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Police say thief stole Chanel merchandise from Ulta

Police believe a thief struck a local beauty supply store twice in the same week making off with nearly $1,800 in high-end perfume and beauty products.

A manager from ULTA Beauty, 1445 Klumac Road, contacted police after the store was robbed around 8 p.m. Thursday.

An employee had been following a suspicious black male who was bent over a Chanel booth. The man had been placing lots of perfume into a store bag. The manager told the man he wasn’t going to take the items from the store, said Salisbury Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

The man said he had a gun and told the women to back off, a report said.

The manager and the employee stepped back and watched the man walk calmly out of the store while the store alarm sounded.

He ran toward Michaels and apparently into a waiting car somewhere near Los Arcos Mexican restaurant at the other end of the shopping center.

A police K-9 was called in the track the robber, but his scent was lost in a wooded area behind the restaurant. Store personnel said the thief took $1,000 worth of Chanel perfume, Chanel body sprays, lotions, bath gels and soaps.

Authorities believe the same man, along with four black women, was inside the store Tuesday and took $792 worth of Chanel products.

The women distracted the store employees and the man was able to take the items from the store. He walked toward the door, flipped off an employee and left the store. He got into what was described as an older box-type Jeep and the women got into a burgundy sports car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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