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San Francisco police searching for ring of thieves who stole thousands in merchandise from Neiman Marcus

Police in the Bay Area are working to determine whether Monday's incident is tied to other recent grab-and-go crimes.
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San Francisco police are looking for a group of shoplifters recorded on cellphone video Monday afternoon sprinting out of a Neiman Marcus store with thousands of dollars of items in tow.

The thieves dashed out of the high-end department store in Union Square shortly before 6 p.m. lugging "several tens of thousands of dollars" in stolen merchandise, police said. They then hopped into getaway vehicles, said Michael Andraychak, a police spokesman.

"Officers arrived on scene and met with the victim who stated that multiple suspects entered the store, grabbed merchandise and fled the scene in multiple vehicles," Andraychak said in an emailed statement. "During the incident the suspects damaged glass cases and other store property. ... Our investigation involves analyzing videos and speaking with witnesses which include store employees and customers."

No one had been arrested as of late Wednesday afternoon, police said.

A cellphone video shows multiple people sprinting out of the department store carrying items. Most wore hoodies and face coverings. Some appeared to be wearing gloves.

A spokesperson for Neiman Marcus said in a statement: "The safety and welfare of our associates and customers is our top priority and we're relieved to report that no one was harmed in the incident. We're cooperating with the San Francisco Police Department in their investigation."

NBC Bay Area reported that San Francisco police are working with other departments, including Palo Alto police, to determine whether there are any connections with other recent thefts in the area.

Over the past few months in Palo Alto, more than $100,000 in handbags have been stolen from a Neiman Marcus and a Louis Vuitton in similar grab-and-go crimes in which the thieves also escaped in getaway vehicles, NBC Bay Area reported.