By Sabina Mollot
Police are on the lookout for two thieves with expensive taste who stole 11 bags from the Flatiron Coach store.
On January 23 at around 12:30 p.m., one of the men strolled into the shop at 79 Fifth Avenue and 16th Street and took the purses, which together were valued at $3,000, from a display. He then fled the store and handed the goods to another man who’d been waiting outside.
Police didn’t have descriptions of the suspects but three fuzzy surveillance photos show men of slim build who were wearing dark hats and dark jackets.
The men may have been involved in other incidents, as a tweet from the 13th Precinct pointed out that they are wanted for larcenies at high-end stores where one man does the swiping while the other holds the door open.
Kate Spade (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
At least he had good taste.
Police have arrested a man they believe broke into multiple high-end boutiques in Manhattan to steal pricey handbags, including at the Kate Spade store in Flatiron.
Jessie Brandon, 52, was arrested for burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property on November 7 after he allegedly stole more than $75,000 worth of merchandise.
Brandon allegedly broke into the Kate Spade location at 135 Fifth Avenue on Sunday, October 15 around 2:20 a.m. when the store was closed. Police said he pulled on the door, breaking it, before entering and helping himself to seven handbags, as well as a pair of shoes. Police said Brandon admitted that the person on surveillance video who could be seen removing items from the store was him. An employee told police that the value of the stolen merchandise was $1,700.