Who wouldn't covet the incredible designer wares that Kim Raver, Brooke Shields and Lindsay Price strut around Manhattan on Lipstick Jungle?
A stage manager from NBC's style-driven drama must have figured he could cash a bonus check courtesy of the fashionistas' fashions while he awaited the show's (likely negative) fate.
Only, that bonus check wasn't simply handed to 27-year-old Arthur Moreira.
He's been charged with stealing nearly $30,000 worth of wardrobe, according to the Brooklyn district attorney's office. The crew member was arrested in his apartment Friday after police purchased some of the stolen fashions from him on eBay.
Eyebrows were first raised when employees of French designer Sylvia Toledano were trolling through the auction website and spotted a limited-edition clutch they lent to the show. They immediately tipped off the authorities.
In total, 16 items—including couture creations by Gucci, Prada, Oscar de la Renta and Burberry—were taken from Broadway Ventures, which owns the Jungle storage facilities. Ads for the auctions, which offered several of the items for less than their retail price, described the glam goods as having fallen off the back of a truck.
Moreira is being held in Brooklyn pending arraignment.
Lipstick ladies, on the other hand, are still holding on to final threads of hope, pending NBC's official cancellation announcement.