Thieves target luxury handbag store for second time in two months
A vintage luxury goods store in Auckland’s CBD was burgled overnight in a smash-and-grab robbery – just weeks after a brazen daytime heist in which thieves ransacked the same store and threatened staff with hammers.
The glass shopfront at Lavish Luxury on High St was smashed around 10pm last night and a group of people ran in, grabbing luxury goods before fleeing.
Police later found their vehicle abandoned.
Photos from the scene show a sheet of smashed glass on the footpath and Louis Vuitton goods scattered across the shop floor.
A video taken from the outside of the shop showed one of the group running toward the elderly shopper, who could be seen ducking down and putting her shopping bag on top of her head to shield herself from the masked attacker.
The shop’s floor was left covered in a carpet of glass after the group smashed cabinets and glass displays to steal around 30 Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dior handbags.
Workers in the shop and innocent bystanders were reportedly traumatised by the incident.