Thieves caught stealing purses

MEDIA, Pa. - November 19, 2008 Dozens of designer handbags, each retailing for hundreds of dollars, were stolen from a Delaware County boutique.

Police tell Action News that the effort to nab the suspected purse-snatchers was just as riveting as the value of the bags.

21-year-old Eric Lecompton was escorted out of the state police barracks in Media this afternoon, along with his alleged accomplice 41-year-old Harry Anderson. Both are from Wilmington.

The suspects said nothing about what happened at the Glen Eagle Shopping Center around 4:30 this morning.

The owner of this boutique called it a classic case of smash and grab.

"The burglars had completely smashed through the front door. There was broken glass everywhere, "Sherri Guggenheim said.

The burglars left with designer bags ranging from $500 on up, including a crystal cocktail bag had a price tag of $945.

Police have confiscated the tools suspected to be used by the burglars to break in. After breaking in, police say the burglars then dumped the bags in a trash can and then drove away in this stolen Jeep.

Two troopers who happened to be at an intersection nearby thought there was something suspicious about a Jeep pulling out of the closed shopping center so early in the morning.

Moments later that Jeep took off

It took spike strips end the near hour long chase.

Hours later the staff from the boutique was able to retrieve their stolen goods.

After what happened, the Eagle Glen Shopping Center will begin having 24 hour security service starting tonight.

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