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Bra Bandit on the Loose: Lakewood Authorities Hunt Suspect in Bra and Panty Heists Worth Nearly $5,000 Over Two Years

Authorities in Lakewood, Colorado, are currently in pursuit of a suspect accused of stealing nearly $5,000 worth of women’s bras and panties over a two-year period.

According to CBS News Colorado, the thefts took place between August 2021 and May 2023, with the suspect targeting various laundry rooms within apartment buildings. Approximately 30 thefts have been attributed to the suspect, who is believed to roam apartment complexes but is not a resident.

Lakewood Police Department issued an advisory stating that the suspect has specifically targeted the Lakeview Towers at Belmar Apartments, committing at least 26 thefts from laundry rooms on multiple floors. The stolen items primarily consist of women’s bras and underwear, with an estimated value of around $4,881.

Although the suspect was last seen in the building in June 2023, he remains unidentified and is currently being sought by authorities.

This incident is not the first of its kind in Colorado. In 2020, a man was sentenced to 26 years in prison for breaking into University of Colorado dorm rooms and stealing underwear, among other charges. Similarly, in 2018, an Arvada man burglarized numerous homes to pilfer women’s panties.

Instances of underwear theft are not limited to Colorado either. In 2016, a woman in Denver installed surveillance cameras after discovering that a man had gained access to her house keys and entered her home to steal her underwear, including expensive thongs amounting to approximately $1,200.

While incidents of panty theft may occur in Colorado, it is worth noting that Japan has experienced a more widespread problem in this regard. In 2017 alone, there were reportedly 10,000 cases of underwear theft in the country, with approximately 4,000 of them being resolved. In Japan, thieves often target clotheslines to snatch underwear.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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