Couple caught on camera stealing from Highlands yoga studio

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DENVER -- Thieves hit a Highlands neighborhood business known for its peaceful ways. And they likely couldn't have anticipated the employees' aggressive reaction.

Surveillance video captured a couple of crooks stealing about $2,000 worth of yoga clothing from the Freyja Project in the 3400 block of Tejon Street Thursday afternoon.

Now, the business and its employees have reached out to FOX31 Problem Solvers for help in catching them after they were caught on surveillance video.

The duo entered the yoga studio and spa about 1: 20 p.m. and probably never expected to have to outrun the very friendly, tranquil employees inside.

But that's exactly what happened.

"We all think of it as a sacred space and a place where everyone feels safe," yoga studio owner Patty Henry said.

But at the Freyja Project in the Highlands, the two thieves learned that tranquility doesn't translate to employees in the face of blatant theft.

"This couple came in and they were pretending they were shopping," employee Jessica Vaughan said.

The 26-year-old said the unidentified woman told the man she had to get her wallet from the car.

The man then scooped up an armful of yoga clothing, and made his way out the door. Jessica and her coworker, Christine Julich, noticed, jumped the counter and gave chase.

"I didn't think. I just reacted. I was ready to kick ass, really," Vaughan said.

The man ran around a corner,  and past his getaway vehicle. His partner sat in the passenger seat of the car.

"She had locked the passenger side. Christine tried to open the door. I went to the back passenger seat door and opened the door. There was a 14- to 16-year-old kid in the back. As I saw that and hesitated, the lady drove off and met with her husband who was running down street," Vaughan said.

"For their safety, I'm not sure it was the right thing to do. They could have been armed," Henry said.

She's touched by her employees' devotion-- but also by  the thieves glaring crime.

"It made me sad because they came in looking for something because they have a sense of lack and I felt compassion. But I don't agree with the choice to steal," Henry said.

"This is my family here. So they are taking from my family. This is obviously wrong. So I didn't think twice about standing up for something that's right," Vaughan said.

The suspects got away in a grey Mitsubishi SUV that had both license plates taken off, along with the emblems.

If you recognize the couple that may have a teenage son, call Denver Police.