ROCK HILL — Four people three of them reportedly men carrying purses and wearing fake eyelashes are accused of stealing 85 pairs of womens underwear from a Rock Hill Victorias Secret on Wednesday, police say.
At about 2 p.m., officers were called to the lingerie store at the Rock Hill Galleria after an employee said four people went into the store and stole the extra-small cotton bikini underwear, according to a Rock Hill Police report. The panties were valued at $722.
The employee described the suspects as a heavy set woman with long hair and carrying a gold bag, and three men one with shaved hair, one carrying a purse and one with a Hot Topic bag.
All three men wore makeup, the employee said, and fake eyelashes.
The employee told officers that the woman distracted a store employee while the three men took off with the underwear.
Because of a lack of leads, police have closed the case.
Thefts at Victorias Secret stores arent uncommon.
Last April, someone stole 42 bras from the Victorias Secret at the Galleria.
The bras, valued at $1,345 were stolen sometime between 2 and 4 p.m., according to a Rock Hill Police report.
A similar theft happened in San Diego in December, when police accused two men of grabbing $4,000 worth of lingerie from the store, taking 300 pairs of panties, according to KFMB Radio in San Diego.
It happened twice in Gastonia, N.C., when employees reported that someone stole $2,500 worth of underwear and then $2,100 worth of lingerie four days later, The Charlotte Observer reported.
In mid-January, police said a man pilfered at least $1,900 worth of hoodies and sweats from the store in SouthPark mall in Charlotte, the Observer reported. Two weeks before that, someone shoplifted 50 bras worth more than $1,400 from the same store.
Police in Milwaukee, Wis., last year investigated several thefts from Victorias Secret in connection with a possible underwear theft ring, according to WISN 12, a Milwaukee television station.
Victoria Secrets Rock Hill store and the corporate office declined to comment, aside from releasing a statement that reads: We take matters of theft seriously and work closely and in cooperation with local state and federal authorities on these type of investigations.
A corporate spokeswoman for Limited Brands, a parent company to several retail chains including Victorias Secret and Bath & Body Works, did say that the store has a loss prevention office that acts as a task force for helping stores deal with theft.