Man Accused of Hawking “Lipstick Jungle” Clothing

NEW YORK  — A stage manager in Brooklyn has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of designer bags and clothing from the high-fashion wardrobe of the NBC show "Lipstick Jungle" and trying to sell them on eBay.

Arthur Moreira, 27, was arrested Friday after investigators posing as buyers found some of the missing costumes at his apartment.

The haul included 16 coats, bags and suits by Prada, Gucci, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana, with an estimated value of $30,000.

A spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney's office said prosecutors began investigating the thefts after an employee of Paris fashion designer Sylvia Toledano saw a handbag that had been loaned to the show for sale on the Internet.

NBC had previously assumed the bag had been lost sometime during production.

An undercover investigator bought the crystal-encrusted Toledano clutch for $500, then arranged to buy a Burberry coat for $1,400. The two items usually sell for much more, but prosecutors said Moreira explained he could let them go for less because "they fell off the back of a truck."

Moreira worked for a storage and production facility in Brooklyn that was involved in the show, which stars Brooke Shields.

Moreira was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday. It was unclear whether he had an attorney. 

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