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HK shoplifter snaps up $130,000 alligator coat from Burberry

HONG KONG - A brazen shoplifter has helped himself to an alligator-leather coat worth nearly HK$1 million (US$130,000) from a flagship Burberry store in one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts, police said Friday.

The pricy trench coat was displayed on a mannequin, and staff at the British brand’s shop in Tsim Sha Tsui discovered it was missing after they closed for business on Wednesday.

"The person who reported the case discovered a leather jacket worth about HK$900,000 had disappeared. A review of the security cameras made staff believe it had been stolen," police said in a statement.

Police are looking for a strongly built male suspect aged between 30 and 40, it said.

The Tsim Sha Tsui area is particularly popular with wealthy Chinese tourists willing to pay eye-popping prices for Western brands.

The suspect is a Chinese man and walked out of the three-storey store unchallenged after removing the coat from the mannequin in the early evening of Wednesday, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.

Quoting a police source, the newspaper said some designer brands avoid placing security tags on their high-end products for fear of ruining their quality, relying instead on surveillance cameras and security personnel.

AFP


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