Hotel Chantelle Purse Snatcher Returns to Scene of the Crime, Arrested Onsite

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 at 6:08 am by
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The age-old cliche of “returning to the scene of the crime” couldn’t be more apropos today.

Friday evening, roughly two months after three men allegedly snatched a purse from a 26-year-old woman at Hotel Chantelle, the main perpetrator was arrested and charged. We are told that he was identified as Berthold Jean-Charles, a party promoter and so-called fashion personality. We are told the impresario attempted to enter the popular Ludlow Street nightclub, but was quickly arrested outside. Jean-Charles is seen in the photo below as the dude wearing a “Keffiyeh-type head dressing” at left. Our tipster contends that he was connected to other unsolved cases on the west side.

The other two accomplices reportedly remain at large.

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The gang of criminals was been caught in the act by the surveillance system at around 11pm on September 20. The victim had placed her bag on a chair next to her when Jean-Charles sat down next to her (with the accomplices). They then stood up, stole phone and MetroCard, and ditched the purse in the men’s bathroom.

Grand Larcenies remain an issue for the 7th Precinct, as always. According to Comsat data, there were eleven Grand Larcenies in the week ending November 9, and 318 year-to-date.

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