$60,000 Ring Stolen at French Eatery Laduree Soho, Police Say

By Irene Plagianos on July 31, 2014 4:19pm 

 Laduree Soho, which has an expansive outdoor garden, sits at 396 Broadway.
Laduree Soho, which has an expansive outdoor garden, sits at 396 Broadway.
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SOHO — A woman had a $60,000 ring and another worth $6,500 stolen while she dined at upscale French restaurant Laduree Soho last week, police said.

The West Village woman told police that at about 4 p.m. on July 21 she went to the eatery's restroom with her baby to breastfeed, and took off her pricey baubles — a $60,000 diamond ring from the Lipworth Diamond Corporation and a $6,500 Tiffany & Co ring —  to wash her hands.

The woman soon realized that the rings were missing but was unable to find them in the 396 West Broadway restaurant, which has two locations in France.

Celine Kaplan, a spokeswoman for Laduree, said they were very sorry for the woman's loss, but there were no signs of the rings in the restaurant after the customer took them off in the bathroom.

"It's really very unfortunate," Kaplan said. "We gave our video surveillance tapes to the police, but I don't think their was much they could see."

Police were still investigating the incident as of Thursday.

Other crimes in this week's 1st Precinct police blotter include:

► A SoHo woman had her $3,214 Honda Ruckus scooter stolen, police said. The 27-year-old victim told police that as she left to go to work at about 8 a.m. on July 21, she noticed her black scooter which had been parked on the street outside of 202 Spring Street, was missing.

► A tourist from Florida staying at the W Hotel Downtown had $10,400 worth of clothes and jewelry stolen from his room, police said. The 43-year-old man told police that when he returned to his room at the 123 Washington St. hotel on July 28 at about 1:30 a.m., he realized items including his $2,200 Canali jacket, $1,400 Ted Baker jacket, $1,770 Prada bag, four pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes and a $1,100 bracelet were missing.

► A woman had her $1,000 Louis Vuitton bag stolen while she drank coffee and worked on her laptop at a Financial District Starbucks. The woman told police she paid for her coffee at the 195 Broadway Starbucks on July 21 at about 11 a.m., sat down with her computer at a table and, about 45 minutes later,  realized her white designer purse was missing. The handbag also contained $100, along with credit cards.

► Thieves have swiped thousands of dollars of jewelry from two SoHo apartments in the last week, police said. A woman came home to her 75 Thompson St. home at about 9 a.m. on July 21 to find $3,725 worth of jewelry — as well her iPad — stolen. Twelve pieces of jewelry, including three $650 gold rings, diamond necklaces and earrings, were taken. There was no sign of forced entry.

On July 20, just a couple of blocks away, a woman found $1,300 worth of jewelry and electronics stolen from her 200 Spring St. apartment. It appeared the burglars entered her first floor apartment through the rear window by removing an air conditioner. The woman discovered the theft when she returned home at about 5 p.m. after being away for several hours. Items stolen include $700 diamond earrings and a $300 gold necklace. It was unclear if the burglaries were related.

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