Update: 4 p.m. Feb. 26: Redmond police spokesman Jim Bove said he doesn't have many details yet, but the Victoria's Secret was hit again Tuesday. In what he said was a similar style theft to the ones over the weekend, about $2,000 worth of merchandise was stolen at about 12:15 p.m.
Update 10 a.m. Feb. 26: In a separate incident, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, $700 worth of merchandise was taken from Victoria's Secret at Redmond Town Center, Redmond police said. The total cost of merchandise stolen over the weekend is $3,400.
A team of six shoplifters stole 33 brassieres worth about $2,700 from the Victoria’s Secret store at Redmond Town Center Sunday before fleeing in an SUV -- the second time the store had been hit in 11 days.
“The amount lost in retail theft nationally is unbelievable, and this is a prime example,” said Jim Bove, Redmond Police Department spokesman.
The group entered the store at 16495 NE 74th Street Sunday at about 2:50 p.m. While one or two of the suspects distracted staff, the others began stuffing bras from a front rack into large bags. The group then left in a silver/gray SUV, but no license plate number was noted.
The store was also victimized by shoplifters on Feb. 13, Bove said, but the value of goods stolen then was not available.
Being a high-end lingerie store -- 33 bras worth $2,700 works out to $81.81 each -- Bove said the Victoria Secret bras are likely easily salable on the illicit market. “They can certainly go resell them, or try to return them to another store for a refund,” he said.
Redmond police were able to recover surveillance video and the case is under investigation.