Jeans warning after new Swansea store Outfit targeted by raiders
THIEVES have legged it with £4,500 worth of jeans after smashing their way into a Swansea fashion store.
They broke down the fire doors at the back of Outfit in the city's Morfa Shopping Park.
Police are now appealing for information and have warned people not to say yes if they are offered jeans on the cheap.
The break-in happened at 7.15pm on Sunday.
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A store spokeswoman said: "We have only been open here a month and, while it hasn't affected trading, this is very disappointing.
"It isn't good for the morale of the community or staff working in the store.
"They stole 100 pair of jeans, predominantly Top Shop make. It was a substantial amount of clothing and obviously targeted because they were all at the high end of the price range."
Detective Inspector Jeff Handley, of South Wales Police, urged anyone with information to come forward.
"With Christmas only a few months away we do expect to see an increase in burglaries, and we will be taking steps to reduce the number," he said.
"But if anyone is offered jeans at a reduced price, in pubs and clubs or anywhere else, they should not think of it as a victimless crime.
"There are victims.
"Repairs have to be carried out, insurance premiums go up and the cost comes back on the consumer.
"There is also the inconvenience and upset for staff.
"People should also bear in mind that if they accept the offer they are committing an offence of handling stolen goods if they know or believe they were stolen. I would urge people to think very carefully before accepting."
The Outfit spokeswoman said it had been business as usual yesterday despite the disruption.
"Part of the store was cordoned off but we maintained the standard we would want to maintain," she added.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.