CLEVELAND (WJW) -- Eight people are behind bars, charged with stealing almost $2 million in merchandise from high-end stores in several states, including Ohio. Beachwood police believe they may be the same people responsible for a daring smash and grab at Beachwood Place last year.
September 2015, dramatic surveillance footage captured video of a stolen jeep smashing through the front doors of the Saks Fifth Avenue Store at Beachwood Place in the middle of the night.
The video shows eight, out of a total of twelve people who were involved, run into the store. Within a minute, they got away with about $300,000 worth of designer purses.
Days later, two people were arrested in Chicago. But police say this multi-state theft ring was not done. Investigators believe the group is responsible for similar heists in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri in addition to Ohio.
Illinois State Police have arrested eight residents of Chicago.