Thieves hit clothing store for big haul

A “grab and run” theft at a Ruston store mirrors some of the well-publicized incidents plaguing large cities across America.

On Sunday, Ruston Police responded to the Rue 21 store at 1423 Eagle Drive regarding a theft of merchandise valued over $5,000.

Witnesses stated two men snatched up a large amount of clothing and ran from the store. They were last seen southbound on Eagle Drive toward I-20 in a vehicle described as possibly an older, light blue Lincoln with a temporary license plate. Store personnel were unable to obtain the plate’s number.

Numerous accounts of similar thefts have hit the news in recent months, mostly in large cities with high-end retail establishments. In some cases, numerous thieves flood the store and within a matter of minutes flee with thousands of dollars in merchandise. 

In November, a group of 14 thieves rushed into a Louis Vuitton store in Oakbrook, Illinois, while customers were inside and boldly drove away with $100,000 worth of merchandise. The entire incident was caught on the store’s surveillance video.

A similar incident at a Nordstrom store in California involved 80 people grabbing merchandise and rushing out in under a minute, injuring employees in the process.

Some of the upsurge in retail crime has been what is termed “smash and grab” burglaries where closed stores are forcibly entered, and expensive items quickly collected up and taken.

Rue 21 was open at the time of Sunday’s incident.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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