Thieves ripping-off South County Mall stores for thousands in merchandise

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - It is a crime that shocked us all, A shoplifter knocks down an elderly nun while trying to run from a South County store with stolen merchandise.  The incident has prompted police to be on the lookout for the gang of thieves.

The thieves stolen thousands of dollars in merchandise from at least 3 South County stores, and their shoplifting turned to assault last week when one them slammed into an 87-year-old nun as he made his getaway.

Store surveillance video from October 21st at Dick's Sporting Goods store at the South County Mall shows a shoplifter make a mad dash out of the store, running into the nun knocking her to her feet.

In the video you can see she nearly hits her head as she is tossed to the ground.

He made off with an arm full of north face jackets valued at nearly $3,000.

Police believe on October 15th  this man and two woman also got away with more than $2,000  worth of merchandise from Nike Dryfit clothing in South County.

Police say the man and one of the women also made off with items from Hibbitt Sporting Good stores in mid October.  The same suspects are also accused of committing another grab and run at the Pink Store at South County Mall on October 23rd.

In that crime they got away with over $3,000 in stolen goods.

Police say the nun is doing ok and wasn't seriously injured.

Investigators are asking for the public's help to identify one or all of the suspects.

If you have information on the crime, please call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

Police say if you see these suspect's in a store do not approach them and call 911 immediately.