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This was breaking news this morning. Most will remember the retrospective of the awesome Dittrich Furs commercials I posted a while back. They have two stores, one in Detroit and the other in Birmingham (northern suburbs). Anyway, this is not such a happy post, there was an attempted break in last night at the Detroit store, around 3:30am Tuesday morning.


Here is the report from Fox 2 News;

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A few years back they had a major theft. Someone drove a van through a plate glass window and cleaned the place out. They now have a new design to protect the store windows. Guess they will have to re-think it. Too bad.


They are a great furrier BTW. One of the best around.



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Wallee - Thank you for the help, I will use that technique next time.


Minkme - No update from here yet. The Detroit News wrote a snipet on their site, referencing the Fox 2 News cast. How is that for lazy?

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Thanks Worker!


I wonder how much the truck rental cost these guys? $2 stolen cash won't cover it, but maybe fencing some of the coats will. Makes me made either way. Another bad news story out of Detroit, as if the city needs more.


On the bright side, the snow is coming down here and it looks pretty.

Very much fur coat weather these last few days.

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Great shots of the interior of the store in the second video. Reminded me of my visit there several years ago -- It was packed with furs then too. Very unfortunate situation -- But I admire Hal's determination to "stay put". He's in a good location -- Not too far from museums and other cultural facilities.

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I presume he owns his store?


That's one of the big differences in Portland with Ungar and Schumacher.


Schumacher Leased and Horst owns his store.





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just be careful all what you'll buy on Ebay.

You would not want to be a receiver of stolen goods...

I'm sre though that the tags will be replaced.

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According to the way I interpret the story, the thieves didn't get away with much.


They took $2.00 in cash and "some number" of furs but it doesn't look like many.


The crooks came with a stolen rental truck so it looks like they were trying to clean out the store. But they fled and left the truck behind, only taking what they could carry.


Assuming there were two or three people in on the caper, they could have only stolen a few coats. Maybe a dozen at most.


How many fur coats can YOU carry and still be able to run away?


When I was a kid and my Dad owned his business, he used to leave the till open with $2.00 in the drawer when he closed up at night. The idea was that, if somebody broke in they wouldn't smash up the place trying to find money. They'd just take what cash they could find and run.


I'm going to guess that's where the thieves got their $2.00.


The way I see it, this was pretty much a botched job!


It probably took them longer to break in than they expected and they probably disabled the stolen truck in the process. They probably set off some alarms too. So, to make up for lost time, they must have slipped in through the hole in the wall and grabbed what they could and ran away before the cops came.


I bet they only got away with a few thousand dollars worth of furs.

They did more damage to the building than anything else!


This sounds more like a caper by the "Apple Dumpling Gang" than a "professional job!"

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Speculating from what Worker wrote:

If there were 3 thieves and each could carry 5 coats. Also assuming they were not knowledgeable enough to go for the high end furs. And guessing the average wholesale value of the stolen garments was about $1500 - they got about $22,502. Not much considering that if caught they will probably get 10 - 20 years in prison.

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Divide the take up 3 ways and you get $7500.66 each.


Fencing the goods will probably net them half that value, leaving a grand profit of $3750.33 each.


Assumig their lawyers can get them off with only 10 years in the slammer, including time-off for good behavior, that leaves a grand profit of $375.03 PER YEAR!


Do the math and break this down in terms of wages. (Dollars per hour.)

For their labors, they have earned the princely sum of:


$0.0042 per HOUR!


What a bunch of f***ing chumps!

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Fur thieves drive through Short Hills door


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


MILLBURN, N.J. (AP) -- An elaborate scheme to steal fur coats from an upscale mall did plenty of damage, but it doesn't look as if the thieves got away with anything.


Police say men backed a Dodge sedan that had been reported stolen from Elizabeth through the plate glass doors of Bloomingdale's in the upscale Short Hills Mall around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.


They managed to get two racks of fur coats into the store parking lot and left another inside before the four men drove off in an SUV.


Their theft plan ran into a couple of problems. For one, the furs were locked to the racks, making them much harder to take.


And Millburn Police Capt. David Barber said after they crashed through the door, the suspects left the car where it was -- blocking the exit and making it tougher to get the coats out.


Police on Wednesday were using surveillance footage from store to try to find the suspects.

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  • 3 weeks later...
  • 5 months later...


Dittrich has been hit yet again.


“The alarm went off, police showed up quickly as usual.”


The thieves made off with thousands of dollars in expensive fur coats.


The cops must have not shown up too quickly . . . (Maybe they had to finish their donuts first . . .)


Wonder how many drugs those coats will buy . . . ?


Jason, I have a couple of suggestions for your store security. Guards armed with AK-47's, and/or very hungry, ill-tempered pit bulls . . . Put a small sign on each side of your building warning the low-lifes - the bottom suckers of the food chain - that they will wind up either dead or critically mangled if they attempt to rob the store again.

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Jason, I have a couple of suggestions for your store security. Guards armed with AK-47's


You're too generous! A 12 guage pump shotgun is more like it!

With an 8-shot extended magazine. Alternate loads between "strung buck" and "buck and ball." If the strung buck misses, the buck and ball will get them. In either case, they'll be reduced to a pile of raw meat!

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This is just unbelievable! This furrier is one of the most respected in the fur world. They do a wonderful job. I feel bad for them.


They have two locations. This one is probably the downtown store.



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N.B.: The law considers it homicide to kill a thief or burglar merely to protect one's merchandise, no matter how expensive. It also is illegal to set-up any security system-- such as a deadly mechanical contraption, or a room full of trained killer shrews-- that would be intended to accomplish what the owner in person would not legally be allowed to do himself. F.Y.I.



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Well, the idea was not to advocate that anybody ACTUALLY do something like that. It was more of a way to express frustration at the situation by proposing HYPOTHETICAL nasty things one might do to a burglar who tried to rob the store again.


A Modest Proposal, if you will.


...such as a deadly mechanical contraption, or a room full of trained killer shrews...


Hmmm... Killer shrews!...

An interesting way to protect a fur store!

It's got a certain ironic twist to it!

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I love that hourly figure! Those chumps...


Why not just have underground vaults? Or an alarm system that deploys odorless knockout gas that doesn't damage the furs?


The "drive-the-truck" smash and grab job is so cliche. Wasn't it famously done a few years ago? I'm surprised that Bloomingdales had their furs locked to the racks instead of put into a vault overnight.

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