Police: Getaway van found in Ft. Mitchell, Saks burglars remain - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Police: Getaway van found in Ft. Mitchell, Saks burglars remain at large

Four men ran off after this van crashed (FOX19 NOW) Four men ran off after this van crashed (FOX19 NOW)
Cincinnati police said this van crashed into Saks Fifth Avenue at Fifth and Race streets Wednesday morning. (FOX19 NOW/Sara Celi) Cincinnati police said this van crashed into Saks Fifth Avenue at Fifth and Race streets Wednesday morning. (FOX19 NOW/Sara Celi)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Ft. Mitchell Police Department has located the van that four alleged robbers used during a smash and grab at the Saks Fifth Avenue Wednesday morning. 

Police say the suspects remain at large.

The suspects crashed a van into Saks Fifth Avenue at Fifth and Race streets Downtown around 6 a.m.

They slammed the van twice into security gates and left it running in the building, police said.

Four male suspects made off with five to 12 pieces of merchandise, including some designer purses.

They jumped into a getaway car, a silver van on Race Street, police said. The van was located in the Kroger parking lot on Dixie Hwy. later Wednesday, Ft. Mitchell Police Department confirmed. Police said the van was stolen. 

The van that crashed into the department store had no license plates and also was stolen, said Lt. Steve Saunders, a police spokesman. 

This robbery is part of a robbery spree occurring at other Saks stores across the country, police said. They are in contact with other law enforcement agencies in several other states, including Illinois.

An eyewitness, a taxi driver who did not want to be identified, said he shot video of the suspects running out of the store onto Fifth Street and going around the corner on Race Street, where it appears a silver van picked them up.

Police said they are stepping up their presence inside and outside the store Wednesday to make sure shoppers feel safe.

A Saks spokesman declined to comment.

"The local police are handling the matter at this time and unfortunately we do not comment on ongoing investigations," the spokesman, Steven Salton, wrote in an email to FOX19 NOW.

Anyone with information about this offense is asked to call Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040.

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