Paddington AU Feb 26 2017 A woman has been charged after allegedly being caught posing as a security guard to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of designer clothing from the Camilla Franks sale in Paddington yesterday.
The 43-year-old woman, wearing a Camilla maxi dress, was pictured being led away from the popular sale by police officers at Paddington Town Hall before being put into a police van yesterday.
She was later charged with shoplifting and carrying on security activity without a licence.
Police allege the woman told staff she was employed to conduct “covert loss prevention duties”.
But staff noticed her allegedly leaving the Oxford St shop a number of times, before seeing her allegedly place clothes in plastic bags about 3pm.
Staff called police and the woman was arrested. Police allege they found 17 items of clothing, worth several thousand dollars.
More than 1000 people had queued from as early as 2.30am to buy a Camilla outfit at the sale at the Paddington Town Hall.
Among them, Susan Bonaccorso said she had waited three hours to buy fashion items discounted at up to 60 per cent.
“My friend got there about 6am and I joined her about an hour later,” the Strathfield resident said.
“I bought a few things because they’re comfortable and convenient.”
Camilla spokeswoman Ally Pullinger said they would extend trading hours this weekend due to an “unprecedented response” to the sale.
“It’s our first warehouse sale since May 2014,” she said.
“We’ve extended our hours to 10am to 7pm both Saturday and Sunday.
“We’ll have new stock to make sure everyone gets a go.
“It’s hard to say how many people came through the door ... upwards of 1000,” she said.
It includes samples, seconds and archived pieces by designer Camilla Franks.
In 2004, the 40-year-old opened her first boutique in Bondi Beach and her clothing empire is now recognised internationally.
Even Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé Knowles are fans of her bright silk kaftans with crystal detailing.