SLO shoe burglaries linked to organized crime group
February 2, 2012
Police suspect an early morning burglary at the Skate Warehouse in San Luis Obispo is linked to an organized crime ring out of southern California.
On Wednesday morning, the store’s manager saw flashlights and heard noises coming from inside the building located on south Higuera Street. While the manager did not find anyone inside, he discovered the warehouse had been broken into and an undetermined amount of skate shoes had been stolen.
Surveillance video of the robbery shows the thieves transported the shoes in a white Econoline van.
Police suspect the thieves are part of an organized crime ring that is suspected of four burglaries of shoe warehouses in San Luis Obispo within the past year. The group of four or more suspects transports the stolen property in white cargo-type vans, often stolen from a business near the reported burglary.
The San Luis Obispo Police department is collaborating with law enforcement officers in the southern regions of the state where similar crimes are occurring.