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Man gets 2 years in prison for Saks Fifth Avenue theft

A Chicago man has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $200,000 for his role in the smash-and-grab theft of handbags at a St. Louis-area Saks Fifth Avenue store. (File)

A Chicago man has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $200,000 for his role in the smash-and-grab theft of handbags at a St. Louis-area Saks Fifth Avenue store.

A federal judge in St. Louis on Wednesday sentenced 22-year-old Dejuan Wingard. He is the seventh of 13 people who have pleaded guilty in connection with the crime.

Investigators said a large group of people walked into the Frontenac, Missouri, store's Chanel boutique in November, all with hooded sweatshirts over their faces. The suspects grabbed 30 handbags and smashed fixtures before fleeing in two vehicles. The handbags were valued at around $60,000.

Wingard also told authorities he participated in a similar crime at the same store in August 2016.

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