NOTE: THIS STORY HAS BEEN CORRECTED
BRAZEN THIEVES broke windows at Diesel (1507 Walnut), a high-end clothing store, about 6 a.m. Monday and again yesterday morning, crawling in and making off with more than $30,000 worth of jeans and other merchandise.
Each time bricks were used to break the windows, and no employees were inside the store during the break-ins, which are believed to be connected. The store has given video-surveillance footage to police, we're told.
A Diesel store manager declined to comment yesterday morning on the burglaries. Yesterday eight sweatshirts priced at $4,200, 28 pairs of jeans totaling $5,200 and 10 winter coats costing $3,000 were taken, according to a police report filed by the store.
Smith didn't forget Barry Sable
Overbrook superstar Will Smith invited local real-estate investor Barry Sable to Tuesday's premiere of "I Am Legend," in New York. Sable, who knows Smith from Sable's days in the diamond business, is still friendly with Will and brother Harry, and caught up with his pals and Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Sable says, "Will always remembers his friends."
Wahlberg to party with Q102?
Mark Wahlberg was supposed to appear in studio with Q102's morning show yesterday, but called in instead. He has promised to turn up tomorrow morning and says he'll also attend and bring a bunch of toys to the station's charity party at Kildare's HeadHouse Square tomorrow night. Wahlberg's about to leave town as production's about to wrap on "The Lovely Bones."
Diamond Kuts on national tour
Power 99 DJ Diamond Kuts prerecorded her mixes being played while she's touring with Lil' Mama with Philly R&B sensation Chris Brown.
They play the Wachovia Center on Dec. 20. Diamond, 24, grew up as Tina Dunham, in West Oak Lane and in South Jersey, and graduated from Pennsauken High. Though female mixers are uncommon, she's persevered. "When you perfect your craft, people take notice of you. What I do is special," says Diamond. She hopes to start writing beats for artists.
Tamsen, Titus on reality show
"Matched in Manhattan," a reality show about former Center City personal trainer Matt Titus, premieres on Jan. 4 on Lifetime. Titus recently wed former CBS 3 reporter Tamsen Fadal, now with New York's WCBS-TV. Fadal's featured in the show about Titus and his partners' matchmaking service.
Helping animals for the holidays
* In other animal news, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society's now selling its 2008 calendar full of pro-photographed adorable and formerly adoptable animals. The calendars are $15 on sale at phillypaws.org.
* Also, South Jersey's Gail Kasper, recently crowned Miss Continental America 2007, has started Pawtographs.org. The foundation takes fancy pictures of your pets with proceeds benefiting animal rescues. Kasper's a speaker and life coach. Info: visitgailkasper.com.
A video to remember us by
You're reading our last column of 2007. We'll be back Jan. 2, and we'll also be posting periodically at PhillyGossip.com during our vacation. We leave you with a video clip, on Philly.com, of Your Humble Narrator learning how to "Stomp." Raymond Poitier, Michelle Smith, Justin Myles and Stephen Serwacki from the show came to the Daily News the other day to teach us the percussion of everyday objects. "Stomp" plays the Merriam Theatre Dec. 26 through Jan. 2.
Whatever you celebrate, enjoy it, and have a happy new year. *
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