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Lululemon Stores Robbed of $45,000 as Kohl’s Suspects Steal Nike Merch

Add Lululemon and Kohl’s to the list of retailers caught in a crime wave sweeping big cities nationwide. And in Canada, two suspects remain at large for robbing an Armani store of two jackets worth $10,000 combined.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is seeking seven shoplifters who stole a reported $28,780 in clothing from a Lululemon store in New York City’s Meatpacking District on Aug. 16. The athleticwear retailer known for its yoga pants was robbed in broad daylight at 12 p.m., before the individuals fled on foot.

The suspects stuffed merchandise into large sacks and a shopping cart. On the way out, they walked past a security guard who appeared on video to do nothing to stop them. The suspects are wanted for questioning in connection to grand larceny.

The NYPD’s 6th Precinct, where the Lululemon store is located, has seen crime spike 80 percent to 1,380 major cases this year—fueled by a 103 percent increase in grand larceny and shoplifting, according to data the department recently released. The area has seen the biggest crime increase citywide so far this year, the NYPD said.

This isn’t the first incident at a New York Lululemon this month. Another location on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on West 70th Street and Columbus Avenue was burglarized twice on Aug. 13.

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The first incident took place at roughly 10:04 a.m., minutes after the store opened. Two male suspects who remain at large stole $6,600 worth of merchandise. At approximately 4:45 p.m., four individuals—two males, one female and one unidentified person—filled laundry bags with an estimated $9,700 worth of Lululemon gear before fleeing.

No weapons were used in either heist and nobody was harmed, according to an NYPD spokesperson. There is no word if the three incidents are connected.

Lululemon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kohl’s robbers steal thousands worth of men’s Nike boxers

Several Kohl’s stores in the Atlanta metropolitan area also were robbed recently, with a group of women allegedly stealing more than $6,000 worth of men’s Nike boxers from four locations. The suspects targeted Kohl’s stores in Marietta, Woodstock, McDonough and Newnan.

Local Fox television affiliate station Fox 5 Atlanta first reported the Newnan robbery, citing a police report from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Kohl’s representative told Sourcing Journal that the department store is cooperating with authorities.

At the Newnan store, three perpetrators were caught on camera stealing Nike men’s boxer shorts priced between $24 and $40 for a pack of three. In total, the suspects made off with approximately $1,800 worth of underwear.

The same three women, and possibly others, are suspected of stealing underwear from the other Kohl’s stores.

Surveillance footage shows three women crouching over a display case in the store’s men’s department. The footage also showed the women leaving the store, carrying merchandise in large bags, without paying for the items, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

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Nike merchandise has been targeted in high-profile burglaries in Memphis, Tenn., Minneapolis and Charlotte, N.C.

The mother of a Los Angeles Shoe Palace employee who was murdered while on the job last year filed a wrongful death suit against the athleticwear giant, saying that the company has done nothing to stop the proliferation of “sneaker violence” and little to protect the public from it.

Toronto-area Armani burglars remain unidentified

The retail crime spree extends north of the border as well, with an Armani store robbed in a Toronto suburb earlier this month.

On Aug. 14, a male suspect entered the Armani outlet store at the Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills, Ont. He took two Armani jackets valued at more than $10,000 to the fitting room and concealed them in a duffel bag he had entered with. The suspect left the store without attempting to pay for the jackets. A second female suspect accompanied the male during the crime.

Armani did not immediately respond to Sourcing Journal’s request for comment. The two suspects are still at large.