PALM BEACH, Florida – Worth Avenue on Palm Beach has been buzzing this week after a FBI raid. Investigators were back at the Danieli Gallery on Thursday after Wednesday’s raid.
Now there is talk of an armed robbery of high priced handbags at Only Authentics.
Palm Beach Police are currently investigating who committed a merchandise burglary of up to $ 1 million.
The owner of Only Authentics said the burglary happened on Tuesday evening.
The thieves stole as many as 16 Hermès handbags, some worth over $ 100,000 each.
Alex Piquero, a criminologist at the University of Miami, said it was likely the work of some type of organized criminal.
“It just shows you that they don’t care, and they have it so much that they have it down to the second. I have x seconds to get in. I have a car waiting for me in the street, and there’s probably another car two streets away where it’s going to be loaded, loaded, loaded, loaded, ”Piquero said.
What’s even more surprising is that the heist was apparently carried out just hours before FBI agents descended on Worth Avenue and closed the Danieli Gallery on Wednesday.
Agents from the Art Crime Team were still at the gallery for a second day on Thursday. They still don’t say what they’re investigating, but Palm Beach Police insist there is no connection to the robbery on the street.
Stolen handbags appear to be a highly prized commodity. Recently, similar cases have been reported crush burglaries across the country targeting the expensive bags.
Piquero said that even covert online sales of this type of merchandise may be the exact lead that leads police to thieves.