Cops: $5,000 Offered to Identify Purse Thief [VIDEO]

Crime Stoppers puts up reward for information.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has put up a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a woman suspected of shoplifting two bags from The Perfect Purse in Southampton Village.

Southampton Village police said that on Oct. 25 at 1:45 p.m. the woman took a black 10-inch Chanel double flap bag valued at $3,600 and a gold-colored Hermès imitation Birkin bag valued at $700 while the staff were distracted.

Survellience video shows the woman removing the Chanel purse from the shelves of the Hampton Road used handbag shop and sticking it in a large bag she carried into the store.

Crime Stoppers states that anyone with information can anonymously call 1-800-220-TIPS.

Tipsters can also call Det. Bernard J. Bobinski at 631-283-0083 ext. 247, or the Southampton Village Police Department Detective Division at 631-283-0056. All calls will remain confidential, police said.

Samantha Winter November 20, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Stealing from shops is wrong, obviously, but why is no one mentioning that selling counterfeit designer items is a federal crime. An "imitation" Hermes Birkin being sold at this shop? The store owners are just as guilty of breaking the law by selling fake designer bags and profiting from these sales. It is against state and federal laws under copyright and trademark infringement legislation to sell imitation designer items that "look" like the real thing.
Stinker November 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
You are exactly right!? Does crime stoppers know that if this place is admittedly selling an imitation bag and claiming it is worth $700.00 they are not only stealing from Hermes, they are stealing from whomever is willing pay $700 for an imitation Hermes bag? There is also no way that 10 inch double flap chanel bag is worth $3600 used. Something isn't adding up here.
Samantha Winter November 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Authentic Chanel is very expensive; my friend bought the same bag at Bergdorfs in NYC for a little over $5000 last year. An authentic Hermes Birkin, if you can even find one, starts at $15,000, alligator even more. I get that the store owners are upset about the theft but aren't they also abusing customers by selling copy items? Using designer names to sell products is outright copyright infringement which is both a state and federal crime. The store may be attracting a little too much attention to itself and may find that some of the law enforcement it is seeking may come back to bite.
Leonard Barton November 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Agreed, any retail establishment without a door-buzzer entry system should have a person on duty to monitor "visitors.' Yes, you are 100% correct that it is illegal to sell "fake" items. I am surprised that the proprietors of the shop revealed they sell copies of high end mdse. as it's a federal offense.
Leonard Barton November 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The forces that be in Southampton Village are very lax re. the sales of fake mdse. It reflects on the entire retail community of The Village. Fake Hermes mdse. is sold elsewhere in town. It is not acceptable!
Leonard Barton November 21, 2012 at 01:12 PM
As a (former) retailer in SH Village I apprised officials about the illegal sale of fake mdse., often sold (sometimes by simply not stating up front that they are fakes) as "real." Too date, they have taken no action. This mdse. should be confiscated and the proprietors should be fined for selling mdse. that is usually and illegally sold untaxed for cash by urban street vendors. It is indicative of laissez faire monitoring by a dept. whose duty is to maintain "proper and ethical" business in The Village.
Delaware Lady November 21, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Its only a crime IF they claim the bag is a real Hermes. They are not claiming that the bag is real so there is no crime. There is no crime in selling knock offs.
Leonard Barton November 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Delaware Lady, You are incorrect . Fakes Hermes and/or other "Name Brand" products, such as Rolex, are illegally produced, are illegal to sell, even if identified as such, and are illegal to buy. Please check out the facts re. this matter.
Patrice Stevens November 21, 2012 at 03:26 PM
If they are not claiming that the bags are real, there is no crime. The issue would be whether the bags were held out in anyway to be genuine. This could come about by the name on the bag, by the packaging, by the advertising or promotion of the bag.
Leonard Barton November 21, 2012 at 03:49 PM
@ P. Stevens, Such goods are manufactured in violation of copyright laws. If an item bears a copy of a registered logo, it is a fake. If "Hermes", "Rolex" or other name brand logos and marks are not on an item on on tags, then it is "o.k." The item(s) would then be in the "style of" rather than imitating same with intent to deceive. In brief, "Hermes Style" vastly differs from "Hermes Fake."
Leonard Barton November 22, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Seems the Comment stream re. this topic has concluded(?) I think it's time that the SH Village and Township authorities address their responsibility to clear all retail stores of illegally-sold mdse. I'm not writing about drug-realted paraphernalia nor about pornography. It is clear to me that the forces that be turn the other cheek when it comes to the blatant retailing of illegally maufactured mdse. in SH and EH townships. Retailers selling such goods should be shut down now, prior to the Holiday buying Season to teach them a lesson in fair and ethical business practices on the South Fork.
Alan J Stolz November 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Just to let you know... the "Non-authentic" Hermes Birkin was NOT OFFERED FOR SALE IN THE STORE. A client brought in 5 of them that her husband bought for her on Ebay. We told her they were fakes. The bags were in our back storage room awaiting pick up from her. The thief asked to use our dressing room (she wanted privacy to remove the security tag from the stolen Chanel that she already had put in her own EMPTY purse. The dressing room was filled with boxes because we just changed the window so I had to let her in the back storage room to 'try on a blouse'. She stole it from there by putting her leather jacket over it and she believed it was a real Birkin. You should know the facts before you make comments that can hurt even more. I had to tell police what was stolen and that is what was stolen.
Alan J Stolz November 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM
AGAIN.. THE PERFECT PURSE GUARANTEES AUTHENTICITY OF EVERY ITEM SOLD IN OUR STORE. WE AUTHENTICATE BAGS THAT ARE BROUGHT IN BY CUSTOMERS AND WANT TO SELL ON EBAY OR HAVE US BUY OUTRIGHT. WE TELL THEM IF THE BAG IS A FAKE, JUST AS WE TOLD THIS CUSTOMER WHO DROPPED OFF THE BAGS FOR US TO SELL FOR HER. WE INFORMED HER THE BAGS WERE ALL FAKES AND WE PUT THEM IN THE BACK ROOM AWAITING FOR HER TO COME AND PICK THEM UP. OUR REPUTATION IS ON THE LINE AND WE GUARANTEE THAT EVERY ITEM FOR SALE IN OUR STORE IS AUTHENTIC... AND OUR CUSTOMERS KNOW THAT. THEY CAN TAKE THE BAGS TO CHANEL, HERMES, OR ANYWHERE THAT THEY WANT TO HAVE THEM AUTHENTICATED. IT IS WHAT WE DO FOR A LIVING AND ARE EXPERTS IN DESIGNER HANDBAGS. I can understand the confusion but we were just lucky that this thief is NOT an expert in what she steals. We also had authentic Birkins in the back room also that just came out of our storefront window.... she stole a color she liked and fortunately stole a fake and not an authentic Hermes. Visit our store and see what we are all about if you have any question about what we are about and what we 'sell'. There's a 'backstory' to everything. Are we supposed to tell the police that a 'real' Birkin was stolen when it wasn't? We were honest in reporting the theft. When this thief realized she had to get that security tag off in order to get out of the store, she needed privacy to do that. I trustingly gave her that privacy in a private storage room. Thank you.
Leonard Barton November 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
The video clearly shows no store employees on site. Maybe I'm myopic, but either there's a person in "attendance" of there's not……..
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 01:45 PM
The story has been updated to reflect a correction. The surveillance video only shows a Chanel purse being taken and placed into a bag — not the second purse.
Leonard Barton November 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Still don't get it. Video shows a space, empty save for the thief. Who did and for what reason allow her into a (rear) storage room for "privacy." Thieves "work" quickly. She had the time to peruse a bag containing 5 bags when presumably there were others in clear view "off the shelf?" This is no stealing of the Crown Jewels, but somehow the accounting of the event does not make sense to me.
Leonard Barton November 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I stand to be corrected. In looking at the longer video, I see a man in attendance. Apologies for my fast take re. an "empty" store. She must have felt very comfortable in the shop…a credit to an unfortunately "taken" retailer.
Sam November 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I'm surprised at the "client" whose husband bought her some phonepy Hermes bags off eBay hoping to resell them somewhere else. That doesnt sound right to me. eBay is super-stringent about selling fakes, to the point where it removes listings constantly if there is just a whiff of counterfeit due to Vero experts. I know because I sell items on eBay here and there and sold many items I bought at the Super Saturday event in Bridgehampton this summer. If you even use a photo of anything that is published online and not your own photo, it is removed and you are on notice with eBay not to do it again. It sounds like whomever acquired the copy Birkins got ahold of them somewhere else and was attempting to convince the perfect purse shop owners that they were real in order to profit off copyright goods. 7 counterfeit bags bought from eBay doesn't sound credible although the shopowners are certainly not to blame for the theft, it's a side issue. Sounds like they're too trusting quite frankly.
Sam November 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
By the way, why would anyone's " husband" buy 5 supposedly authentic Birkin bags for his wife off eBay if that was even possible? The cheapest authentic Hermes is $15,000, so he's buying 5 for his wife? I'm not that great at math but that's $75,000 in merchandise. Something is not adding up here but it looks as if the perfect purse is bearing the brunt of all these shenanigans. Sorry, guys.
Sam November 27, 2012 at 05:23 PM
It's like saying I bought 5 BMW's for my wife to try out, then she realized she didn't want any of them. Very peculiar story.
Leonard Barton November 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM
There is a clear guide on line detailing "how to spot a fake Hermes bag." It's not rocket science. Hermes (Inc.) is apparently not concerned with the proliferation of fakes for sale on the East End. Their corp. position dos not alter the fact that fake mdse. is illegal. If one were to look up several Hamptons retailers, consumer comments indicate that " fakes"are being sold on the South Fork as "real."
Alan J Stolz November 28, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Sorry to inform you, but COUNTERFEIT Hermes on Ebay is a fact of life. Not only do I own The Perfect Purse but also am a power-seller on Ebay with over 3,000 positive feedbacks. I can't tell you the number of times I've reported fake Hermes to Ebay while the auction is still active and they take no action. I've had my photos & even my description stolen and listed as someone else after my auction closed and the item delivered to the buyer. They list it at a very low 'buy it now' price (say $6,000. for a $12,000. item) and once someone pays for it.. they are gone! They usually ask for the money to be wired into their account and they are located 'overseas'. The fakes that were brought in for us were very good copies and I can see how the novice could easily be fooled. It's all in the details. The woman told me she basically knew they weren't authentic but got some use out of them. Ebay's fraud department could use a big expansion. They are not as dedicated to fraud reports as they would like us to believe they are.
Paula November 28, 2012 at 06:54 PM
How could u people talk about bags when there is more things In this town to worry about take it as a lost and be more careful next time I TO OWN A STORE AND IF I COUNT THE AMOUNT OF THINGS MISSING I WOULD BE ABLE TO BUY ONE OF THESE FAKE BAGS ....GROW UP AND MOVE ON HOPEFULLY BY SELLING THESE FAKE BAGS IT DOESN'T BACK FIRE ON YOU


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