NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a bold crime, and it was all caught on camera.
Surveillance video at Victoria’s Secret in the Eastwood Mall captured three women inside the store, stuffing sweatshirts and other Pink brand gear into shopping bags.
“You can see they’re just loading up the bags. Takes a little while for someone to notify the manager,” Niles Police Patrolman Kevin Helmick said of the security footage.
When that manager finds out, she confronts the suspects, but they keep taking more items. The video shows the manager grab what she can, and the three women take off running with what police say is about $850 worth of stolen goods.
Eastwood Mall spokesman Joe Bell said the incident happened three weeks ago, but it is not the first time.
“It’s a fact of life in the retail industry shoplifters are everywhere, and retailers know it and they do their best to prevent those kinds of losses,” he said.
This year alone, there has been seven reported thefts at the Niles location, with more than $4,500 worth of merchandise taken.
“It’s vulnerable because it has some high-quality and high-priced merchandise,” Bell said. “This is typical of Victoria’s Secrets throughout the country.”
This is the time of year where loss prevention specialists will be stepping up their game, because criminals are targeting expensive merchandise. And even though more people will be watching out for thefts like this, police still ask that if you see something, say something.
“They thrive on the fact that no one wants to get involved,” Helmick said. “You know, I wouldn’t ever say go out and stop them or anything, but tell an employee you know. Tell somebody.”
Police are still working to identify the women involved in the thefts at the store. Anyone with information is asked to send a message through the Niles Police’s Facebook page or call Helmick at 330-652-9944.