Mundane mayhem isn't usually our fancy until it involves an organized, $1 million crime ring of waiters and waitresses in New York City's best (more on that later) steakhouses or someone stealing Marc Jacobs's entire spring collection. Here's a roundup of this week's pricey thefts:
Steakhouse Mafia; $1 million: "More than two dozen current and former waiters and their associates from some of New York City's top steakhouses have been arrested for allegedly stealing credit card numbers from wealthy customers," reports NBC New York. Peter Luger fans, the omission from NBC's list (Smith and Wollensky, Capital Grille, and Wolfgang Steak) isn't a slight--you know Luger only takes cash, and this crime involved credit cards, American Express Black to be exact. NBC New York explains:
The alleged scam targeted customers who often paid with American Express Black cards and other high-limit credit cards, according to sources.
Law enforcement sources said some restaurant workers used handheld scanners to copy the credit card information as they walked away to process the bill. Later, that information would be sent to leaders of the alleged fraud ring, who would forge new credit cards with the stolen information and test them out on taxis.
If the cards worked, the suspects would go on major shopping sprees, buying up expensive goods like Chanel goods and Jimmy Choo shoes. The thieves would then re-sell the luxury brand items for cash.
Marc Jacobs's Spring Collection; $63,000: Marc Jacobs's Spring 2012 collection is missing. Gone. Stolen. Lost. And not like in the way that samples are sent out to fashion magazines only to be "delayed" or "being sent back shortly." This forced the designer to cancel his press day. The Wall Street Journal noted Jacobs's hasn't been the only designer ransacked by thieves, as designers Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane were raided in recent years. And they also mention a Donna Karan spokesperson who passed along condolences for the stolen collection and perhaps a bit of (unintended?) one-upmanship), "Omg JUST now saw.. AWFUL. We had about 60 pieces stolen last prefall too."
A Jewel Encrusted Poppy; $40,000 (estimated): It's tradition for Brits to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day, or 11/11/11 this year. Most Brits opt for the paper poppy, not one that's encrusted with rubies, 18 karat yellow gold and a cluster of black diamonds. "'The theft occurred at 7a.m. on Saturday during which a handbag containing a 'Garrard' ruby and diamond brooch was stolen at the Copthorne Tara Hotel," reports The Daily Mail. There's a £5,000 pound reward for, I guess, someone who spots whoever is wearing that really gaudy, expensive-looking poppy.