Over $700K in expensive clothes stolen from Dania Beach store

DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida business has been left reeling after someone stole thousands of dollars in merchandise.

Holt Miami specializes in sparkly, hand-painted dresses, which are made in-house, and they want to catch the thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of them.

Officials said a crew of thieves broke into the Dania Beach location near Tigertail Boulevard and Anglers Avenue on Sept. 16.

“Everything is hand-painted, so it takes time to produce all this. It’s all one-of-a-kind,” said the store’s manager, who did not want to show her face. “They took gowns, dresses, jewelry, custom-made purses.”

The thieves made their way into the business by crawling through a hole in an adjoining business. They ripped out the alarm system and surveillance cameras inside before taking 4,500 dresses.

“I have no idea why they would want such a high volume of custom dresses,” the manager said. “I mean, they’re stunning, but I don’t know what they’re going to do with them or where they could sell them.”

Surveillance cameras outside captured a white box truck speeding through the parking lot just off of Interstate 95 and Sterling Road several times in the early morning hours on Sunday.

The manager said she hopes that someone will spot the distinctive Holt tag inside of the stolen dresses.

In the meantime, the staff has been working overtime to get orders out with a diminished supply. “It’s very sad that somebody would go to this level and do something like this,” the manager said, “but I guess, I do believe in karma.”

The manager said that with all the merchandise taken, it totals a little over $1 million.

If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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