'It could be the largest fur heist in New York' - Million-dollar fur raid at top Manhattan store
Thieves have stolen fur coats worth more than one million dollars (€956,725) from a top Madison Avenue store in Manhattan.
The theft happened on Christmas Eve after one of three suspects hurled a brick through the window of the Dennis Basso store just before 5am.
Mr Basso said they made off with several Russian sable coats, some of which were worth as much as $200,000 (€191,336).
Basso, whose clients include Paris and Nicky Hilton, said the thieves "knew what they were looking for".
"They broke down the door to my Madison Avenue store at 5am on Christmas Eve and took only the most expensive sable coats," Basso said.
The 62-year-old told the Daily Mail: "It could be the largest fur heist in the city of New York."
Store executive Achilleas Georgiades said he could not believe something like this happened in "civilised" Madison Avenue.
Surveillance video captured one of the thieves being struck on the head by a metal beam after climbing through the shattered window.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group said the theft served Mr Basso right for peddling fur.