Police say a 22-year-old Yarmouth man was captured after he grabbed a woman’s purse in downtown Freeport and ran – straight into a fenced-in L.L. Bean receiving area that encircled him and blocked his escape.

Police say three employees of Abercrombie and Fitch, two men and a woman, were walking north on Main Street just before 10 a.m. when the woman felt a tug as someone grabbed her stylish Ruehl pocketbook, worth hundreds of dollars, Freeport police said.

The man yanked the purse and ran, with one of the woman’s co-workers chasing after him and yelling. A worker at Jameson Tavern heard the commotion and joined the chase, police said.

In his effort to escape the two men, Albert darted up Justin’s Way and tried to cut behind L.L. Bean’s flagship retail store but found himself in the fenced-in receiving area, police said. There the two men grabbed him and he was held until Detective Gino Biachini arrived and placed him under arrest.

Albert was charged with robbery and may face other charges, Bianchini said. He is currently being held in Cumberland County Jail. He said there appeared to be no connection between Albert and the victim. Bianchini said it’s unclear whether the man knew the bag was a high-end item.




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