A group of thieves stormed designer Dennis Basso’s flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City early Saturday morning in a Christmas Eve heist that saw them make off with millions of dollars in high-end furs. A surveillance video of the Christmas Eve robbery reveals that three bandits used a concrete block to smash through the front door of Basso’s store around 5 a.m. on December 24 and within 3 minutes exited the store with at least 20 of the designer’s most expensive offerings, including sable and chinchilla furs.
The specific store’s manager, Achilleas Georgiads, told the press that he believes the thieves had scoped out the store within a few days before the burglary. “They went directly where the expensive stuff is. They definitely knew where those pieces were hanging, because the first guy went directly to that,” he said. Per Georgiads, over $1 million worth of Russian Sable fur, alone, was stolen.
Police said Monday that they do not have any suspects and no arrests have been made. The matter is still pending, though, as law enforcement and the store employees work to determine the exact value of the stolen merchandise, the NYPD said.
Speaking out about the robbery, 62-year old Basso - who shows his ready-to-wear during the bi-annual New York Fashion Weeks each year and has garnered fans, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Brooke Shields, Paris Hilton and Naomi Campbell - said: “They broke down the door to my Madison Avenue store at 5am on Christmas Eve and took only the most expensive sable coats. It could be the largest fur heist in the city of New York.”