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Panties Worth $650 Stolen From Fairfield Store

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Panties valued at $650 were stolen from Victoria’s Secret in Fairfield Thursday, according to police reports. Police believe the theft is the work of shoplifting teams from out-of-state.

The manager said the contents of an entire display case of underwear — approximately 65 pairs — was stolen from the Post Road store Thursday afternoon. Employees were all helping customers at the time and did not see who took the merchandise.

Thursday’s incident marked the second time in three weeks that Victoria’s Secret reported a large-scale theft. Between $600 and $700 worth of items was taken from the store on May 17.

Police believe shoplifting teams are responsible. Usually, a “lookout” watches outside the store while one or more group members pose as customers to distract store employees. Another person then quickly grabs merchandise during the distraction.

Police are reviewing security footage to try to identify the suspects. Anyone with information should contact the Fairfield Police at 203-254-4800.

Also from the police blotter:

Commercial-grade leaf blowers were reported stolen from two separate Fairfield streets Thursday morning. A landscaper working on Mill Plain Road said he left his Echo-brand backpack-style blower, valued at $530, in a truck at the job. The machine was missing at about 10:30 a.m.

A second report came from Marlborough Terrace later that day. A resident told police she saw a gray pickup truck drive up and down the street repeatedly before stopping at a trailer parked on the street. A white man wearing a white T-shirt got out of the truck and took an item from the trailer, then drove away, according to the report. The trailer’s owner reported an Echo-brand leaf blower, valued at $300, missing after the incident.

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