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Smash-and-grab burglars steal $50K from Oak Brook store

It took a group of burglars less than two minutes to steal more than $50,000 worth of merchandise Tuesday during a smash-and-grab burglary at a west suburban Neiman Marcus store.

Police responded at 4:22 a.m. to a burglary alarm at Oakbrook Center mall and found broken glass at the Neiman Marcus store, Oak Brook police said in a statement.

The suspects used a maul — an ax-like tool — to smash the glass, police said. They then dragged two blue garbage bins into the store and filled them with purses and sunglasses worth about $50,000, police said.

They were only in the store for about 90 seconds, and had fled by the time officers arrived, police said. No one was in custody Thursday afternoon.

This isn’t the first smash-and-grab burglary at the upscale mall. A group of burglars crashed a van through the front doors of the Louis Vuitton store last September and stole $120,000 worth of items.

Anyone with information should call Oak Brook police at (630) 368-8702.