Palo Alto police are looking for shoplifters who hit multiple high-end stores within the past week, a spokeswoman said.
Over the weekend, Lululemon Athletica at 432 University Ave. was targeted in two separate shoplifting incidents, but it was unclear whether they were related, police Lt. April Wagner said. On Saturday around 2 p.m., two people grabbed a stack of athletic shorts worth more than $1,000 and left the store. The pair was described as black women in their 20s. The next day around 1:30 p.m., two people of the same description stole eight pairs of leggings collectively valued at $944.
In another case, a trio took four bags valued at $2,900 from the Bloomingdale's at Stanford Shopping Center on Sunday around 1:45 p.m. and fled in a car. The shoplifters were described as a black woman in her 20s, a black man in his 20s and a man of unknown race in his 20s.
Police confirmed that another shoplifting occurred at Victoria's Secret at Stanford Shopping Center on Wednesday but didn't immediately have details on what happened. Whoever carried out the theft made off with $1,000 in T-shirts and yoga pants around 11 a.m. and fled in a car, according to the police dispatch radio.
The priciest heist attempt happened Tuesday at about 3 p.m., when a man tried to steal four purses -- worth over $6,200 in total -- from the Burberry store at Stanford Shopping Center, Wagner said. An employee intervened, causing him to drop the purses and run out of the store. He was described as a black man in his 20s.
Wagner advised store employees to not confront the thieves out of concern for the staff's safety. Police will review store surveillance systems to gather more information in the coming weeks.