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Merchandise worth thousands stolen from Saint Laurent Paris

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FOX 32's Joanie Lum. FOX 32's Joanie Lum.
FOX 32's Joanie Lum. FOX 32's Joanie Lum.
FOX 32's Joanie Lum. FOX 32's Joanie Lum.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Burglars smashed the window of a Gold Coast luxury store overnight, making off with designer handbags and accessories worth thousands of dollars.

Police responded to the alarm at the Saint Laurent Paris store at 11 E. Walton St. just before 3 a.m. Friday.

A broken window and missing merchandise are a disturbing sight for Gold Coast residents. This high-end heist was all caught on camera and looked like a professional operation.

The security video taken from inside the store has not been made public. But a source told FOX 32 News it shows someone used a baseball bat to break the window on Rush Street.

The source said the video also shows multiple offenders entered the store, all clad in black, moving quickly across the white marble floors, taking expensive handbags, jewelry and shoes. The source also said a one-of-a-kind bag, valued at $29,000, was also taken.

The video is police evidence now. But a theft like this is something Gold Coast residents say is becoming a common crime in the last year or two.

"It's a sign of the times, here in the Gold Coast," one resident told FOX 32. "They had to put up burglar bars on Barney's."

"To wake up and see this is upsetting," another said. "It's the second time."

"You all have merchandise in the window," said Chris Fichter, owner at The Perfect Setting. "Are you going to look at changing your procedures? You know, we constantly look at that but I think with the kind of store we are we're not a grab and go. It's hard to run down the street with a Simon Pearce vase."

Jennifer Harris is the store manager at Luxaby Baby & Child, which is around the corner from YSL.

"It's very unsettling and it makes you hope that other stores a security are definitely going to step up, step up their game and it makes us as merchants think about what are some ways and things that we need to be doing," Harris said of the robbery. "We'reprivately owned so for us it would be awful because anything that we lostthat's our cost."

The front of the store – where the glass shattered - was boared up by Friday afternoon and police cruisers were on patrol.

The staff at the store declined to comment. No one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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