🔴 A group took 25 purses displayed on a wall at the Dior store

🔴 Purses sold at Dior stores are priced at nearly $5,000 each

🔴 A bill in the state assembly would make gang shoplifting a separate crime

MILLBURN — Four men ran from the Dior store at the Mall at Short Hills after stealing $120,000 worth of purses Monday morning.

Millburn police said in a statement that the group took 25 purses on wall displays inside the store on the mall's second floor around 10:45 a.m.

Video captured from a store across the mall shows the group dressed in black wearing face masks clutching the purses as they exited the mall.

WARNING: Video contains profanity

The four made their escape in a waiting black SUV, Bonney told NJ.com.

Several employees ran to the store's backroom and called police.

Millburn police on Wednesday morning did not respond to New Jersey 101.5's request for more information.

Purses sold at Dion stores are priced at nearly $5,000 with some costing almost $7,000, according to the store's website. Many are handmade using top-of-the-line materials.

Suspect runs out the door of the Mall at Short Hills after a shoplifting 5/15/23
Suspect runs out the door of the Mall at Short Hills after a shoplifting 5/15/23 ( (w00yeng via Instagram)

Bill would make gang shoplifting a crime

Sen. Jon Bramnick, R-Union, said Wednesday the theft is an example of why he is sponsoring a bill that would make gang shoplifting a crime.

The bill would create the third-degree crime of gang shoplifting. It would be punishable by at least a year in jail during which the person would not be eligible for parole.

"We’re seeing more and more instances where flash mobs of shoplifters run through high-end stores where they smash and grab anything that isn’t bolted down,” Bramnick said in a statement. “If people want to do these crimes, they need to get the message that their next flash mob will be in jail."

The bill was introduced in September and was referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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