieutenant Lance Koppa. “That’s a heavy charge. You’re looking at these people being involved in more than what’s seen on the video.”
The video shows the suspects ramming a stolen car into the side of the store, along Preston Road. It took them just 60 seconds to rush in and out, loaded down with expensive Chanel purses.
Koppa said police quickly understood what they were dealing with. “We know Chanel is expensive. We know these handbags are a hot commodity and that there’s a lot of interest in them.”
Similar crimes have been reported nationwide and Highland Park police are now working to see if the group in Dallas could have had a hand in those burglaries too.
Six suspects were originally arrested in the Chanel burglary, after a car and foot chase. A seventh person was taken into custody a few hours after the initial arrests. Two of the seven arrested are under 17 years old.
Police credit the security guard who saw the incident and immediately called police.
In all, the suspects stole 45 handbags worth at least $250,000. All of the bags were recovered.
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