Crime & Justice

LAPD seeks thieves thick with makeup after $4.5M heist

LAPD Officers William Allen, left, and Guillermo Espinoza get into their patrol car after doing a foot patrol.
LAPD Officers William Allen, left, and Guillermo Espinoza get into their patrol car after doing a foot patrol.
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The LAPD said Thursday that it's investigating the theft of $4.5 million worth of eye shadow from a cosmetics warehouse in Devonshire. 

Between Jan. 28 and Jan. 30, an unidentified number of suspects cut through a warehouse roof storing cosmetics from Anastasia Beverly Hills, police said in a statement. In total, they stole more than 100,000 palettes of the company's "Modern Renaissance" eye shadow.

Detectives from the LAPD's Cargo-Hijack Unit, which is investigating, revealed the heist and has asked the public for help in solving the case, according to a statement. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills would not comment on the investigation.

The company originally launched as a brow product brand in 1998, according to a 2016 interview in Fashionista with Anastasia Soare, the company's founder. 

In the early 90s, Soare moved from Romania to LA, where she took a job as an aesthetician, she told the magazine. From there, she started her own salon and cosmetics business and gained a following.