The Lord & Taylor store on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd was burglarized early Saturday morning as multiple security alarms were dismissed as probable false alarms, Lower Merion police told news media on Monday.
According to LMPD, someone forced open the center door of the upper-level entrance before 5:45 a.m. Saturday. Several people were apparently involved in breaking into display cases and collecting merchandise to take from the store.
The store's ADT alarm system had been set at 10:30 p.m. Friday by a departing employee, police said. ADT alerted store security staff that alarms had been triggered in one area at 5:49 a.m., then in several other areas at 5:58 a.m.
Both times, police said, security staff told ADT to disregard the alarm activations, as they believed they were false alarms that have been happening during the store's renovation.
Surveillance footage later showed a red four-door sedan pulling up to the store's St. Asaph's Road side door just before 6 a.m., then showed a short-haired heavyset black man in a black jacket and khaki pants making five trips from the store to the vehicle with apparently stolen merchandise.
The burglary was reported to police by store staff about 7:40 a.m.
The cost of the burglary has not yet been determined. Police continue to investigate.