Police: $150K in merchandise stolen during smash and grab at Easton Louis Vuitton store
Police are investigating a burglary at the Easton Shopping Center where they say suspects made off with $150,000 worth of merchandise.
"Driving a van through a front door is pretty brazen," Sgt. Dean Worthington with Columbus Police said. "Going in and taking as much as they did is even more brazen."
Authorities say a U-Haul box truck was used to drive through the front door of the Louis Vuitton store in the early morning hours on Thursday. Police said the suspects then took dozens of purses, clothes, and other items from the high-end store.
The store was conducting inventory to assess losses and damages, but estimated $150,000 in stolen merchandise.
Authorities are now investigating whether an abandoned U-Haul found parked in a Plain City church parking lot several hours after the theft is connected with the break-in.
Gary Payne, with Living Water Church of God found the banged up truck, and immediately called police. "I seen the door had been wrecked, glass inside."
Easton Town Center Management provided a statement to ABC 6/FOX 28, saying "We are working with CPD on their investigation and once they are apprehended we will prosecute these criminals to the full extent of the law."
Columbus Police confirm officers are reviewing surveillance video but are not releasing photos right now, as they work with other law enforcement agencies. Authorities now looking into the possibility the break-in could be linked to a similar unsolved theft at a Louis Vuitton store in downtown Chicago.
"They certainly knew what they were doing," Sgt. Worthington said. "They did it in a manner, which suggests they've done it before."
Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545