Smash and grab at Guiltless pop-up

Fifteen designer handbags worth a total of about HK$1.44 million (US$184,000) have been stolen from the Guiltless pop-up store in Central.

Police say masked men smashed the display window of the online luxury bazaar’s pop-up, which opened on October 24 and is scheduled to close on Boxing Day.

Like many of the items the company carries, the stolen handbags – 14 Hermes and one YSL – were second-hand items.

The first-floor store in the Man Yee Building shopping centre in Central was fenced off as investigators gathered evidence.

“The display window was broken and the shop had been ransacked. A one-metre sledgehammer was found inside the store,” says a police spokeswoman.

About 6.30am yesterday, three masked men used a hammer to break the display window of the store. The raid took less than a minute. Two of the burglars were also wearing hats.

Another police source said the three perpetrators arrived in a white seven-seater driven by a fourth man.

A security guard discovered the damaged window and called police at 7.49am.

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