A group of three men broke into the Louis Vuitton Shinsaibashi store in Osaka early Thursday morning, making off with bags and watches totaling around 9 million yen, police said.
The men broke in through the front window of the shop at around 5:30 a.m., setting off the alarm and notifying the security company, who called police. There was no one else in the store at the time.
An eyewitness also spotted the men breaking the front window, and called police. The thieves were able to make off with 35 luxury brand items before police arrived.
According to the witness' description, the men were all wearing dark clothing and white masks. They carried pole-like objects and escaped in a light-colored vehicle.
The Shinsaibashi Louis Vuitton store faces the main Midosuji thoroughfare in an area with a number of luxury shops and department stores.© News reports