A €500 REWARD is on offer to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the people who broke into a Marbella clothing store.
The incident took place at The Jeans Factory Outlet around 5.30am last Friday and around 600 pieces of clothing were stolen worth €45,000.
“My alarm company called me straight away,” said Dutch owner Roy Samshuyzen. At first Roy thought it might be a false alarm as was the case a few months ago.
“Looking at the camera system from home I could not see anything so I headed straight over, still in my pijamas.
When I arrived five minutes later there were around seven police cars already there with the alarm company.”
This would have given the three burglars less than three minutes after the alarm went off to make off with their bounty.
“Since the glass is 8mm thick, like that of a bank’s, the burglars must have rammed it with a truck with a metal bar on the front.” Although the glass was replaced that same afternoon, Roy estimates that it will take “between eight and nine weeks to recover the losses from the robbery.”
The Jeans Factory Outlet is located on the main road on the approeach to Marbella coming from Malaga direction, so Roy believes there is a “good possibility that someone saw something,” hence the reward offer.
Roy was surprised that the “gang ignored the expensive jeans including Ed Hardy, Tommy HiIlfinger and Guess and took around 35 pairs of Antony Morato jeans and pairs from his own brand that are sold exclusively in the store”.
Roy thinks this could be because the gang saw a security screen and cameras on the side of the shop were the more expensive items are kept, but the cameras cover the whole store.
CCTV footage clearly shows three men, one of them wearing a hood covering his face, grabbing as many clothes as they can.
Roy will be heading down to the various markets over the coming days to see if he can find any of the 600 pieces of clothes, which he says would have retailed at about €45,000.
“The frustrating thing is that since it will be on the black market they will only be sold for around €50 to €10 each. Roy is “fed-up” at the unfairness of the situation.
“We do everything by the book, do everything to protect yourself and then sh*t like this happens”.
“I am not worried about the robbery; the money or the damaged store front. All of these things can be taken care of through the insurance.
It is the future of Marbella and of the world I am worried about. I worry for my five-year-old son, what is the world going to be like when he grows up. What kinds of things will he have to deal with?”
Meanwhile, although Roy has never had his business broken into before, his Mercedes Benz car was stolen from outside the store last year.
He was “talking to two men inside the shop about buying a pair of jeans.”
One of them “slipped away and somehow he managed to get behind the store desk and take the car key off the ring”.
Photo credit: James Yeadon
By Nicole Hallett and Bethany Wright