Shoes stolen in burglary at Skate Warehouse in SLO, police say

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is investigating an early morning burglary at Skate Warehouse in San Luis Obispo.

Investigators said they received a call around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday from the manager of the warehouse on South Higuera Street. He told them he had just arrived at work and saw flashlights inside the building and could hear rustling noises coming from inside, according to a news release.

Before officers arrived, the burglars apparently left the warehouse and fled through a chain-link fence that had been cut open, police said.

Investigators believe the burglars entered the business by cutting a hole in a large metal roll-up warehouse door.

Video of the parking lot shows a white Econoline van arriving and departing before police received the call from the manager, police said.

A "large amount" of skate shoes was stolen from the business, according to the news release. Skate Warehouse employees are working to figure out the exact loss.

This is the fourth reported commercial burglary involving a warehouse of a shoe supplier recently. The Shoesurfing.com warehouse was burglarized three times over the past year.

Police believe the burglars are part of an organized crime group out of Southern California. The group is made up of four or more people who transport the stolen property in a white cargo-type van, often stolen from a business near the reported burglary, police said.

Local investigators are working with Southern California law enforcement agencies investigating similar commercial burglaries.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity near businesses late at night or early in the morning is asked to contact the San Luis Obispo Police Department at 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.