Caught On Camera: Alleged ‘Bridal Gown Bandit’ Seen Walking Away After Brazen Theft
FANWOOD, N. J. (CBSNewYork) — A woman at a New Jersey bridal shop got her dress for a steal — literally.
The alleged runaway bride was caught on camera taking off from the Seng Couture Dress Shop with a hoisted dress and a toddler in tow.
“I don’t know what I’d call her…a thief I guess,” Mary Cosgriff told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.
The bridal gown bandit and her young sidekick took off fast from the Fanwood, New Jersey dress shop two weeks ago.
Store owner Sanh Truong said the stolen dress had a hefty price tag.
“It was one of the most expensive in our store — retail for almost $5,000,” he said.
The theft started with a party of eight phony customers acting as decoys, trying on gowns in a fitting room. While store workers helped group, the thief took off out the front door and down the street past a surveillance camera.
The owners of the store believe that the woman is training the little girl to follow in her footsteps.
“I really feel so bad for the kid, they trained the kid to be this way,” said Chamron Seng.
Police said the surveillance footage is the best they have ever seen and are working on identifying the woman and the child.
Neighbors can’t believe what happened.
“It’s kind of crazy actually to be honest,” said Plainfield resident Carl Michaud.
The store is insured for the loss of the dress, but the owners told CBS 2 that they want the thief caught before she strikes again.
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