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120 Pairs of Underwear Stolen From SoHo Victoria's Secret, Police Say

By Irene Plagianos | February 13, 2014 12:41pm
 Shoplifters once again stole dozens of pairs of underwear from a SoHo Victoria's Secret.
Shoplifters once again stole dozens of pairs of underwear from a SoHo Victoria's Secret.
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SOHO — Shoplifters in SoHo seem to have figured out Victoria’s Secret: The lingerie chain’s 591 Broadway store has become a regular target for a panty raid.

On Monday, and for the second time in less than three weeks, more than $1,000 worth of underwear was stolen from the shop, police said.

According to police reports, at about 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, a woman grabbed 120 pairs of panties, worth $1,580, and left the store. Employees didn’t realize the underwear was missing until doing an inventory check later in the day.

A couple of weeks ago, four women managed to surreptitiously grab $4,000 worth of panties from the store. And, in July, the shop lost 200 thongs and 20 garter belts, worth $3,380, during another shoplifting incident.

The store did not return a request for comment.

Police were still investigating the crime as of Wednesday.

Other recent crimes in the 1st Precinct include:

► An upscale TriBeCa furniture store, Art et Maison, was duped into giving up more than $1,200 in a “Green Dot” card scam. Police said a man claiming to be from Con Edison called the 31 N. Moore St. store on Feb. 5 and told a store employee that their power was going to be turned off if they didn’t pay $1,209.

The con artist told the employee to buy a Green Dot card — a prepaid debit card — then give him the authorization number on the card, which would allow him to quickly access the money and ostensibly settle the bill, police said. The employee followed instructions, unknowingly authorizing the thief to steal his shop’s money, police said. A nearly identical scam was also successfully used last month at French Café Gourmand in SoHo.

► A 36-year-old Chinese tourist had her wallet, which included $1,700 and her passport, stolen from her backpack as she walked along Spring Street, near Broadway, on Feb. 5 at about 2 p.m., police said. The woman told police that she felt someone bump her, then soon realized that her bag was unzipped and her wallet was missing.

► A Borough of Manhattan Community College student had her bag stolen when she fell asleep in the school’s library on Feb. 6 at about 1:15 p.m., police said. The 19-year-old’s black Aldo bag contained her Samsung smartphone, as well as credit cards.

► A woman had her wallet stolen from her jacket at Bar 121 on Feb. 10 at about 6 p.m., police said. The 28-year-old told police that her jacket went missing during a happy hour event at the 121 Fulton St. bar, and she later found the coat in the women’s bathroom, but her wallet, which contained $80, was gone.