$4,100 Nike Clothing Stolen From Dick’s, Academy Sports Stores – Sourcing Journal

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Criminals stole about $4,100 worth of Nike apparel from several Kansas sporting goods stores over the weekend, while thieves also struck in California, Illinois and Rhode Island.

The Riley Co. Police Department (RCPD) in Manhattan, Kansas. said Dick’s Sporting Goods employees told responding officers that an unknown man and woman stole approximately $2,400 worth of Nike clothing from the store.

RCPD said officers were called to Academy Sports + Outdoors 90 minutes later in response to another robbery. Employees reported that the same suspects stole approximately $1,700 worth of Nike clothing.

The RCPD is currently investigating the related thefts and the suspects remain at large.

Nike products have been a magnet for shoplifters, with one theft occurring from trailers near the brand’s distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee, in September. It is estimated that $800,000 worth of Nike products were stolen during the heist. StockX took notice, temporarily suspending sales of Air Jordan sneakers that have yet to launch and which it says may be related to the Memphis flight.

Another Dick’s Sporting Goods was targeted Thursday in Modesto, California. Detectives from the Modesto Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit arrested an organized group of retail thieves after they were caught walking out of the retailer without paying for merchandise in their possession.

This same group is believed to be responsible for previous thefts at Dick’s Sporting Goods and TJ Maxx.

Dick’s Sporting Goods did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Patrice Williams, 24, and Tanisha Armstrong, 31, both of Stockton, Calif., and Keara Denegal, 23, of Modesto, were arrested and charged with conspiracy, second-degree burglary, grand larceny, theft of personal property and organized retail theft. The three suspects received a bail increase of $250,000.

Rhode Island sneaker store robbed less than a year after opening

In Cranston, RI, six masked men stole merchandise worth ‘thousands of dollars’ from The Sneaker Spot sneaker shop in a ‘smash-and-grab’ hit.

Co-owners Steven Rocchio and Joe Michael received a call early Wednesday morning that the store’s alarm was going off, according to a report by local Providence, RI news affiliate WJAR-TV. By the time they arrived they found the door kicked in and a selection of merchandise missing from the store which opened in December.

The Sneaker Spot shared CCTV footage of the six suspects removing shoes from shelves and seizing several shoeboxes in the store’s back office.

“We are currently working alongside Cranston Police to obtain any sort of evidence related to the break-in,” the company said in an Instagram post. “Unfortunately, many shoes, clothing and other accessories were stolen from us at the time…we are working on listing missing items in our inventory, and be on the lookout for any suspicious items for sale… please stay safe out there, we appreciate all of your continued love and support. Thank you.”

The Cranston Police Department is still looking for the suspects who drove off the scene in a U-Haul pickup truck.

Some of the stolen items were recovered and returned to the store.

“We haven’t gone through everything yet and we haven’t been able to say if we have everything, if anything has been damaged or if we are missing something,” Rocchio told the outlet.

Broken glass from the front door of The Sneaker Spot

Courtesy of WJAR-TV

And in Oswego, two women were arrested for allegedly stealing $497 worth of merchandise from a Burlington Coat Factory store. Tanaysha M. McDaniel and Kenijha C. Fletcher, both of Peoria, Illinois, are charged with retail theft.

More retail crimes were reported in Columbus, Ohio late in the summer.

The Columbus Police Department (CPD) released an open case briefing report on Saturday, saying it is also seeking to identify the suspects in a reported August 25 retail robbery at an unidentified retail store in the Easton City Market.

Columbus police said two black women entered the store just before 3 p.m. Police said the women carried large bags and filled them with goods before leaving the store without paying for the items.

The incident came after a similar event at the same resort, in which two black female suspects stole approximately $380 worth of merchandise from an Old Navy over a span of three trips. On each trip, the suspects would enter the store and fill tote bags with merchandise. As in the other case, the suspects left without paying.

Police have not linked the Aug. 25 robbery to the Old Navy robberies.

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