- A thief stole around $US21,000 worth of merchandise from a Victoria’s Secret store in Pennsylvania.
- Shoplifting is a common occurrence at Victoria’s Secret stores. But employees are instructed not to accuse, approach, discuss, or point out potential shoplifters.
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Beware: an underwear thief is on the loose in Pennsylvania.
That’s according to the Lower Allen Township Police Department, which is currently trying to find a person who stole almost 2,000 pairs of panties – around $US21,000 worth of merchandise – from a Victoria’s Secret in a local mall.
The burglary came despite a massive sale going on at the store, as noted by PennLive. The person took all the underwear on the front display of the store, as well as in the drawers below the display.
“We take matters of theft seriously and work closely and in cooperation with the appropriate authorities on these types of investigations,” a spokesperson from Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, L Brands, told INSIDER.
This isn’t the first time that someone has stolen lingerie from Victoria’s Secret: in February, two women were caught on camera stealing nearly 1,000 pairs of underwear from a store in Ohio. A month earlier, a thief stole nearly 100 items from a store in Connecticut. And in October, men wearing bonnets stole thousands from a store in South Carolina.
As Business Insider previously reported, shoplifting is a common pursuit as Victoria’s Secret – with a simple “Victoria’s Secret shoplifting” Google search revealing dozens of stories. Yet, despite employees telling BI that shoplifting is often a daily occurrence in their stores, the company has a strict policy that doesn’t allow them to accuse, approach, discuss, or point out potential thieves.
When asked about that policy, The L Brands spokesperson told INSIDER that “associate and customer safety is a top priority.”
“We will continue to operate with policies and procedures that align with this priority,” the spokesperson added.
For now, employees who violate the company’s policy regarding shoplifters face the possibility of losing their jobs.
“No matter how much they take or how many shoplifters there are, we will be fired if we do not follow policy,” Anicya Galindo, a former employee who worked at a Victoria’s Secret store in California, told Business Insider. “I have had customers look right at me after I see them stick 10 $US68 fragrances in their purse, and my manager tells me, ‘We’ve got to let ’em go and hope they put the stuff down.'”
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