SAN DIEGO (AP) — About 16 people broke into a high-end department store at a San Diego mall and stole pricey purses in what police say is one of the most brazen break-ins the city has seen in years.

Police Capt. Paul Connelly says one person smashed a glass door before dawn Friday at Neiman-Marcus in Fashion Valley mall.

The rest of the thieves poured in, going straight for dozens of purses that cost up to $2,000 apiece. They fled in five getaway cars.

Connelly says it appears the thieves knew exactly what they wanted and where to go.

The heist was captured on security video, but all of the thieves had hoods and covered faces.

He said the city hasn’t seen a theft this brazen, with this many suspects, in a long time.

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