BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department is asking for the public’s help to catch a “prolific thief” who has been targeting luxury retail boutiques in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and parts of Los Angeles over recent months.

In a press release to Canyon News, the BHPD indicated the suspect allegedly swiped several thousands of dollars of big-ticket handbags and luxury wallets. Video surveillance of one of the robberies, which took place inBeverly Hills has been made public by law enforcement; it can bee seen by clicking on the following link:

The thief’s criminal scheme involves him walking into a store with a shopping bag, usually during lunch time. He fills it up with the luxury stolen items and escapes casually and undetected.

An image of the suspected shoplifter released by the Beverly Hills Police Department notes that the suspect is a tall, slender African-American male, in his late 20s — early 30s, who has hazel or green eyes, long dreadlocks pulled into a pony tail and a thin beard.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is urged to call the Detective Bureau at (310) 285-2150. A message can be left outside of business hours at (310) 288-2656.

Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can do so by calling “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website