West U Cops Catch $200K Purse Thief in Maryland
West University Place police flew to Maryland to extradite a Baltimore man back to Texas. Edward M. Bryant, 40, is wanted in connection with the burglary and theft of a West U resident’s high-end purses valued at more than $200,000.
Bryant is being held on a fugitive warrant at the Harford County Detention Center as a result of felony warrants issued in Harris County for burglary and theft over $100,000. Texas authorities have begun extradition proceedings against him.
Earlier this week, troopers in the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division were contacted by investigators from the West University Place Police Department, who requested assistance with the investigation of a December 7, 2013, residential burglary during which eight Hermés handbags/purses valued at $200,000 were stolen. The investigation by West University Place Police had identified two suspects in Maryland, one of whom was Bryant.
Maryland State Police criminal investigators enlisted the assistance of personnel from the Maryland State Apprehension Team, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, the US Marshal’s Service and the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office. West University Place Police detectives flew to Maryland to work with State Police on the continuing investigation.
Bryant was arrested at his home without incident on the morning of January 14th. Police recovered four of the stolen handbags at another location in the Baltimore area which is not being identified due to the ongoing investigation. The handbags included three Hermés Birkins, two valued at $38,000 each and one worth $30,000. The fourth was a Hermés Kelly valued at $15,000