Louis Vuitton heist in San Francisco pulled off with clever story

Posted at 9:26 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 12:26:28-05

(KGTV) - Authorities are searching for the thief who used a clever story to pull off an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style heist involving Louis Vuitton merchandise.

KGO-TV, citing a source with knowledge of the case, reported a mystery person made a call to a UPS office that ships for the Louis Vuitton store in Union Square and asked that deliveries be stopped because the store’s basement was flooded.

The caller, who claimed to be from the Louis Vuitton store, told UPS that someone would pick up the store’s deliveries instead.

Over the next few days, a driver picked up the merchandise from the UPS store and disappeared with the goods.

KGO reported:

“By the end of the week, the store asked why its deliveries had stopped. UPS said it was because of the flooding. But in fact, the basement was dry. And the store knew nothing about the pickups.”

Former FBI agent Rick Smith told KGO that UPS should have checked the credentials of the driver who picked up the shipments.

Smith said he believes the stolen Louis Vuitton goods are now most likely being sold on the black market.

“You have to give them some credit for an ingenious idea,” Smith told KGO.