A Waikato fashion store was deliberately targeted by thieves who nabbed more than $50,000 in designer clothes over Queens Birthday weekend, the owner believes.
Caroline Marr’s The Carpenter’s Daughter shop in Tirau, South Waikato, stocks boutique Kiwi designer labels, specialising in women’s clothes sized 12-24.
On Monday night, thieves broke through the front door and plundered over 270 garments, some retail for about $400 to $500 each.
They were taken in a “professional” style burglary, Marr believes.
“One of my staff members came in to open up the shop on Tuesday morning and saw a couple of white garments bags, the type we use to transport the garments, on the floor.
“She thought I had been in already but then she realised we’d been burgled and called police.”
It was likely whoever took the gear knew a bit about the fashion industry, Marr said.
They knew to use the garment bags to load the clothes out of the store.
“This wasn’t random.”
The thieves targeted specific labels including LaLa – Lost And Led Astray – Juna, Jason Lingard and Marr’s own label, The Carpenter’s Daughter.
“These aren’t cheap garments, they are boutique. They [the thieves] have hand picked what they wanted from my top labels.”
Police have examined the shop and at least one witness had come forward.
Marr said she was not insured but was hoping some of the garments would be returned.
She thought it would be likely the clothes would turn up at markets around the Waikato or even further afield.
She had even planned to attend Fieldays next week, in case the clothes turned up there for sale.
“These are not cheap garments, they are distinctive, they are new season garments.
“TradeMe has been made aware [of the burglary] and we would like people to be aware too.”
Marr, from Auckland, had been in fashion business for 28 years and opened the Tirau store about six years ago.
She said the burglary had come as a shock for her and staff.
“We’re really hoping that we get the garments back. I believe that when you offer something good, you get something good back.
“I also believe in karma and I hope ths comes back to bite them [thieves] big time.”