LONDON — The head of a luxury cosmetics store in London has described the theft of hundreds of expensive, high-end cosmetics, a move he said could amount to a “worldwide pandemic.”
The store owner of Toribelle Cosmetics, which specializes in deep-sea cosmetics, said he was shocked and “deeply saddened” when he learned of the stolen goods on Friday.
He said the shop was forced to temporarily close, and is in the process of contacting the police to investigate.
The owner, who has not been identified, said the store’s stock had been frozen and its inventory was also subject to a temporary suspension.
He did not elaborate on what, if any, penalties might be imposed.
The store is located in the fashionable Knightsbridge neighborhood of central London, close to the Royal Navy, where many wealthy families are staying.
The stolen goods were all valued at $150 million ($185 million), the shop owner said.
The thief stole a large number of the products, which were used to create a line of luxury items that were sold in the United Kingdom.
He claimed to have found them in a garage.
Toribelle’s owner said the stolen cosmetics were made for celebrities, including Madonna and Britney Spears.
He said he believes the stolen items were made by the same thief who stole thousands of expensive items from his store in July.
The shop is located next door to a luxury department store, but the shop’s owner did not give the name of the store, saying he did not want to embarrass the thieves.
The thief who was captured on CCTV leaving the premises, but not before a woman was arrested and charged with burglary, is being questioned by police, the shopkeeper said.
The shopping center is popular with British and European tourists, who frequent the area.
The store sells about 1,000 products.