August 22, 2009

Sophisticated thefts plaguing J.C. Penney

A J.C. Penney Co. official says costly robberies at company stores in Indiana, Louisiana and Texas were committed by methodical, skilled burglars.

J.C. Penney Co. spokesman Tim Lyons said the individuals responsible for the recent thefts appear professional in nature and have cost the department store chain an unspecified amount of money, the Houston Chronicle said Saturday.

They are pretty methodical, Lyons said. These burglaries are planned. They are pros, and they know what they are doing.

Authorities have been unable to officially confirm the same group of thieves is responsible for all of the recent thefts.

The first J.C. Penney theft took place in Indianapolis in June and reportedly resulted in the theft of $306,000 in jewelry.

That theft was followed up by similar burglaries in the Louisiana cities of Covington and Lafayette; along with thefts in the Texas cities of Pasadena, Rosenberg and Houston.

The Chronicle said the 2009 thefts come after J.C. Penney was hit by 11 break-ins in California alone during 2008.