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Police trying to sniff out two perfume crooks

Posted at 4:29 PM, Mar 11, 2016

Police in Macedonia and Mayfield Heights are trying to sniff out a couple of crooks stealing expensive perfumes from Ulta Beauty stores.

Macedonia Detective Bryan Vince released March 6 surveillance video and photographs of two women who appeared to work as a team to swipe fragrances like Ralph Lauren, Prada, Polo and Dolce & Gabbana from Ulta Beauty.

Vince said one of suspects removed boxes from the shelves and met up with the second suspect in a different area of the store.

"Suspect number two then removes them from the boxes, places the boxes on the shelves and then puts the perfume bottles in her bag," Vince said.

Employees discovered the empty boxes the next day.

In that case, 12 bottles of perfume were stolen, valued at $1,032.

Hours before that shoplifting incident went down, the same two women stole more than a $1,000 worth of perfume from Ulta Beauty in Mayfield Heights, according to Vince.

Officers suspect the women are selling the fragrances on the black market to support a drug habit or trying to offload the stolen goods online.

"Selling stolen merchandise right now is so easy with all the new, different apps coming up. All you've got to do is take a picture, meet somebody somewhere in a different city, exchange product for money and you're done," Vince said.

Macedonia police sent out a crime bulletin to other law enforcement agencies asking them to be on the lookout for the crooks.

Anyone with information on the women is asked to call Macedonia police at 330-468-1234 or Summit County CrimeStoppers at 330-434-COPS.

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