VAIL, Colo. (CBS4) – A $35,000 chinchilla fur coat was stolen from a store in Vail over the weekend and the thieves were caught on camera.
The store’s owner asked CBS4 to not reveal the name of the shop, but shared clips of security video that show the thieves in action Saturday around 6:30 p.m.
A man and a woman are seen shuffling through the racks of fur coats before the man eventually pulls a coat off its hangar and shoves it under his coat. Both walked out of the store minutes later undetected.
The store’s owner believes the duo who took the coat are the same thieves who stole thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from clothing stores in Boulder and Denver earlier that day.
Surveillance video from MAX Clothing Store in Cherry Creek North shows a similarly dressed man and woman taking clothing and accessories Saturday afternoon just before 1 p.m. The same pair was caught on camera at the MAX Clothing Store in Boulder an hour earlier.
“I checked the cameras and found they took between 12 and 15 items,” Scott Seale, co-owner of MAX Clothing Stores, told CBS4’s Karen Morfitt. “She would block the view while he would stuff the garments under his coat.”
It’s a scene nearly identical to what happened inside the Vail store, but authorities have not yet said if the cases are connected.
Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.
Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team in 2012 as the morning reporter, covering national stories like the Aurora Theater Shooting and devastating Colorado wildfires. She now reports for CBS4 News at 10 and is always open to story ideas. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @KellyCBS4.