Fashion-wise burglars make off with $1 million in dresses
hese were thieves with a fashion sense.
They broke into the Holt Miami store in Dania Beach by smashing through the wall of an adjoining business, shutting down the alarm and disabling the security camera recording.
Then they headed straight for the expensive dresses — not the lower-priced ones and not the unfinished dresses sitting in boxes.
They loaded 4,000 to 5,000 dresses — up to $1 million worth — into a white box truck and took off, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
It was a Friday night, and no one found out until Monday. The thieves are still at large.
Holt Miami. operated by designer Elisea Holt, operates stores in Dania and Sunny Isles, selling what it calls luxury hand-painted dresses, as well as swimwear and other clothing. Dresses on its website sell for several hundred dollars.
Dania store manager Heather Perez told investigators she locked up the store, at 1917 Tigertail Blvd., about 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and set the alarm.
About 8:30 a.m. the following Monday, the manager of the adjacent U.S. Brick and Block found that someone had pried open his front door with two pry bars, which were left lying there.