SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – You have heard of thieves breaking into stores in the night to steal jewelry, cell phones, and other expensive items. This is a story, though, about thieves stealing underwear—lots of underwear. More than you would wear in an entire lifetime.
Miguel Coello showed up to his Southwest Miami-Dade warehouse Friday and discovered quite a surprise. He actually had a new backdoor.
“The first sign was we saw some boxes off. And then we saw the hole in the back.” Coello, a sales manager with Unico Interior said.
On the other side of that hole was a mountain of empty boxes. Coello came to realize he was pretty much cleaned out. The thieves got away with Coello’s underwear, actually, underwears. Thousands of pairs of luxury brand “tighty whities.”
Now many may find it peculiar that someone would steal so much underwear.
“Hey there is people out there that buy stuff with receipt,” Coello said. In other words, someone is willing to buy stolen drawers—expensive ones. The underwear could probably fetch $4-$5 at the flea market. Coello added, “Probably so and it’s worth more than that. The retail is probably $28 a piece.”
On the other side of the hole in the back is Neighboring Import Autoworks who was hit as well.
“Could have been a lot worse. For them people I feel bad because they really got nailed.” Chris Wernsing an employee at the shop contended.
The boxer burglars popped the lock and used the shop as cover. The crooks stole computers which held 25-years-worth of customer information, forcing them to do things the old way—everything by hand.
Wernsing thinks these brief thieves were well organized.
“I think it had to be three, four, maybe five people. People over there grabbing stuff and throwing it through. People over here opening them up.” Wernsing said.
The crooks apparently got thirsty, though, as they did make at least one mistake: they drank the shops Gatorade and left it behind. Wernsin pointed to the bottles and said, “Hopefully these guys have been arrested before and they’ll get the DNA off that and they get caught.”
Miguel has no doubt whoever hit the warehouse knew them.
“They know us. They know our brand and the value of our brand,” Coello said.
A good way to identify the stolen underwear is to look for that logo on it. If you have any information, or you see the logo around, or perhaps know something about all of this, you are asked to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-tips.