A burglar is believed to have targeted an Oxfam charity shop for its designer gear in the UK’s richest borough of Kensington and Chelsea – close to the homes of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. It emerged today that the thief apparently managed to escape on August 7 with around £300 worth of gear – in a store which has been known to stock expensive items by signature brands such as Gucci and Jimmy Choo.
Members of the royal family are understood to have donated unwanted items to the shop on Gloucester Road in the past – but there is no indication that anything they might have given in the past was taken. The thief apparently managed to gain access to the premises with little effort after picking up a set of keys left with the coffee shop opposite. He is said to have claimed to them he was an Oxfam volunteer who had come to collect the keys. Read More Read More He reportedly let himself into the shop on Gloucester Road an hour before it opened at 10am before loading the stolen goods onto a van parked outside. A source cited by The Sun said: “There is so much money around here that people would take in Gucci clothes. “Royals like Princess Michael of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester have even apparently donated items. “Everyone locally knows they leave the key nearby as they have so many volunteers in on different days “But this is a scandalous way for Oxfam to treat their security,” the source said. The shop is near Kensington Palace, home to Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle
An Oxfam statement said: “A small number of items were stolen from the Gloucester Road shop in a burglary last month. “These donations could have helped raise money for Oxfam’s life-changing work fighting poverty around the world. We are working with the police in their investigation.” Police said no arrests have been made and have asked for anyone with information to contact police on 101.