STRONGSVILLE, OH — An underwear thief went on his own personal panty raid at the SouthPark Mall in Strongsville.
“What a weirdo pervert,” said Jessica Presswood, who was shopping at the mall Friday night.
According to police reports, the man stole “100 pairs of panties” valued at $1,450 from the Victoria’s Secret store on July 25 around 2:00 p.m.
“Okay, he has good taste, but I don’t know,” said Tasha Fairley, another shopper.
Not much else is known about the underwear bandit because he stole the britches and took off while workers were busy.
By the time police arrived, he was already gone.
While police keep an eye out for the panty thief, the National Learning and Research Center advises people to be aware of the negative impact caused by shoplifters.
According to their studies, 1 in 11 people have shoplifted.
They steal, on average, more than $13 billion worth of goods from retailers each year, or $35 million per day.
Although the crime is a misdemeanor, those financial losses impact everyone from police, who must pursue the cases, to consumers, who must pay more for products and cities that lose tax dollars.
Fox 8 reached out to Victoria’s Secret and SouthPark Mall for comment, but so far we’ve not heard back from their representatives.