A felony-level robbery from the Louis Vuitton store at the Galleria in Edina, Minn. prompted a police chase that ended in Woodbury, Minn. late Wednesday morning. Edina police receive report of the robbery at 10:09 a.m. There was no force used in the robbery, but it was still classified as a felony due to the amount of merchandise swiped from the store.
An inventory provided by the Louis Vuitton store shows that the defendants took a total of sixteen Louis Vuitton purses worth a total of $26,290 from the store without paying for the merchandise.
Eight suspects jumped into a black Chrysler minivan and sped away along France Avenue to Interstate 494, then onto Interstate 94 where the chase ended in Woodbury at 10:35 a.m. A Bloomington police officer initiated a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect vehicle, and all 8 suspects were taken into custody and transferred to the Hennepin County Jail.
There were no injuries reported during the robbery or chase.
Eight men from Illinois were arrested. Charges are expected to be filed Thursday.
Derrick Crowder, 22
William Percy Curry, 23
Clyde Edward Dobbs, 22
Thomas Dyshy Gaston Jr., 22
Darion Savon Hood, 21
Shawn Devon Mondie, 21
Danny Ray Robinson, 38
Leon White, 29
Ex-mall cop played big role in capture
A former mall security guard was sitting in his car in the parking lot when he suspected the van parked in the fire lane might be a get-away vehicle. When he saw the seven men carrying Louis Vuitton merchandise without bags and dragging security tags and ropes as they jumped into the van, he called 9-1-1, then followed the vehicle without not losing sight of it until Edina police were able to intercept the vehicle heading south on Penn Avenue at West 76th Street in Richfield.
Possible link to other thefts
Police and the FBI have compared video surveillance from this Galleria theft to video surveillance from similar smash and grab thefts at other high-end malls in other states. There is a match between at least some of these two in-custody defendants and those who committed these other out-of-state thefts, which are currently under investigation by the FBI.
Curry: “Obviously, you guys got me.”
Mondie: “You got everything you need to put me away,” “You got me on camera.”
Dobbs: He said he needed money to get home and this was the result of a “family trip gone wrong.”
Video of the police chase scene posted to this story was submitted by Maity Thao.