Garland police are warning shoppers and stores about a group of snatch-and-grab thieves who stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from a department store in just 13 seconds.
Surveillance video shows the three brazen thieves stealing approximately $19,000 worth of watches from the Macy's at Firewheel Town Center on Nov. 5.
Judging by how quickly they got in and out with three turn-style carousels of watches, investigators said they believe the thieves had been casing the store. The watch carousels were chained to a display counter, but the thieves were strong enough to rip them off and take off running, police said.
"This was obvious. These people knew what they were doing," Garland police spokesman Officer Joe Harn said. "They had been in and knew what they were going to do. They were in and out very quickly so, no, this is not the first time they have done this."
Witnesses said the trio got into a green sedan that was followed closely by a white pickup truck.