Stolen Kathmandu jackets packing ink

KEEPING COSY: Burglars stole a bunch of puffer jackets from Kathmandu.
KEEPING COSY: Burglars stole a bunch of puffer jackets from Kathmandu.

Jackets burgled from a Hamilton clothing retailer will be sporting distinctive ink that yells, ''I'm stolen'', police say.

Thieves broke into the Kathmandu premises on Bryce St shortly after 1am yesterday, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Shelley Begbie of the Waikato tactical crime unit said. 

"Though only in the store for a short period, the thieves were able to make off with a variety of fleece and down jackets,'' Begbie said.

Hamilton's Kathmandu store was burgled on Thursday.
Hamilton's Kathmandu store was burgled on Thursday.

The thieves remain at large but police say they may find it hard to move on their ill-gotten goods due to a Kathmandu security measure.

"The jackets that were stolen all have security tags attached to their pockets which will stain the jackets if tampered with. "

The large ink spots are very distinctive and receivers or potential buyers are unlikely to want anything to do with jackets that when stained appear to yell; "look at me, I'm stolen."

Begbie said anyone approached about buying jackets at a price that seems too good to be true are warned that it probably is.

"People should be aware that the courts take a dim view on receivers because they fuel the market for thieves to steal property and then sell the items on, often for drugs.''

Police believe the thieves used two vehicles in the heist.

A white Mazda MPV vehicle was later recovered, as well as items of interest relating to the burglary, in a car-park on Willoughby St. 

Begbie said the Mazda had been stolen from a city hotel earlier on the night of the burglary.

Anyone approached to buy a fleece or down jacket is advised to contact Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200, alternatively information can be left anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

Waikato Times