On Sunday March 16 her shop was the target of a brazen thief and his accomplice, who made off with wallets stolen from the handbags of staff.
Karen said a man and a woman approached the store and while the woman waited near the entrance, the man went to the back office.
‘He casually wandered around the back room looking through drawers in my desk,’ she said.
‘Finding nothing, he walked back towards the door and then spotted the lockers and then you see him rifling through the ladies’ bags.’
‘There was absolutely no panic ” he knew what he was doing.’
Karen said what really struck her was the action the thief took before he left with the wallets.
‘Before leaving, he turned and asked one of the staff for a business card as he was interested in the artists’ canvases,’ she said.
‘It was very brazen, very calculated.’
Karen and her staff said they wanted to show how these issues affected them.
‘It’s the sentimental things in your purse that can’t be replaced and it’s the feeling of being violated, knowing they know your personal details,’ she said.
The incident was captured on the store’s CCTV system.
Mandurah Police confirmed they had received CCTV footage and were investigating the matter.