COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "It's at malls anywhere, it's just a target of opportunity."
Crooks in Naples had their sights set on the Coastland Center mall Thursday. Within a few hours they ripped off the clothing store H&M and Victoria's Secrety, getting away with nearly $10,000 in merchandise.
"They pretty much emptied out some of the supply drawers they had."
Now detectives looking for the people responsible, say this crime could be connected to a South American theft ring out of Miami.
"The thieves know exactly what theyre looking for and exactly how to do it. They're in and out very quickly," said Lt. John Barkley with the Naples Police Department.
Police said three crooks targeted Victoria's Secret. Two women distracted the workers, while a man quickly filled a large bag with 60 bras and more than a hundred pieces of underwear, valued at nearly five thousand dollars.
Then at H&M, two other women loaded four large bags with clothes, left the store, then came back and stole more stuff. The suspects used booster bags, which can hide unscanned tags from a store's security system. But WINK News is learning in the end, these pricey thefts could have you paying more the next time you shop.
"The money is gonna get paid somewhere so due to that, cost increases or stuff like that absolutely effects everyone."