A Burnley saleswoman has been left devastated after “scumbag” raiders stole bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses worth £50,000.
Lisa Hudson (45), who works for bridal company Romantica of Devon, was woken at 4am today (Thursday) by thieves who escaped with 50 wedding dresses and 25 bridesmaid outfits.
The new season sample garments, all size 10, had been kept in sales manager Lisa’s van overnight at her home in Lansdowne Close.
The callous thieves pulled up in a white Vauxhall Vivaro van before loading up the dresses and speeding off.
The incident comes a week before Lisa was due to showcase the gowns at a top trade fair in Harrogate, the biggest in the bridal calendar and two weeks after one of Lisa’s bosses at the firm died.
She said the incident had been extremely upsetting and is desperate to trace the gowns before the trade fair.
She believes the raiders will now target bridal outlets to try to sell on the dresses quickly. The wedding dresses normally retail from £800 each while the bridesmaid dresses sell in the shops for around £200 each.
“The trade show next week is the biggest event in the calendar, they are scum.
“One of my bosses died two weeks ago and now this. It’s devastating,” said Lisa.
“It’s caused complete upheaval. We’ll still go to the trade fair but we needed these dresses. It’s disgusting. These people don’t think how far their actions go and how upsetting it can be. They are lowlifes. We have reported the incident to the police.”
Lisa has also put out an appeal on Facebook in a bid to locate the gowns.
“They will be difficult to sell on as they are all size 10 model samples. My guess would be they will try to sell them to bridal outlet places.
“I don’t imagine they will have a lot of luck on eBay, wedding dresses don’t really sell that well on eBay, people like the personal touch.
“I don’t think they’ll be able to offload the bridesmaid dresses as they are all different styles.”
All the stolen dresses were in distinctive blue branded Romantica of Devon garment bags or silver grey branded Olivia Grace bags.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact police on 101.