Thieves stole more than $1 million in fur coats after throwing a large stone through the Dennis Basso Manhattan boutique window on Christmas Eve.
The three masked thieves were discriminating enough to skip over other costly merchandise and go right to the ultra-pricey sable coats, some valued at more than $200,000 each, The New York Times reported.
Surveillance video shows one of the suspects shatter the window with a brick or stone and then use his body weight to complete the entry into the store. The second and third man walk in right behind him and quickly get to work.
"He went directly where the expensive stuff is," store manager Achilleas Georgiads told WNBC-TV. "He knew where the stuff was. He knew the store for sure."
Store owner Dennis Basso agreed, telling The New York Times it appeared the thieves were all business.
"They took only the sable coats; they took nothing else," Basso said.
Basso, whose high-end clients include Paris and Nicky Hilton, added the break-in could be record-setting.
"They knew what they were looking for," Basso told the New York Post. "They broke down the door to my Madison Avenue store at 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve and took only the most expensive sable coats. It could be the largest fur heist in the city of New York."
In 1991, at least $1 million was taken by a team that conducted gunpoint fur robberies over a course of months before they were captured, the Times noted. The incidents forced some Manhattan fur owners out of business.
In 1950, authorities busted two fur company executives and a driver from a second company in a scheme to divert more than $1 million in furs, worth about $10 million in today, to the executives' business.
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