Mt. Vernon man charged with stealing handbags

Franklin Daniels, 47, of Mount Vernon, is accused

Franklin Daniels, 47, of Mount Vernon, is accused of stealing handbags from cars. (Feb. 11, 2013) (Credit: Mount Vernon mayor's office)

A Mount Vernon man was caught stealing a woman's handbag from a parked car early Monday, officials said.

Shortly after 1 a.m., police were alerted that a suspicious person was peering into vehicles near Dunham Avenue and East Fifth Street, the Mount Vernon mayor's office said.

A police officer checking the area at 1:24 a.m. spotted Franklin Daniels, 47, of 426 Highland Ave. in Mount Vernon, leaning through the broken window of a 2012 Nissan parked on Garden Avenue, officials said.

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The officer ordered Daniels to back away from the car. He did, and the patrol officer found Daniels had four women's handbags with him, authorities said.

As the officer went to handcuff him, officials said, Daniels tried to flee, telling the cop, "I don't want to get arrested."

The officer tackled Daniels, who continued to resist, authorities said, adding that backup officers arrived and helped subdue the suspect.

Daniels was charged with grand larceny, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, possession of burglar's tools and criminal possession of a weapon (a gravity knife), officials said.

One of the handbags found on Daniels belonged to the Nissan's owner, officials said. Police are trying to find the owners of the other purses.

Daniels was being held in the city lockup Monday pending arraignment in Mount Vernon City Court. Court officials on Monday did not immediately have information on his arraignment or legal representation.

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