Watch: Police searching for thieves accused of shoplifting ring in Centralia
CENTRALIA, Wash. - Police in Centralia are hoping surveillance video will help catch a group of five young men believed to be tied to a shoplifting spree at the outlet malls next to Interstate 5.
At least three stores were hit on Tuesday.
Police said the five are brazen because of their attitude of not caring if clerks see what they are doing. Surveillance video shows them walking in and simply walking out with goods.
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At the Polo Ralph Lauren store, police said the group was hanging out just feet from the store clerks and then they all leave with the last one grabbing clothes and tossing them over his shoulder, and walking out as if nothing is wrong.
"It's pretty messed up," said shopper Andrew Younglove. "They're just getting away with it."
They group also hit the Gap Factory Store and Nike.
"Did any of the people see them or anything?" asks shopper Morgan Granich. "Why didn't they stop them?"
"Call them out for it. I'm definitely not going let somebody run away with something and not pay for it," said shopper Alex Black.
None of the stores involved would speak about it the thefts, but in general, stores across the country are often not willing to risk the safety of their employees over the loss of merchandise.
However, employees did provide a car description of a white VW SUV, which a police officer saw and chased towards downtown. But the officer was told to break it off when speeds reached 90 miles per hour.
"That's so crazy that you wouldn't stop after they've done this in three stores," said Granich.
Hitting two stores is a misdemeanor, but police say three stores makes it a felony.