Cops: 4 arrested for stealing $90,000 worth of handbags from East Hampton store


New Jersey thieves stole more than $90,000 in handbags from East Hampton Balenciaga boutique before fleeing in an SUV after chasing police, breaking down on the freeway and being caught after a chase on foot, according to state police.

The robbery took place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the store, 54 Newtown Lane, when “a number of subjects entered the store and stole numerous handbags worth approximately $90,000 and fled in a black Dodge Durango,” state police said. said in a press release.

Following a report of theft, an East Hampton Village cop tried in vain to stop the vehicle, the driver of which did not comply. Next, a state trooper saw the Durango on the Sunrise Freeway near Exit 63, “but the driver again failed to comply and drove off. The Durango entered the Long Island Freeway and became disabled near the 69 exit ramp, and occupants attempted to flee the scene,” the statement read.

Four people were eventually arrested: Baseemah Davis, 34; Ali Harris, 28; Jamal Johns, 25; and Wazir Rodgers, 24 – all from Newark. “Numerous purses were recovered from the locations identified as being from the East Hampton robbery,” the statement said. He did not specify how the four allegedly stole the bags.

The four were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and robbery, with separate indictments in the Village and Suffolk County Courts. Further arraignment information was not immediately available. It was unclear whether the four had retained attorneys.

A man who answered the phone at the Balenciaga store identified himself as the manager but declined to give his name or discuss the theft.

Balenciaga is a Paris-based high-end fashion brand whose bags can cost thousands of dollars. One, the large trapezoid-shaped Neo Classic women’s handbag in black — made in Italy from grained calfskin with matte black hardware — retails for $3,350.

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