WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said that around 15 people robbed the downtown Chanel Store on Sunday.
Police said that about 15 suspects wearing masks and hoods came into the Chanel store in the 900 block of I Street NW at about 2:40 p.m.
Police said one of the suspects sprayed a fire extinguisher in the store, causing a disturbance and loud noise. The suspects then took a number of items without paying for them and left the store on foot and car.
Police said it was unclear how much merchandise was stolen.
“I am so frustrated with that. Honestly, we do need more supervision for these children, running around these streets acting like little hoodlums,” said Keva Bates, who shops at City Center.
“Nobody wants to keep getting robbed. And they may have insurance, however, it still affects the economy, which trickles down to the rest of us,” she said.
“I think there’s clearly a market for secondhand luxury good,” said Laurel Peltier, who was in town from Baltimore.
Chanel bags on eBay are listed for thousands of dollars.
“And, I think also they’ve been trained that it works. You get some really brazen people, they’re going to go into a Chanel in D.C. and do it, no one can catch them and then there’s buyers for it,” she said.
In addition to the released photos above, police also released pictures of suspect vehicles — including a white Infiniti and a black Acura.