LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — In a brazen daytime robbery, as many as 10 suspects rushed a Livermore outlet store and stole thousands of dollars worth of designer jeans Thursday afternoon, a Livermore police officer said.

Around 4 p.m., the group of thieves entered the True Religion Brand Jeans store at the Livermore Premium Outlet shopping center, located at 2774 Paragon Outlets Drive, Officer Traci Rebiejo said.

The group overwhelmed the clerk and then snatched several pairs of jeans that run up to $300 a pair and put them into bags and under jackets before running out of the store, Rebiejo said.

Getaway cars were waiting for the suspects and then drove off with about $5,000 of merchandise, Rebiejo said.

Rebiejo said police are working several leads in the theft.

She said similar expensive jean heists are occurring throughout the Bay Area in what authorities believe is part of a ring of thieves, Rebiejo said.

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