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Jan 30, 2014 9:08 PM by Lupita Murillo

Caught on camera: stealing purses from local retailers

TUCSON - Tucson police say they've experienced a rash of designer handbag thefts.

In one week's time, Detective Olga Ramirez says, snatch and grab purse thieves have walked out of Nordstrom's Rack and Macy's with $3,000 worth of Michael Kors designer handbags.

News 4 Tucson Crime Trackers obtained surveillance video from Tucson Police. The first theft took place on January 13th at Nordstrom's Rack, then two days later thieves struck again.

Detective Ramirez says they were in the store three times in one day.

The third try wasn't so lucky for the thief, "He was watched on video by the loss prevention team, so they waited outside for him. When the suspect saw them he dropped the purses and fled. He got into a truck and left. Detective Ramirez says that same truck was seen leaving the parking lot after the previous thefts. "We believe it could be possibly the same ring of people coming into to take specific items, high dollar handbags maybe reselling them ."

On January 20, a man and a woman walked into Macy's at the Tucson mall, and left with 15 bags.

The suspects according to TPD are all Hispanics, a Dodge Ram pickup truck was used in the majority of thefts, an SUV was also spotted.

Michael Kors purses can sell for several hundred dollars each. They're in demand, similar purse snatchings are taking place across the country.

Detective Ramirez says ultimately it's the customers who end up paying for these expensive purses, and they don't have the luxury of using them. If you have information call 88-CRIME or 911.

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