Late last week thieves made away with 500 Hermès handbags estimated to be worth more than 1 million euros (about $1.07 million at current exchange) at CAMS, a packaging and logistics facility northwest of Paris, which is subcontracted to package the pricey bags. Six armed individuals reportedly forced the CAMS on-duty supply manager to load hundreds of Hermès bags into a truck before fleeing in two separate vehicles. They made away with both leather and canvas bags, including styles that retail for between 500 and 5,000 euros each ($535 to $5,354), a police source told WWD. The CAMS manager was alone on the facility's premises on Thursday evening when the heist took place.
Despite reports from other sites that claim that the stolen lot probably included Birkin bags, one of the most highly coveted purses in the Paris-based design house's lineup and in the world, that almost certainly is NOT the case, given the price points of the stolen bags. In fact, it is extremely rare to see a Birkin retailing for much less than $10,000 in recent years -- you actually can't even buy used Birkins for less than that. As such the stolen bags likely included the Evelyne III, Picotin Lock 18, Double Sens, Cabag Elan, and the Garden Party styles.