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Birmingham police looking for shoplifters who targeted upscale-stores at The Summit

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An upscale shopping center in Birmingham becomes a target for shoplifters.

Birmingham police are looking for two women who stole merchandise from several stores at The Summit. Several stores have filed police reports.

"Gutsy"

Security has stepped up at The Summit.

Birmingham police and security officers are looking out for two women who did some major shoplifting in several upscale stores last week.

Cassels Krebs says, "I can imagine that's not very good for business, to say the least."

Police have not released the names of those businesses, but some are national chains.

Lt. Sean Edwards says "They both go into the store. One actually distracts one of the cashiers and the other individuals take the merchandise and puts it in a bag."

Police believe they women are leaving the store in a bluish-gray Mitsubishi Outlander.

Corey Arceneaux says, "That's crazy. I can't believe law enforcement hasn't caught them or there's not cameras to catch them."

Investigators are trying to find out if there's surveillance video.

Police say the duo has stolen more than 100,000 in merchandise.

Summit security would not let us continue shooting video and asked us to leave. Summit managers did not return our call.

Birmingham Police are not taking this case lightly.

Lt. Edwards says, "The patrol officers assigned to that area, they are familiar.They are riding in the area, they're probably getting out and walking around."

To keep shoplifters from striking again.

Krebs says, "It's really unfortunate."

Some store employees were unaware about the shoplifters. If you have any information about this case, call Birmingham Police.

You can call Major Fraud at 254-1754 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.