2 involved in theft of Saks purses arrested
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested two of three men who, they said, stole several high-end purses at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Dadeland Mall, one of whom committed the robbery dressed as a woman.
Authorities said 23-year-old Jerrell McDaniels and 20-year-old Javonte Barnes were arrested Wednesday on unrelated charges, hours after they had fled the department store on a blue Dodge Charger.
According to Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby, police approached their vehicle outside Westland Mall. When the subjects spotted the officers, they fled on foot and tried to hide. Police caught up with the suspects and took them into custody.
Zogby said the officers found an MDMA pill on McDaniels. The subjects were charged with grand theft, fleeing from police and possession of a minor amount of narcotics.
McDaniels, who chooses to wear women's wigs, clutched his knuckles as he appeared before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge William Thomas at his bond hearing Thursday.
Investigators said McDaniels, Barnes and a third man went to the Saks Fifth Avenue store just after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Surveillance video captured McDaniels quickly grabbing several bags and ducking out of view. "They grabbed armfuls full of designer handbags and ran out of the store," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard.
Security footage shows a delivery man chasing after the suspects, but the trio managed to run away. One of the men had his hands full and kicked the store's front glass door, causing it to shatter.
Police said the subjects grabbed six Louis Vuitton purses and a Chloe purse from the shelves. Their loot was worth an estimated $5,000.
The subjects had originally been described as two men and a woman, but McDaniels was wearing a long wig and fake eyelashes. The third suspect remains at large.
Dadeland Mall customer Sonja Weisz said she was unimpressed with the robbery, or their taste in handbags. "Shame on them," she said. "I love other designers more than I do Louis Vuitton."
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the third suspect, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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