Virginia man charged in Coach purse thefts
Delaware State Police arrested a Richmond, Va., man Sept. 11 after police found him near the site of a car crash involving a vehicle used to steal $29,000 worth of Coach purses from the Tanger Outlets.
Police were searching the north Milford area at 11 a.m. where seven hours earlier a Mercedes SUV crashed into a Ford Taurus before the occupants of the SUV fled, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
Someone called 911 to report a suspicious man at the Valero station on Bay Road in Milford. Timothy A. Hood, 39, was inside the gas station carrying a black sweatshirt and wearing gray sweat pants with no shoes, Fournier said.
Police linked Hood to two other outlet burglaries occurring Aug. 7: 60 sunglasses worth about $11,600 taken from the Sunglass Hut and 85 purses worth $27,000 stolen from Michael Kors. In both cases, a window was shattered to gain access, Fournier said.
Police retrieved 85 Coach purses worth more than $29,000 after the Sept. 11 accident.
Hood was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of possession of burglar tools, theft greater than $1,500, second-degree conspiracy, criminal impersonation and other charges. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $75,000 cash bail.
Police responded to the Coach outlet in Rehoboth Beach after an alarm was activated at 4 a.m. Sept. 11. As police arrived, a black Mercedes SUV sped out of the parking lot and led police on a high-speed chase northbound on Route 1. Near the Route 1 and 113 merge north of Milford, Fournier said, the SUV struck the rear of a Ford Taurus causing both cars to spin out of control. The SUV stopped in the center median; two occupants fled to the west by crossing the southbound lanes of Route 1, Fournier said.
Police continue to search for a black man wearing a brown or gray-hooded sweatshirt with black pants who fled the car crash.
The driver of the Taurus was Patrick A. Organ, 41, of Milford. He was treated and released from Milford Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Police ask anyone with information to call 856-5850, 1-800-TIP-3333, go to www.tipsubmit.com, or text 274637 using keyword DSP.