Three people were arrested after police said they stole thousands of dollars worth of designer handbags.Simpsonville and Taylorsville police teamed up for the three-week investigation leading to Monday’s arrests.
Police said the merchandise stolen totals more than $15,000 and they said the store it was taken from didn’t know it was being stolen.
Heather Armstrong turned down an offer to buy one of the Kate Spade purses. She lives in the same apartment complex as two of the suspects.
We were sitting out here and he brought a box up and he said, ‘Hey we got these purses for real cheap,’ Armstrong said.
Simposinville Police Department Ofc. Daniel Willis said over a two-week period Aaron Bruner removed single purses along with boxes of purses.
Police said Bruner works as a maintenance worker at the Outlets of the Bluegrass.
He had a key to the storage area, Willis said.
Investigators said employees at Kate Spade had no idea their merchandise was gone.
Much of it was part of a new collection that hadn’t even been released in stores.
They were shocked. I think they started calling loss prevention in New York to let them know what was going on, Willis said.
After a three-week investigation, officers arrested Bruner, Courtney Chesher and Marlon Hill. The trio is charged with receiving stolen property.
We started watching and staking out locations where we might find these purses. And this morning in the wee hours, we located those purses in a vehicle, Taylorsville Police Department Chief Phillip Crumpton said.
When police asked Bruner why he did it, he said it was to support a drug habit. He said he was able to trade the purses for actual heroin.
Police said the suspects admitted to selling some of the handbags at pawn shops in Louisville, on Facebook and to people in gas station parking lots.
Right now, three are facing charges but more arrests are expected to be made.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who thinks they bought one of the stolen handbags are asked to call the Sumpsonville or Taylorsville police.
By Emily Maher@AITbags