LIVERMORE -- Police are searching for a group of ten thieves they say set their sights on a specific brand of high-end denim and are touring the Bay Area snatching up jeans from store shelves.
The thieves, described only as four men and six women in their 20s, appear to be focusing specifically on jeans made by True Religion, an upscale denim manufacturer whose offerings are valued anywhere between $100 and $400, Officer Traci Rebiejo said. Most recently targeted was the True Religion outlet located at 2774 Paragon Outlet Drive, which was hit by the group Thursday at 4:05 p.m.
In that incident, the suspects entered the store together in a large group, in an effort to overwhelm the clerks, Rebiejo said. Shortly after entering, they grabbed large stacks of denim and ran out to two waiting vehicles: a red, 1980s model, four-door Toyota Corolla and a silver vehicle resembling a Ford Taurus.
About 40 pairs of jeans were stolen from the Livermore location, an estimated loss of about $5000, Rebiejo said. Managers at the True Religion store declined to comment on the incident.
The Paragon outlets location was not the first to be hit by thieves matching this description, Rebiejo said, and other agencies say their mode of operation is consistent with the methods noted in their reports. According to Walnut Creek police, the True Religion store located at 1256 Broadway Plaza has also been hit by thieves using a similar method on at least one occasion.
Anyone with information about the suspects or the incident may contact Livermore police at 925-371-4900.