NEW YORK — Three trucks filled with Chaps Ralph Lauren sportswear produced by Warnaco Group Inc. were stolen last week from a truck depot outside Pittsburgh, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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The merchandise was valued at about $1.2 million, said Bill Corowley, special agent in the FBI’s Pittsburgh office. Corowley said investigators believe the trucks were stolen between 10:30 p.m. on May 30 and 12:30 a.m. the next morning from the Eastern GPS Truck Terminal in Wall, Pa. He said investigators believe there is still a chance the goods are in the Pittsburgh area.
A spokesman for New York-based Warnaco confirmed the theft and said the company had offered a $10,000 reward for information about the whereabouts of the trucks.
“We are working closely with the FBI in the investigation,” he said, but declined further comment.
The FBI said the trucks bore the markings of Maersk-Sealand Inc., the Madison, N.J.-based shipping company. A Maersk spokesman declined to comment.
Corowley said the theft was the largest anyone in the Pittsburgh office could remember “in this area of the country.”
Investigators believe at least three people had to be involved in the theft, since all three trucks were driven away. They suspect the thieves plan to fence the goods through flea markets or some other black market channel.
Corowley said anyone with information about the heist should call the FBI’s Pittsburgh office.