Beverly Hills police are looking for at least a dozen burglars who arrived on Rodeo Drive in four vehicles, smashed their way into a boutique and drove off with merchandise, prompting a police pursuit before dawn Tuesday.
Surveillance video from the street shows the four cars pulling up to the 400 block of North Rodeo Drive around 3:50 a.m.
About a dozen people then exit the cars, parked in a line, and run toward two storefronts in the tony shopping district, said Lt. Elisabeth Albanese with the Beverly Hills Police Department.
“Clearly, there was some planning that the suspects underwent,” Albanese told KTLA. “It was extremely bold.”
The surveillance video shows the burglars first smashing the window of Saint Laurent at 469 North Rodeo Drive, but they are unable to breach the store.
The group then targets Zadig & Voltaire at 465 North Rodeo Drive, successfully shattering a window and removing several items. The burglars then load the merchandise into their vehicles and drive southbound Rodeo, authorities said.
Responding officers were able to find one of the vehicles about 2 1/2 miles away. They began chasing the black Hyundai four-door in the area of Santa Monica and Westwood boulevards.
But once the chase reached Cloverdale Avenue and Rodeo Road in Baldwin Hills, the Hyundai came to a halt and four to six men ran from the vehicle, officials said.
The suspects were able to escape, but the Hyundai is now in police custody. Merchandise stolen from the store that the suspects had discarded during the pursuit was recovered as well, officers said.
In addition to the 12 men captured on video, police are now searching for the remaining three suspect vehicles. They are described as a gray or silver two-door BMW, a gray or silver BMW X5 SUV and a black four-door Honda Civic.
The burglary and attempted burglary come a week after another one on May 21 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
In that crime, officers also found a broken window, but it was unknown what was taken from the store.
Anyone who has information about Tuesday’s crime is asked to call the Beverly Hills Police Department at 310-285-2158.