STICKY FINGERS: At this rate, Harper’s Bazaar’s fashion closet will soon be the victim of a daring daylight robbery. The week after both Vogue and WWD’s sibling W admitted their closets suffered from staff-related “losses,” a thief snuck into Nylon’s offices overnight on Thursday and raided the racks.

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Fifteen pieces set aside for a Miami fashion shoot featuring clothes by Prada and Chanel were stolen. “Whoever it was, they obviously had very good taste,” said fashion director Michael Carl. “They systematically went through and picked out the nicest clothes.”

The clothes were quickly discovered missing Friday morning, although there were no signs of forced entry. “The alarm company said somebody definitely came in,” Carl said, but not because that somebody set it off. In fact, the alarm was disabled for about 45 minutes between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., suggesting the thief had prior access to the office. Nylon staff promptly called the police, who confiscated the stolen items’ hangers and promised to dust for fingerprints.

Staffers suspect it had to be a current or relatively recent former employee, someone who kept a set of keys and memorized the alarm code. “I wouldn’t venture to guess who it is,” said Carl. “Hopefully there will be fingerprints, and we can figure out who it is.”