Maryland man accused of stealing $200K in high-end purses in Texas

BALTIMORE - Maryland State Police arrested a Baltimore man who allegedly stole eight high-end purses valued at approximately $200,000.

Edward M. Bryant, 40, of the 4100 block of Glenhunt Road in Baltimore, is being held on a fugitive warrant at the Harford County Detention Center as a result of felony warrants issued in Texas for burglary and theft more than $100,000. 

"I was totally shocked. I said, 'Oh my goodness!' There's no way I would spend that much money on a bag. No," said a neighbor of Bryant's, Tonja Burris.

Texas authorities have begun extradition proceedings against him, state police said. 

State police said West University Place (Texas) Police Department contacted them for assistance with the Dec. 7, 2013 residential burglary during which eight Hermés handbags and purses were stolen. Texas law enforcement officials identified two suspects from Maryland, including Bryant. 

Police said Bryant and a second suspect flew from Maryland to Texas and stole the bags from a woman's home.

"Police are continuing to try to determine how these suspects in Maryland found out that she had these bags in her home and that she was going to be away and were able to go down there and did this burglary," said Maryland State Police Spokesman, Greg Shipley. They are looking into whether social media spread the message.

Bryant was arrested Tuesday at his home without incident. 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 stolen 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.

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