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Pricey goods purloined by shoplifters in past week

Thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen at Stanford Shopping Center, downtown

Palo Alto police are looking for shoplifters who hit multiple high-end stores within the past week, a spokeswoman said.

Over the weekend, Lululemon Athletica at 432 University Ave. was targeted in two separate shoplifting incidents, but it was unclear whether they were related, police Lt. April Wagner said. On Saturday around 2 p.m., two people grabbed a stack of athletic shorts worth more than $1,000 and left the store. The pair was described as black women in their 20s. The next day around 1:30 p.m., two people of the same description stole eight pairs of leggings collectively valued at $944.

In another case, a trio took four bags valued at $2,900 from the Bloomingdale's at Stanford Shopping Center on Sunday around 1:45 p.m. and fled in a car. The shoplifters were described as a black woman in her 20s, a black man in his 20s and a man of unknown race in his 20s.

Police confirmed that another shoplifting occurred at Victoria's Secret at Stanford Shopping Center on Wednesday but didn't immediately have details on what happened. Whoever carried out the theft made off with $1,000 in T-shirts and yoga pants around 11 a.m. and fled in a car, according to the police dispatch radio.

The priciest heist attempt happened Tuesday at about 3 p.m., when a man tried to steal four purses -- worth over $6,200 in total -- from the Burberry store at Stanford Shopping Center, Wagner said. An employee intervened, causing him to drop the purses and run out of the store. He was described as a black man in his 20s.

Wagner advised store employees to not confront the thieves out of concern for the staff's safety. Police will review store surveillance systems to gather more information in the coming weeks.

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19 people like this
Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm

I can't decide what is more horrifying...the lack of integrity that motivates people to behave in such fashion, or the industry that perpetrates such offense with the obscene prices they set.

Clothing designed to fail in short order and priced insanely.

So sick.


7 people like this
Posted by Get them
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Note to these criminals, when the police come to arrest you, and they will, do what they tell you to do. It's for your own good.


10 people like this
Posted by JLN
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

JLN is a registered user.

The header for this article using the term 'purloined' seems a bit over the top. How about the good old adjective 'stolen'?


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Posted by JLN
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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OOPS - The header for this article using the term 'purloined' seems a bit over the top. How about the good old VERB 'stolen'?


6 people like this
Posted by Huh?
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm

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Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Gale Johnson is a registered user.

@Elizabeth...It's still a crime. But, yes, you would never read about people stealing racks of clothing from Kohls because a whole rack of their top end clothing wouldn't match two or three purses from the Burberry store. [Portion removed.] Capone explained why he robbed banks..."That's were the money is!" Same reasoning applies to why those stores are the most frequently hit. I'm pretty sure the culprits will eventually be identified, caught, and arrested. They probably think they're in the clear now and will do it again and again until they are caught. I'm always curious about the conversion into cash process. What would the items sell for on Craig's List, e.g.? Half price? Less? Not that I'm interested in any of those outlandishly priced items. I buy my T shirts at Kohls or Costco (Kirkland). Great shirts and great prices. Penney's were the best but that's just a fond fading memory.


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Posted by rick
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm

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That was Willie Sutton, not Capone.

People steal things primarily as an insult to those of us who work for a living.
They always laugh.


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