Police believe ‘high-end’ men’s clothing theft ring may have struck malls in Hempfield, Robinson
State police are seeking help identifying at least two members of a suspected high-end men’s clothing theft ring who walked out of Macy’s at Westmoreland Mall last month with more than $5,000 worth of stolen apparel.
The suspects, both black males, entered the Hempfield business around 2:30 p.m. Sept 20, said Trooper Stephen Limani.
“They apparently scouted the store beforehand because one hid behind a structure inside the store so he could not be picked up by the store’s security camera,” Limani said.
One suspect had a trimmed beard, baseball cap and white shirt. He removed clothing from the rack, hid it under his jacket and walked over to his accomplice, who placed the items inside large Macy’s shopping bags, Limani said.
“They appear to know what they are doing, and they may have struck the Macy’s in Robinson Township that same morning,” Limani said. “They made several trips back and forth, in and out of the store, carrying these large Macy’s bags containing high-end clothes, including Polo brand.”
Only a few clothing items were left on the rack “by the time they were done,” he said.
Troopers and store security believe the men may have been targeting a new line of Polo apparel that had just been placed on the sales floor that week.
Robinson police could not be reached for comment.
Limani said Macy’s security told troopers that similar style of thefts of high-end men’s clothing have been reported in Texas recently.
“I understand you can’t suspect anyone carrying a Macy’s bag out of the store, but these were several very large bags and were really obvious. They made at least six trips,” he said.
Limani said shoppers should immediately alert store security to suspicious activity.
He said police believe the men fled in a large, white sport utility vehicle like a Chevrolet Tahoe, Limani said.
“We’re hoping that someone else shopping in the store at the same time may have noticed something we could go on. We’re hoping to catch a break,” he said.
Anyone with information should call state police at 724-832-3288.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, email@example.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.