Thieves Grab Nearly $37K of Handbags from SoHo Shop, Cops Say

By Irene Plagianos on June 19, 2013 8:14am 

 A selection of Victoria Beckham designer bags available at Kirna Zabete stores. Several Victoria Beckham bags were stolen at Kirna Zabette's 96 Greene St. location.
A selection of Victoria Beckham designer bags available at Kirna Zabete stores. Several Victoria Beckham bags were stolen at Kirna Zabette's 96 Greene St. location.
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SOHO — Three men swiped nearly $37,000 worth of designer handbags from an upscale SoHo boutique last week while claiming to have a gun, police said.

The three walked into Kirna Zabete at 96 Greene St. last Thursday afternoon and quickly began grabbing pricey bags — including a $2,700 leather Jason Wu purse and a $4,900 python Celine handbag — right off the shelves, according to police reports.

A store employee soon approached the thieves to ask what they were doing, she told police.

One man turned around and responded “back the f--k up, I have a gun,” police said.

The man then took out a black cellphone and began taunting the woman with it as though it were a gun, police said.

Within a couple of minutes, all three fled the store, with 14 bags from designers such as Givenchy, Victoria Beckham, Lanvin and Balenciaga worth a total of $36,800, police said. They then hopped into a white Chevrolet Impala parked outside and drove off.

Police were still looking into the theft as of Tuesday.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:

— A young woman told police an unknown man smashed her face with a bottle of Patron tequila while she partied at Greenhouse, a trendy club on 150 Varick St. that's had a history of violent incidents and thefts. The woman, 21, said she took herself to Jamaica Hospital in Queens after the attack, which occurred about 4 a.m. June 12. Doctors said she suffered several facial fractures, according to police.

— A 28-year-old woman sitting in front of a building at 138 Reade St. told police her iPhone was swiped from her hands as she was busy texting about 4:40 p.m. on June 11. According to police reports, a young man approximately 16 years old grabbed her phone and ran off.

— A deliveryman had his $1,305 bike stolen as he made a delivery at 395 South End Ave. about 8 p.m. Monday, June 17. He told cops that he left his bike outside the building, only locked to itself, and when he returned it was gone.

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