BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was a daring heist, and it was successful. Five women walked into Edgewater Mall with one purpose in mind: To steal thousands of dollars worth of women's underwear.
"This was obviously an orchestrated plan," said Maj. Chris DeBack with the Biloxi Police Department. "They knew what they were doing, and they went to the mall just to do that. Just to go into Victoria's Secret and take what they took."
It took the women just three minutes to get in and get out. Investigators say they brought their own bags from other department stores and started stuffing them with merchandise.
DeBack said this is one of the biggest shoplifting cases he's seen.
"Absolutely, when you're talking about clothing," DeBack said. "I mean, that's a lot of clothing to take all at once."
Edgewater Mall manager Terry Powell said shoplifting is an everyday occurrence.
"Shoplifting happens all the time," Powell said. "It's just something that retailers have to live with, and there are deterrents and things that they utilize out there to try and stop it."
Powell said video equipment that was installed about two years ago can be a big deterrent.
"You're foolish to try to do something that you shouldn't be doing at the mall," Powell said. "And to try and think you're going to get away with something out there like that. Now, we're going to make you a movie star, but you're not going to get paid. You're going to get three squares and a cot out of it."
The cameras make police work a little easier.
"The cameras that the mall has installed are great," DeBack said. "That's helped us out tremendously. So, as far as businesses, the clearer the camera, the better. It helps us out in the long run."
DeBack said the case is still under investigation, but there is no indication at this time that this case is part of a crime ring.
If you recognize these women or have any information that could help investigators, call the Biloxi Police Department at (228) 392-0641, the Biloxi Criminal Investigations Division at (228) 435-6112, or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at (877) 787-5898. You can also give a tip to Crimestoppers online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.
Along with trying to identify the suspects, investigators are also checking Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and other online sales sites where stolen merchandise is often resold.