By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a man believed to be responsible for a number of thefts from high-end designer stores in the Flatiron area since January. Kevin Gonzalez, 36, has been charged with grand larceny and petit larceny in connection with four thefts from the Coach store at 79 Fifth Avenue and the Michael Kors store at 133 Fifth Avenue.
According to the district attorney’s office, Gonzalez entered the Coach store on January 22 around 1:35 p.m. and stole several items from the store, including three purses. Representatives for the store told the DA’s office that the merchandise was valued at $1,080.
The next day, Gonzalez allegedly returned to the store and swiped three purses, in addition to other items, which were valued at a total of $2,315.
On February 9, Gonzalez entered the Michael Kors store at around noon and allegedly took three purses and other items, valued at $894. Gonzalez could be seen on video surveillance removing merchandise from the store, according to the DA’s office.
Police said that Gonzalez also took a number of items from that Michael Kors store on February 6. No further information was available about the total value of the items stolen in this incident but police said that he was charged with grand larceny for this theft, meaning the value of the merchandise was over $1,000.
Police previously reported that suspects were wanted for thefts at both the Michael Kors and Coach Flatiron stores in multiple incidents in January and February, but DCPI could not confirm that Gonzalez was connected with this pattern.
T&V reported last month that two men were wanted for swiping 11 purses worth $3,000 from the Coach store in January and two other suspects who stole multiple bags from the Michael Kors location throughout January and February.
Gonzalez was charged with grand larceny and petit larceny at the 13th precinct on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 28. An attorney for Gonzalez did not respond to a request for comment.