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Bags Worth £80k Nabbed In Louis Vuitton Shop Raid
Handbags worth a total of £80,000 have been stolen from a designer store in an affluent shopping area in Edinburgh city centre
The items were taken from the Louis Vuitton shop on Multrees Walk at about 3.45am on Thursday.
Two men are understood to have gained entry to the store by smashing the front window before stealing the valuable handbags.
Police said the "brazen" suspects then ran towards North St Andrew Street and crossed Queen Street into Dublin Street, where they were seen entering a silver saloon car that travelled north.
Officers are urging anyone who may have seen the incident, the suspects or the handbags to come forward.
The first suspect is described as white, around 30, about 6ft with a slim build and a prominent nose. He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up and black beanie hat, dark trousers and black trainers. He also walked with a slight stoop.
The second suspect is described as being white, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins, with a medium build and wearing a grey hooded top and dark bottoms.
Detective Inspector Graham Grant said: "Despite the early time of this break-in, this was an incredibly brazen incident in an area that sees regular footfall throughout the day.
"We are carrying out various lines of inquiry in the area in an effort to trace the suspects and are now appealing to the public for their assistance.
"It is believed these males have travelled there on foot and so I would appeal to anyone who has seen these men, their vehicle, before during or after this incident, or who has information on the whereabouts of the handbags is asked to contact police on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
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