Stephanie Herrman of In & Up Pilates on Hyperion Avenue spent about 15 minutes giving a couple a tour of her Silver Lake studio last week. Shortly after the couple left, Herman realized that her wallet was gone. She provides the details and wants to advise other business owners to be on guard:
On Thursday August 5th, I had a man and woman enter the Pilates studio I own and ask for information regarding Pilates. As a business owner, I was more than happy to give the couple a tour of the studio, and explain Pilates workouts to them. We talked for several minutes in the mat room, where I have my desk, and then per their request, we’ve moved into the equipment room to show them the Pilatus apparatus.
After talking more in the equipment room, the woman requested to use the restroom. At this point, both I and the other instructor present, assumed that they had were feigning an interest in the studio to use the restroom. After a few minutes, the woman returned, we talked further, they took a schedule, and left. They were there a total of 10-12 minutes.
About 20 minutes later, I realized that my wallet was no longer in my purse. My purse was lying under my desk and very visible, which was my mistake. I just wanted to warn other businesses to be on their guard and don’t let people you don’t know into your private spaces. I’ve been advised by the police that because I did not catch them in the act, this is a loss and not a theft.
So with the caveat that I did not actually see the crime, they were merely the only people in the studio that I have not known for years, here’s their description:
Man and woman, both Hispanic, bilingual, late 30’s to early 40’s, both well dressed in casual clothes
Male: 5’6″-5’8″ 200+ lbs. recent hair cut (long on top, short on sides) polo shirt, jeans
Female: 5’4″ 160 – 180 lbs. hair pulled back, loose fitting, white cotton dress