Surveillance footage has captured the moment four brazen thieves bagged $52,000 (A$75,600) in luxury merchandise from Givenchy’s store in SoHo, New York last weekend.
The newly released video, as reported by the New York Post, shows three men and a woman pilfering from the high-end designer boutique on Greene Street near Spring Street in the trendy Manhattan neighbourhood just before 7.30am Saturday, gaining entry by smashing the door window with a hammer.
The suspects are shown entering the store – one after the other – before swiping designer handbags off the shelves and stuffing them into large duffel bags and backpacks.
One of the suspects is shown going to the back of the store on his own and pulling multiple clothing items, still with their hangers, off the rack in one fell swoop.
Their stash included handbags, shoes and clothing, police said.
The crew fled north on Greene Street near West Houston Street after the heist.
The female suspect is believed to be in her 30s, about 5’8” and 68kg, while one of her male accomplices was in his 30s and two others were around 50 years old, cops said.
Grabs from the surveillance footage, also released by the New York Police Department (NYPD), show close-ups of each of the suspects.
The store security alarm was not on at the time of the main-level break-in and the door grate was not down because a security guard was on-duty, police sources said the day of the incident.
It is unclear where the security guard was while the thieves were ransacking the shelves.
The store normally opens at 11am on Saturdays, but Givenchy SoHo delayed doing business until around 3pm that day because of the incident, a store employee said, adding: “Everybody is OK.”
Givenchy SoHo opened in June and is the brand’s second New York City store, the other being uptown on Madison Avenue.
A Post analysis of police data earlier this month revealed that reported retail thefts in the Big Apple hit record levels for the second year in a row in 2022.
The number of shoplifting complaints surged to more than 63,000 last year – a 45 per cent jump over the roughly 45,000 reported in 2021 and a nearly 275 per cent jump compared to the mid-2000s, the statistics show.
Mayor Eric Adams emphasised his desire to crack down on unrepentant shoplifters during his testimony at an annual Albany budget hearing.
“What we can’t do is allow repeat offenders to make a mockery of our criminal justice system – and repeatedly,” he said.
“We’re losing chain stores that are closing down. People who are being employed in those stores are losing their jobs. They’re adding to our unemployment.
“So, people who say that we’re criminalising the poor – they’re wrong. Poor and low-income New Yorkers are being unemployed because we’re losing those businesses in our city.”
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission
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