Officer Janelle Smith, a police spokesperson, said two black males, 18-21-years-old, were seen shoplifting at the Bloomingdales in Wisconsin Place (5300 Western Ave.) a little after 12:45 p.m. on Thursday. They left the store on foot, Smith said.
According to scanner traffic, the suspects had a car waiting but left the vehicle behind when police were called. A store employee called police to report two men stuffing merchandise into bags.
Shoplifting is not a rare occurrence in the high-end mix of shops and department stores in Friendship Heights. The FBI recently arrested two men it says were involved in a smash-and-grab and police chase on April 30 at the Cartier Store on Wisconsin Avenue. A group of men allegedly stole 13 watches worth $131,000.
About 40 minutes after that incident, a man walked into the Gap across Wisconsin Avenue and robbed the store. Police characterized that incident as shoplifting.