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Corsets tied to costume caper

first_imgORANGE – Thieves have twice raided an Orange County store that specializes in corsets and other costumes, making off with an estimated $44,000 in exotic outfits. Jeanette Zinkan, a 69-year-old great grandmother who goes by the name “Miss Antoinette,” owns Versatile Fashions, which does most of its business online. Zinkan designs most of the store’s merchandise herself, and wears much of it too. In June, police say thieves used a master key to get into the business next to Zinkan’s then sawed through the wall and took what she estimated as $15,000 worth of merchandise. Then last month, the business’s back door was pried open, and this time $29,000 in corsets and costumes were snatched. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“They took the guts out of me when they took my entire showcase. That’s more than 30 years of work,” said Zinkan, who opened the store in 1976. The thieves took a pair of gowns Zinkan wore to the Sex Maniacs Ball, an erotic awards show in London, where Zinkan played a queen to Hugh Hefner’s king. “When I saw my gowns taken, my eyes bulged out,” Zinkan said. Zinkan’s corsets have been worn by Madonna and model and burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, and appeared in the movie “Moulin Rouge.” Police hoped the unusual nature of the booty would help them locate the culprits. “This kind of product is not something that you’re going to see every day, especially in this quantity” police Sgt. David Hill told KNBC-TV. “So if somebody were to see someone trying to sell these items out of the back of the car or at a flea market, we need to hear about it.” Zinkan, who lives in Huntington Beach Harbour, said she plans to move the business because of the burglaries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more