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Thieves Steal $139,000 Worth of Furs and Crocodile Skin, Police Say

By John Santore | February 9, 2016 4:28pm
 Police are seeking four individuals linked to a series of luxury coat robberies in Manhattan between October and December. 
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MIDTOWN — Shoplifters with expensive taste stole more than $139,000 worth of furs and luxury goods during the height of the holiday shopping season, police said.

The thieves targeted six high-end stores in Manhattan.

Expensive home furnishing store Luxury Living New York at 153 Madison Ave. was the first shop hit when a man and a woman swiped a $26,000 Fendi fur blanket on Oct. 19, police said.

The Fur Source of NY at 3 W. 57th St. was next on Oct. 23, when a couple stole a $12,000 black chinchilla jacket. Police could not say if it was the same man and woman.

On Dec. 4, a man and woman took a $26,270 fur coat from Fendi Casa, also located at 153 Madison Ave.

Two men, who police said were part of the same crew, lifted a $8,995 Gucci crocodile skin jacket from Authentic PreOwned at 461 W. Broadway.

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On Dec. 13, a man stole a $30,000 Loro Piana mink cape from the 8 E. 50th St. Saks Fifth Avenue store, according to the NYPD.

The last theft in the string of crimes happened on Dec. 18 when a man and woman teamed up to steal two Brunello Cucinelli mink coats worth a total of $36,500 from Riflessi, located at 48 W. 57th St.

During most of the incidents, police said, one suspect would distract store personnel while the second would remove and conceal the stolen items.

Police are looking for four suspects — two 25 to 30-year-old women, each about 5-foot-6 and weighing between 140 and 170 pounds, and two middle aged men each about 6 foot and weighing between 175 and 190 pounds.

Anybody with information can call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.