Purse thieves may be part of crime ring, police say

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 20:03:26-04

OXFORD, Ohio - Two women who stole thousands of dollars in expensive purses from a Butler County store might be part of a crime ring, police say.

The women calmly walked away with more than $3,000 in Michael Kors purses from the T.J. Maxx in Oxford, and that could be the tip of the iceberg. Thieves have taken roughly $25,000 in loot from a number of stores in the last year or so.

The women grabbed laundry baskets inside the store, put them in shopping carts and then just walked out, police said.

Sgt. Jon Varley of the Oxford police department couldn't say much because of the ongoing investigation, but he did explain what they did after they filled up their baskets

"They didn't have to run or anything out the door. They had another vehicle pull up," Varley said.  "They got inside that vehicle and drove away passing all points of sale without paying or even attempting to pay for any of the items."

The loss prevention officer at the store used to work worked at the T.J.Maxx in West Chester and said the same thing happened there last summer. West Chester police are not only investigating that but also theft cases from the Kohl's  store.

Oxford and West Chester didn't say today about the crimes. If you have information that could help police,  call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.