Vail police looking for shoplifters |

Vail police looking for shoplifters

Veronica Whitney

Police said the robbers appear to be the same family that was involved in two other robberies in Vail, one in August and another last year.

Vail Police Seargent Mike Warren said two rings worth about $2,000 were missing from a jewelry store in the village after a woman and several children were in the store.

The incident happened at 3:30 p.m., when an older woman entered the store with two younger girls and three children.

“While the children distracted the clerk with questions, the retail clerk saw the older woman reaching in the window display just before the rings disappeared,” Warren said Saturday.

Warren said he believes the same family also hit a high-end clothing store in the village in August, taking two dresses worth $100 each. And last year, he said a family with the same description stole clothing from another store in Vail.

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“We put a memo out in August to retailers to be on the lookout for these people,” Warren said. “They were also seen in Lionshead on Saturday but nothing happened there.”

Warren described the shoplifters as a Hispanic family, possibly Gypsies, composed of a woman in her 50s or 60s with a birthmark on her cheek; two young women, both with long black hair; and three young children — a girl and a boy wearing colorful clothing and a baby.

“They seem to have a pattern of going into stores, creating diversions and stealing something,” Warren said.

Warren said he didn’t know if the shoplifters were locals or if they came from somewhere else.

“We are going to contact other agencies in the state to see if they have experienced the same type of crime with similar descriptions,” he said.

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