HIGHLAND PARK -- Smash & Grabs. The target is usually an ATM with pickup trucks crashing into convenience stores and Mom & Pop shops. But early Monday morning, smash and grab officially went bougie!
It was 6:30 am when the Chanel Boutique in Highland Park Village got smashed by suspects who grabbed as many designer purses as they could. The getaway minivans, apparently, weren't designed for efficiency.
Seven suspects were arrested shortly after the bougie break-in.
“You had a coordinated effort among multiple suspects and multiple vehicles, and clearly, this was a well thought out crime," said Lt. Lance Koppa, public information officer for Highland Park.
Cops found trash bags full of purses stashed in the shrubs of a nearby home. The suspects also, apparently, hid some of the bags in an outdoor fireplace at the same residence. A nearby contractor says he spotted one of the suspects coming out from under a house he was working on.
Cops believe they've retrieved all the stolen purses. But hey, what happened to these purses is a high fashion crime. The only other casualties? Mannequins that weren't able to get out of the way and were left on the strewn across the showroom floor.
No word yet on how much the purses that were poached were worth. But a genuine Chanel bag can set you back a cool $70,000.