We all know that the weekend following Thanksgiving can get pretty crazy, but in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, thieves targeted a local outlet mall, stealing around $500,000 worth of merchandise from a Michael Kors outlet store. According to The Berkshire Eagle, the thieves took an estimated half a million dollars worth of leather goods, including a large amount of leather handbags, purses and wallets.
As reported by MassLive, police in Lee, Massachusetts discovered that three masked men broke into the Michael Kors store at Premium Outlets between 4:30 am and 6 am Saturday, November 23. The thieves disabled the store alarm and entered by breaking off the store’s lock.
It was the manager of the Michael Kors store who discovered the break-in and theft around 8:30 am when he arrived. He then called the local police and reported what had happened. Both the store manager and police have reviewed the security footage and were relieved to see that the robbery was all caught on tape.
The three masked men can be seen on the security footage breaking into the Michael Kors store. Working quickly, the thieves used to garbage bags to carry off an assortment of leather handbags, purses, and wallets. The trio also took watches from the display cases and deposited them in their backpacks before finally leaving through the rear door of the store.
Police believe that this isn’t an isolated incident. According to MassLive, officials think there may a connection with similar break-ins at other outlet stores around the Northeast region. So far during this investigation, police have found that three masked men have broken into other outlet stores in Maine, Connecticut, New York, and Maryland.
Local police are working alongside state police and other law enforcement agencies to catch the thieves. According to The Berkshire Eagle, anyone with information should contact Lee Police Officers Adrian Kohlenberger or Stephanie Burdick at (413) 243-5530.