Hollywood films have made us believe that robberies involve a lot of gun-pointing, yelling and customers dropping to the ground covering their heads. But a recent robbery at a Lululemon in Fresno, California was the complete opposite of that. It was quick, efficient and so laid-back, you might guess the thieves do yoga on the daily.
On Sunday, around 3pm local time, a trio of women calmly walked into the athletic apparel store at Fig Garden, an outdoor shopping centre three-and-a-half hours north of Los Angeles, and headed straight for the cubby wall stocked with stretchy yoga pants.
Each woman was carrying a large duffle bag, which they promptly began stuffing full of leggings. Both customers and employees stood by and watched in shock — and really, what would you do if you were mindlessly shopping and all of the sudden three women waltzed in and casually started clearing out the shelves right in front of you? They’re so calm and collected, it almost looks like nothing’s wrong.
The whole thing was caught on surveillance camera in the store in the video above.
CAUGHT ON VIDEO! 3 suspects steal $17,000 in clothing from a #lululemon in Fresno. A bunch of lululemon stores hit this month, nearly all in Bay Area. Here are a few:
7/19, Stanford $10K
7/18 Berkeley $19k
7/17 Gilroy $5K
7/14 Hillsdale $3.5K
7/11 Santana Row $15K pic.twitter.com/bTVkdcSvas
— Janelle Wang (@janellewang) July 25, 2018
“For me, I was just shocked, and I froze,” Christine Brown, a yoga instructor who was in the store at the time, told KFSN. “I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if there was anything I could do.”
Lululemon yoga pants and tights don’t come cheap. Each pair has a hang tag of around $100, and local authorities have estimated about $10,000 of apparel was taken in a matter of minutes.
It’s not the first time a Lululemon in the area has been hit. Police say a store in Berkeley, California was robbed three separate times on July 2, 9 and 11, and since it was a similar style robbery, they’re suggesting it’s a ring of yoga-pant-loving thieves.
If this is a criminal spree of some sort, or a yoga-pant crime ring, it’s one of the most low-key efforts in history.