CHP seizes $200,000 in stolen Lululemon leggings
Call it a tight squeeze: Investigators with the California Highway Patrol have recovered more than $200,000 worth of stolen merchandise from athletic apparel maker Lululemon, officials announced this week.
The CHP Border Division’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force was alerted to three large boxes containing stolen goods shipped from Ohio and destined for an apartment complex in La Habra earlier this month. When investigators delivered the merchandise to the apartment, they found several other similar boxes and obtained a search warrant.
The investigation revealed a total of 16 boxes inside the apartment, each filled with stolen Lululemon leggings. In all, “there were 1,861 stolen items seized and inventoried with a retail value of $203,688,” CHP said in a news release.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise was stolen from Macy’s, Lululemon, JCPenney and other stores throughout California, authorities say
The products were stolen from various Lululemon locations throughout the country, including stores in Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, they said.
A spokesperson for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, according to the CHP, a representative said it is the largest recovery of stolen items in the company’s history.
“The investigation is ongoing, and the apartment residents claimed no knowledge of what the boxes contained,” CHP added.
Two suspects in smash-and-grab burglaries that targeted JCPenney and Sam’s Club stores have pleaded guilty, Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announced Friday.
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