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Yesterday morning, five of the Saks Fifth Avenue employees involved in the theft of customer credit card numbers and $400,000 worth of store merchandise were indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, including "ringleader" Tamara Williams, WWD reports. Also included in the report: photos of what the employees took.
Among the stolen items were quilted Chanel bags, studded Louboutins, rope Balmain heels, and an ocelot Céline bag, plus more shoes and bags by Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, YSL, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Givenchy.
The so-called bling ring was "obviously focused on high-value objects to receive high-value returns on the black market," Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. said at the conference.
"The identity-theft ring that has been working here would not have been possible without the help of insiders at Saks," he added. "Time after time, we have seen that insiders at companies enable theft to occur." The five employees indicted yesterday ranged in ages from 20 to 45.
The five employees were charged with 66 counts of grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, scheme to defraud, identity theft, attempted identity theft, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of personal identification information.
It'll be a happy ending for the stolen merchandise, however, all of which will be safely returned to Saks Fifth Avenue. Still no word on that Sofia Coppola screenplay.