PD: Pair steals $40K in items from Louis Vuitton

Posted at 2:37 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 22:13:05-04

A man and woman from California came to Scottsdale's Louis Vuitton store and made off with $40,000 in merchandise during two robberies, according to court documents.

Scottsdale police said on April 13 they were called to the store at Scottsdale Fashion Square at 70th Street and Camelback Road after reports of a shoplifting.

Police detained 22-year-old Damon Leknarl Stuart Jr. in the mall and found 40-year-old Andrea Rose hiding in a bathroom. 

Store employees told police that Rose was checking the locked display drawers and when she found one that was unlocked, she alerted Stuart who would come over and grab the wallets out of the drawer, putting them in a "Disney" bag.

Store surveillance video shows that Stuart then left the store without paying for them, but later returned as Rose put some merchandise on a couch in the store.

The video shows that Stuart came over and put those items in the same bag. This time, Rose left the store while Stuart went to the front of the shop, when asked by an employee to fill out a registration form. Stuart got nervous and ran out of the store, leaving the bag behind.

Police say the bag was lined with thick tin foil to nullify the theft detection devices.

Store employees also told police that this same couple robbed them in January. Employees reportedly recognized the pair because of the "Disney" bag.

Police say in both thefts, Rose and Stuart stole wallets. In the first robbery they got away with $25,000 worth of items, and the latest time they got another $14,535. The merchandise from both robberies is still missing.

Police report that both suspects have extensive criminal histories in California.

Stuart is a fugitive, wanted for burglary and theft. Scottsdale police report that Rose has a 20-year criminal history in California, including murder, grand theft, assault and burglary.

Rose listed that she has been a direct care worker for the city of San Francisco for the past five years.

They are being charged organized retail theft, burglary, and felony shoplifting.