Man arrested in New York purse robbery

A team of five thieves entered a Soho store during office hours and smashed storefronts with a hammer before allegedly seizing $24,700 worth of designer handbags, authorities said.

Police are pursuing one of the suspected thieves – Ricardo Forde, 25 – after Thursday’s daytime robbery at Rebag NYC, an upscale designer resale boutique at 390 West Broadway.

Surveillance video showed the crew entered the store at around 4:50 p.m., then smashed the windows by swinging on them, according to a criminal complaint.

A hammer was used to smash the glass, according to a prosecutor.

Employees and shoppers fled to the back of the store during the chilling scene.

A witness called 911, saying the thieves were seen leaving the store and getting into a black 2020 Jeep Wrangler with Forde allegedly driving, authorities said in the criminal complaint.

When an NYPD detective saw the car and attempted to stop it, Forde allegedly began driving against the grain on West Broadway. The car rammed into another car and then into the detective’s vehicle, injuring another officer inside, according to the complaint.

The detective saw several people fleeing the Jeep, leaving the purses inside. Forde was arrested by police while running north on Sullivan Street, according to the court document.

He was charged with robbery, grand larceny, assault and reckless driving, among other counts.

Forde was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday, where bail was set at $25,000.

The theft was one of several recent ones from resale stores that sell second-hand luxury items.

This isn’t the first time the Rebag NYC store has been hit: looters seized $375,000 worth of merchandise in a June 2020 robbery.

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