There is no doubt that Beverly Hills business owners have been victims of burglaries before.
But what happened early Saturday morning, no one has seen or tried before.
Not all Beverly Hills clothing stores offer a drive-thru option, such as the Neiman Marcus store located on Wilshire Boulevard and McCrery Drive.
However, authorities told CBSLA reporter Jake Reiner that fact had no impact on the robbers who rammed a car through the glass doors and metal door of the Nieman Marcus store at 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning.
“It’s sad and makes you wonder what the answers are?” Beverly Hills resident Paul Giovi said.
The suspects fled with a few Chanel bags, employees told Reiner. It’s unclear what else the suspects got away with, but the vehicle they used to break into the store was left behind.
The store finally opened on Saturday after crews repaired the damage and closed part of the store.
Giovi said while he has sympathy for companies like Nieman Marcus, he understands why there’s been an increase in emboldened thieves breaking into and grabbing several Beverly Hills stores in recent months.
“I’m surprised it’s taken this long for this to start happening given the state of the planet, the socio-economic disparities,” Giovi said.
Others think differently, like Gali Rubin.
“We need law, we need order, people need to be punished,” Rubin said.
Police have not arrested any of the suspects involved in this smash and grab.