Man charged following Tom Davies store break-in
Hundreds of frames were stolen from the eyewear designer’s Sloane Square location, including six frames designed for Disney’s Cruella film
A man has been charged with burglary following a break-in at eyewear designer Tom Davies’ Sloane Square site on 9 June.
CCTV showed two masked men break into the store at 2am on 9 June and take hundreds of pairs of Tom Davies glasses, valued at around £500,000, including six frames designed for Disney’s Cruella film which were due to be auctioned for charity.
Davies released the CCTV footage of the incident and put posters up around London appealing for the return of the glasses.
The posters stated: “The thieves probably didn't know they had also stolen glasses recently made for the film Cruella, which were due to be auctioned off for charity. These distinctive frames have a far bigger value at a charity auction than to the criminals who vandalised our store and will struggle to sell them.”
The company has asked anyone who is offered any of these frames, or has any information to get in touch or let local police know, and offered to swap any returned Cruella frames for a pair of Tom Davies sunglasses, adding: “Unless you’re one of the thieves, in which case we will happily hand you over to the authorities.”
Responding to the news that a man had been charged, Davies said: “We’re hugely grateful to the police for acting so swiftly.
“The incident was horrible for me and my staff, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of people all around the world who’ve heard this story.”
Expressing his thanks for the “tremendous support” the company has received, Davies shared: “We’ve been inundated with messages of goodwill from friends and complete strangers – one lovely elderly lady in a care home even sent us a £10 note to help compensate for our loss.”
Hundreds of pairs of glasses are still missing, however, with Davies adding: “Hopefully the sequel to this story will be a happy one.”
The company has encouraged anyone with information to contact them online, or send an email.