UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 27: A pair accused of fleeing Saks Fifth Avenue store on Greenwich Ave in a waiting Dodge Charger after stealing fur coats the day before Thanksgiving were stopped in New York.
According to a report in LoHud.com, a short time after the heist, NY state troopers stopped the Dodge Charger in New Rochelle at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Memorial Highway.
The driver was taken into custody, but the other suspect hopped into the driver’s seat and took off, leading police on a short chase before turning the car around and ramming head-on into the police cruiser.
A police officer received minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
After the crash, the suspect ran off, escaping from state police.
The identity of the suspect in custody has been released, according to the LoHud report. Gerald Norman, 50, of Mt. Vernon, NY was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and likely faces additional charges in Greenwich.
Nov. 26, Original Story: Brazen Fur Heist from Saks on Greenwich Ave; One Suspect in Custody, One on the Run
At about 11:15am on Wednesday, a suspect entered the Saks Fifth Ave store store at 205 Greenwich Ave, grabbed multiple fur coats with an estimated value in excess of $50,000 and ran out of the store without making payment. In an audio statement distributed to news media, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said the suspect entered a waiting sedan containing at least one other suspect and the vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed.
Witnesses provided Greenwich Police with a description of the vehicle and an immediate broadcast was made to all surrounding police agencies. The New York State police witnessed a vehicle matching the description on I95 in New Rochelle and conducted a traffic stop on it.
The operator exited the vehicle upon direction of state police, but the passenger then got into the driver’s seat and drove away. The suspect vehicle stopped a short time later, after it crashed, and the suspect fled that scene on foot. Police in New York are currently searching for that second suspect. The first operator of the vehicle is in custody of the New York State Police. Greenwich Police are working with New York authorities to continue the investigation.
Charges in both Connecticut and New York are pending.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.