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Thieves Swarm Santa Clara Small Business

Santa Clara police are investigating after a local small business was burglarized twice in one week.

The Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) says it received a 9-1-1 call around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 28. When officers arrived at The Fix Kicks on El Camino Real in the Santa Clara Town Center, “numerous vehicles fled in different directions.”

Police have not said if anything was stolen. The store’s front windows were boarded up on Monday morning.

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This is the second time the shoe retailer has reported a break-in in the span of five days. Early in the morning on Nov. 23, officers say anywhere from 15 to 30 people forced their way into the store and stole footwear and apparel. They took off in multiple vehicles.

The owner of The Fix Kicks says he has security video. Police say they have not made any arrests, but it is an active investigation.

“As in all crimes, the Santa Clara Police Department takes these incidents very seriously,” said SCPD Police Chief Pat Nikolai. “We have several potential promising leads from the initial burglary and are actively investigating all leads.”

The Fix Kicks is a specialty shoe store that sells high-end sneakers, including Nike Air Jordans and Adidas Yeezys. Shoes at the store sell for anywhere between $100 and $4,500.

The store is one of a series of high-end retail locations in the Bay Area that large groups of thieves have robbed or burglarized in the past few weeks. In many of the incidents, large groups of people enter a business, grab merchandise and then flee in vehicles. The burglaries and robberies take just a matter of minutes.

Two of those incidents happened on Nov. 21 within hours of each other near the Santa Clara border. San Jose police say a group entered the Lululemon store at Santana Row and took $40,000 worth of merchandise.

Around that same time, thieves robbed a store at Westfield Valley Fair and stole $7,000 worth of sunglasses. Valley Fair management says it is working with local law enforcement.

“We are coordinating with local law enforcement and are taking additional steps to ensure our property is as secure as possible for both retailers and shoppers,” said a spokesperson for Valley Fair.

SCPD asks anyone who has information regarding the burglaries at The Fix Kicks to contact detective Adam Wilson at (408) 615-4818. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can leave information on the Anonymous Tip Line at (408) 615-4TIP (4847).

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