They posed as dummies at a Beales store in Worthing, Sussex, alongside the real models on display.As soon as staff had shut up shop , they browsed the stock at their leisure picking out what they wanted.
Sussex Police were baffled as to how the gang - who are still on the run - got in without setting off alarms at the upmarket store.The alarm only sounded when they left the building via a fire escape with thousands of pounds worth of gear.
Beales is fitted with a sophisticated alarm system of sensors that should detect movement, and would have 'spotted' the burglars had they tried to break in..,
The assistant, who asked not to be named, said:
“It was only triggered when they left the store - it was a very well-orchestrated crime"They must have secreted themselves and pretended to be mannequins."They probably dressed in clothes identical to those worn by the mannequins and stood there, not moving a muscle till the shop shut and everyone went home."They took oilskin jackets, high-end designer clothes and the like."It showed incredible nerve - the store is equipped from top to bottom with sensor alarms and cameras."They must have stood there with the mannequins not daring to move a muscle - imagine if they wanted to sneeze or had an itch they couldn't scratch!"