DENVER (CBS4) – More than a dozen security cameras couldn’t deter thieves from swiping a number of items from two different Colorado locations a high end clothing store.
Police are investigating thefts over the weekend from the MAX Clothing Stores in Boulder and in Denver’s Cherry Creek North shopping district.
Scott Seale, the co-owner of the business, said the theft at the Cherry Creek North store occurred just before 1 p.m. on Saturday and the theft in Boulder took place an hour earlier.
The suspects appeared to be a man and a woman.
“They were doing a lot of shuffling of the merchandise,” he told CBS4.
The MAX Denver store’s surveillance videos captured images of the woman as she waved around a number of items that it appeared she was pretending to be interested in purchasing.
Moments later the man is seen shoving different pieces of clothing in to the back of his coat, all while another customer is just feet away.
At one point he opens a glass case, grabs a purse for sale and then heads for the door without paying.
“It’s very shocking to see these two they were sophisticated. We’ve had theft over the years but not this significant,” Seale said.
Seale says the pair targeted only high-ticket items and performed the same routine at the MAX Boulder store.
The theft will end up costing the store somewhere around $20,000.
“It’s very difficult, it’s upsetting. We realize from this experience that we need to take additional precautions,” Seale told CBS4.
Seale hopes that by sharing the surveillance images they will be able to recover some of those stolen items and help protect other business owners from falling victim.
“They were well rehearsed. They’ve done this before and I think they’ll probably do it again,” he said.
Denver police are investigating. If you recognize the pair or know anything about the theft that would be helpful to the investigation you are asked to contact police.