MANHATTAN – A team of crooks storm a high-end Upper East Side store and walk out with thousands in stolen merchandise– it’s a disturbing trend that’s happened again. The latest heist on Madison Avenue netted crooks a nearly half a million dollar in luxury items from The Real Real, according to investigators.
The NYPD says a crew of seven thieves barged in the luxury consignment store— located on Madison Avenue near East 71st Street— just as the store was closing last Sunday at 6:00 pm, grabbing everything from handbags to jewelry and watches, getting away with the loot from The Real Real worth $498,000.
Detectives released surveillance images of two of the suspects wanted in the theft– both men are masked and wearing hoodies, one man’s bears a skull and crossbones, while other’s has a camouflage pattern and is worn under a navy blue bubble coat.
We’re also getting a look at the the white four door sedan that police say was used as a getaway car by some of the suspects. Based on the tail light and bumper design, the car appears to be a 2016-2019 Nissan Sentra.
The heist at The Real Real on February 20th is the latest in series of break-ins and thefts from high-end stores on the Upper East Side that have become the target of thieves over recent months.
Last November, crooks smashed their way into into Givenchy store on Madison Avenue at East 65th Street in the middle of the night to pilfer pricey purses worth more than $79,000.
Eight days later, the TUMI store on Madison between East 82nd and 83rd Streets was struck.
If you have any information regarding the grand larceny at The Real Real or any of the thefts, you’re asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.