Niles Police arrest purse theft suspect

Niles thefts
Brandi Henderson

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Thanks to surveillance pictures and tips from Facebook, a suspected Niles purse snatcher has been caught.

Brandi Henderson, 39, of Warren was charged with the theft of seven purses from Dillard’s at the Eastwood Mall. The Michael Kors purses are valued at $2500 apiece. Niles Police Captain Ken Criswell said she took the purses from the store two days in a row last week.

“She acted like she was checking them out to see if they look good with her outfit, and then just left the store with all five of them,” Criswell said. “And that was at noon on the 15th, and then she just came back the next day and grabbed two more and ran right out the door.”

Henderson pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning at her arraignment. She was held on $2500 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for next week.

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