Model’s designer handbag and shoe collection targeted in ‘movie style’ heist
A black Chanel handbag worth nearly £5,000 was among the designer bags and shoes stolen in a Hollywood-style heist at the home of model Germaine Love.
A police investigation is ongoing but Germaine, a model, property developer and bar owner in Middlesbrough, has put up a reward for information leading to their conviction.
She said: "The burglary is something you see out of a movie like a heist, like I was some sort of Hatton Garden jeweller or something."
"I checked my CCTV and all looked good from the outside but obviously I had no cameras on the roof," said Germaine.
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"They took a black Chanel handbag worth £4,750, ruined my wardrobes, I haven’t been billed yet for the building damage but I need a new carpet too," she said, adding: "They smashed my spotlights and plastering"
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She continued: "My clothes that were ripped out of my wardrobe were covered in moss and slime from the roof and [there was] plaster all over.
"My mum just bagged them all up and threw everything out."
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"My old dog Buster was petrified to go upstairs and is now scared of loud noises, he has panic attacks in the house – for a boisterous super friendly Westie, it is heartbreaking to see.
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Germaine, who lives alone, said she believes the thieves must have been watching the house: "I don’t have a routine, I’m into property and I have a bar so one minute I can be rushing out to a tenant or dealing with some other issue," she said.
"They must have seen I was working in the bar that night on my social media or something and picked their time to pounce.
"My mum came over to let the dogs out roughly an hour before so we don’t even know if they were on the roof taking the tiles off while she was there which makes me sick," she said.
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Germaine's neighbours in the Middlesborough suburb of Marton spotted something strange going on at the house and went to investigate.
But the wily thieves waited until the neighbours were at the front of the house and then jumped off the roof and ran off down the gardens at the back.
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"The police are shocked at the sight,” Germaine said, “and have commented it’s someone who has been in my home and known exactly where I keep my valuables and have known that I keep that door locked.
"This is something you see in a commercial robbery."
Germaine felt so strongly about the violation on her home that she has stumped up a £5,000 cash reward for anyone who can provide evidence to help catch those responsible.
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But after learning about the raid in local press, a number of fellow entrepreneurs have come forward and offered to chip in with the reward.
Germaine said: "A lot of local businesses have contacted me and are offering to raise the reward which is fab!"
Cleveland Police is investigating the incident. A spokesman said: "We were informed of the incident and officers are investigating, inquiries are ongoing.
"Anyone with information can contact us on the 101 number quoting reference 192623."
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