Police: High-end thieves might have struck again, this time in Vail

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DENVER -- A team of thieves with high-end taste might be linked to thefts in Denver, Aspen and Vail. Police said the most recent crime happened at a boutique fur shop in Vail Village on Valentine’s Day.

Surveillance video of suspect. Courtesy: Vail Police Department

Surveillance video of suspect. Courtesy: Vail Police Department

According to the Vail Police Department, a sales associate with Designer Furs reported a shoplifting incident on Sunday. Police said a male and female couple walked into the boutique store and received help from a store employee.

The duo’s suspicious behavior prompted the sales associate to review the store’s surveillance footage, which showed the male shoving a fur coat into his jacket and walking out of the store. The jacket is an Empress brand chinchilla valued at $35,000.

Investigators with Vail police have reason to believe the pair is also behind the recent thefts in Denver and Aspen. In each case, shoplifters pose as affluent shoppers who use a ruse to distract employees and steal expensive boutique clothing.

Last week, $20,000 worth of luxury items were taken from the Max Store in Cherry Creek.

Surveillance video captured a man taking a $2,000 Bottega Venetta dress from the rack, folding it over, then stuffing it into a backpack under his coat -- hanger and all. His accomplice, a female, provided camouflage.

Vail police are collaborating with nearby area police departments and law enforcement agencies, and are looking for evidence to link the thefts.

“There are indications these thieves are professional shoplifters,” Sgt. Annette Dopplick said.

Anyone with information should call the Vail Police Department at 970-479-2201.

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