Redmond police looking to snap up 'Brassiere Bandits'

First, there was a pre-Valentine's Day theft and last weekend some "Brassiere Bandits" lifted merchandise again at the Victoria's Secret store in Redmond Town Center.

In the latest thefts, male and female suspects stole 48 bras worth $3,400 from the store in the 16400 block of Northeast 74th Street downtown, according to Redmond Police Department spokesman Jim Bove.

On Saturday at about 5:34 p.m., two black females were viewed on video cameras taking 15 bras worth $700 from the front display case.

On Sunday at about 2:50 p.m., four to six males and females stole 33 bras worth $2,700 and fled the scene in a silver/grey SUV; no license plate information is available at this time. Also viewed on video cameras, Bove said one to two suspects distracted the employees at the front counter while the other suspects stuffed bras into bags before the group departed the store.

Earlier this month, Bove noted that two black females were viewed on video cameras stealing an unknown amount value of merchandise from the Victoria's Secret front display case at about 5:43 p.m. on Feb. 13. Police responded to multiple downtown shoplifting reports that day, according to the Reporter's police blotter.

The cases are currently under investigation, Bove said.

Shoplifting is a national problem with retail stores, Bove said, adding that thieves might take their high-dollar merchandise and try to sell it on Craigslist or ebay.

Bove said that stores like 7-Elevens, which are well-lit and set up so employees can view each aisle, are less likely to be targeted by thieves than shops that feature large displays to attract customers, but might block employees' views of shoplifters.

He was planning on visiting the Victoria's Secret to evaluate how the store is set up.



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