NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – There was at least one break-in and an attempted break-in at Eastwood Mall stores Saturday night.
According to Niles police, the Macy’s at Eastwood Mall was broken into overnight.
“At around 11:42 p.m., there was an alarm at the Macy’s at the Eastwood Mall, police arrived, didn’t find anybody there. But there wasn’t anyone there, but at 12:20 a.m., the alarm went off again,” said Joe Bell, the director of corporate communications at Cafaro Company.
That time, the suspects got into the building by breaking an exterior door. By the time Niles police arrived, the doors at Macy’s were broken and any suspects were gone.
“The thieves had hit a number of registers, I don’t know how many, I believe it was — the number I was told was 20, somewhere in that vicinity and got away with money,” Bell said.
The suspects reportedly also tried to get into the JCPenney at the mall but could not break the door, according to Bell.
“It appears that one of the suspects was wearing a red hoodie and the other was wearing what appeared to be a chicken suit,” Bell said, referencing surveillance camera footage.
Mall officials are coordinating with Niles police on the break-ins.
This comes after a break-in at JCPenney at Southern Park Mall in Boardman at around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Boardman Police confirmed the two thefts could be connected.
“It leads us to believe that this is a coordinated effort on a part of some kind of retail theft gang,” Bell said.
This story is still developing. Check back here for updates.