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Nashville boutique robbed by alleged cross-dressing shoplifting ring

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A popular Nashville boutique fears a cross-dressing, shoplifting ring is at it again.

In just a blink of an eye, store managers of Blush Boutique in the Gulch said their front display table was swiped of priceless merchandise, by a unique shoplifter who they say is part of a bigger network of crooks with an interesting flair for fashion.

"This in particular is a cross-dressing shoplifting ring we've had really big issues with in the past few years," said Whitney Wolfe, Regional Manager of Blush Boutique.

Wolfe said the cross-dressing swindler, which was caught on the store's surveillance feed, walked into the 12th Avenue South boutique Friday evening once the crowds died down and then made his move.

Assistant Manager Sloane England explained how she caught the fearless fashion fiend in the act.

"He took three steps in, grabbed the clothes, turned around and left," said England.

England told News 2, the alleged cross-dressing thief quickly left the boutique with the merchandise. He then crossed 12th Avenue South and the got into a get-away car and made off like a bandit.

"It was eleven pairs of jeans. They were at least $100 each, so just $1,100 just gone in a matter of five seconds," said England.

"They target small businesses or small boutiques because there isn't as many employees in the store," said Wolfe.

Wolfe adds this alleged cross-dressing shoplifting ring has targeted several Blush Boutique shops at least ten times throughout the greater Nashville area in the past couple of years.

This latest incident took place at their newest location in the Gulch, which opened in October.

Wolfe's hope is the latest image caught of this cross-dressing shoplifter will be seen by someone who can finally help get him off the streets.

"We just want to make other businesses aware that this is going on and we want to do our best to put a stop it," said Wolfe.

Managers of Blush Boutique said they added extra security measures to prevent another burglary.

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