Furs Worth Millions Stolen From Posh NYC Shop

Owner Dennis Basso says it could be 'the largest fur heist' ever in the Big Apple
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Thieves May Have Committed 'Largest Fur Heist' Ever in NYC
They went right for the sables.   (Getty Images)

If you're going to pull off a Madison Avenue robbery on Christmas Eve, you might as well go as big as possible. That appeared to be the goal of what the New York Times calls "three discriminating speed shoppers" who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New York City before dawn Saturday and lifted more than 20 pieces of the establishment's most precious furs, per Achilleas Georgiades, one of the store's executives—some pieces worth upward of $200,000 each. "They took only the sable coats [and] nothing else," owner Dennis Basso told the paper via phone, with Georgiades adding, "They know a lot about furs."

In fact, Basso tells Page Six, this could be "the largest fur heist in the city of New York." The theft was captured on surveillance video, and Georgiades says he remembers a guy coming into the store recently who he now thinks may have "scoped the place," per the Times. Georgiades also sniffs at the way the thieves busted into the posh shop, hurling a large rock or stone through the glass door. "Who would do that?" he says. "This is Madison Avenue. It's civilized." The cost of the stolen furs is still being calculated, though it's said to be in the millions of dollars. (Thieves dressed like workers terrorized NYC Apple Stores over the summer.)

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