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ST. LOUIS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A group of Chicago-area residents accused of stealing $60,000 worth of handbags in a brazen smash-and-grab in St. Louis are suspected in similar crimes in at least three other states involving nearly $2 million in thefts and damage.
The crime that happened Saturday in a St. Louis suburb resulted in a police chase that ended 60 miles away in Illinois. Seven men and one woman face felony charges. All of the suspects are in their 20s.
Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mike Link says the suspects are believed to be part of a ring that has stolen merchandise from high-end retail stores in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, in addition to the Missouri crime.
Four other suspects in the Missouri case got away in a separate car and are still at large.
In January of this year a group of thieves smashed a stolen car into the side of the Chanel boutique in Dallas’ Highland Park Village. It only took 60 seconds for the thieves to rush in and out, loaded down with expensive Chanel purses.
Eventually seven suspects were arrested, accused of stealing a pair of designer shoes and some 45 handbags worth at least $250,000.
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