Suspects target local NC Ulta shops for expensive perfume

ROCK HILL, S.C. -Nov 12 2014 – Rock Hill police released surveillance video Friday showing a shoplifter leaving a store with $2,700 worth of perfume bottles.

It’s the latest in a string of incidents targeting the Ulta Beauty chain. Authorities are working to see if the cases are connected.

The video shows the man heading straight to the Chanel counter and putting 30 bottles of Chanel perfume in his shopping bag.

Since September, perfume bandits have struck five area Ulta stores in Charlotte, Salisbury and Rock Hill.

Thieves are primarily after the Chanel products which retail at $100 dollars a bottle, on average.

In late September, CMPD released surveillance pictures of two suspects they say hit four Charlotte-area shops in three days.

This week, Salisbury Police released pictures of one suspects holding a bag of stolen bottled in his shopping bag.

Authorities say the suspects are becoming bolder in their perfume pursuit.

Police say the suspect threatened to spray the store employees with mace when confronted at a store in Charlotte in September.

This week, police say, the suspect claimed he had a gun before making his escape.

The suspect in the Salisbury case hit the same store on Tuesday and Thursday, and police say he was seen walking into the store with four females. Police say they distracted the clerk, as the suspect cleared the shelves of perfume.

If you can identify the individuals in the photos, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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