Nearly $30K in fashion merchandise stolen in 2 unrelated incidents, APD says

Linda D. Garrow
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A group of four or five women is suspected of stealing around $2,500 worth of Marc Jacobs handbags from the designer’s Lenox Square store.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

A group of four or five women is suspected of stealing around $2,500 worth of Marc Jacobs handbags from the designer's Lenox Square store.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

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A group of four or five women is suspected of stealing around $2,500 worth of Marc Jacobs handbags from the designer’s Lenox Square store.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Just a few days earlier, a group of women targeted the Marc Jacobs store at Lenox Square, police said.

On Feb. 12 around 11 a.m., four or five women entered the store and began to grab handbags before fleeing. The group is accused of stealing about $2,500 worth of merchandise. Police have not released security video in that case but did share a photo of several of the suspects.

Anyone with information on either of these cases or the identities of the suspects is asked to contact the APD’s Larceny Unit at 404-546-5968 or submit a tip anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-8477, online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tipsters do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

— Please return to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for updates.

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