Nearly $1 million worth of luxury bags stolen from Florida store smash-and-grab

  • Hermes handbags worth nearly $1 million were stolen from a Florida boutique earlier this month during a smash-and-grab theft.
  • Eight Birkin bags and five Kellys were stolen from Only Authentics on Dec. 14.
  • Some of the handbags are valued at more than six figures each, including a Vert Bosphore Birkin listed at $110,000.

 Nearly $1 million worth of luxury handbags were stolen from Only Authentics boutique in Palm Beach, Florida during a smash-and-grab incident two weeks ago. 

Store owner Virgil Rogers said 13 one-of-a-kind Hermes handbags were stolen when the window where they were displayed was shattered sometime during the night of Dec. 14. 

Virgil said some of the bags are valued at more than six figures each, putting the total value of the missing items close to $1 million.

The store carries a 30-year curated collection of Hermes and Chanel handbags, jewelry and accessories, an employee said. Only Authentic credits itself as “the world’s most trusted independent dealer of Hermes and Chanel handbags and accessories,” according to its website.

Hermes handbags come in a variety of styles and lines made up of one-of-a-kind pieces. The Kelly and the Birkin are the most expensive handbags in the line. 

Eight Birkins and five Kellys were stolen, with the most expensive being a 40-centimeter green crocodile skin Kelly listed at $89,000 and a 32-centimeter Vert Bosphore Birkin listed at $110,000, a store employee said.

These incidents, which have been dubbed “grab and go” or “smash and go” thefts, involve people taking expensive items and running off, rather than traditional shoplifters who snag items here and there while shopping around.  

Some of these thefts are also considered organized retail crime, referring to professional shoplifting rings. They have cost U.S. retail stores and companies as much as $30 billion a year, according to the FBI.

Retailers and experts from the National Retail Federation say thefts have gotten more violent amid the pandemic and have moved from cities to the suburbs. Retailers say they’re worried more robberies may be on the horizon.

Source: USA Today

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