Two men who allegedly fled a luxury Back Bay specialty store with over a dozen Luis Vuitton bags last night were arraigned this morning on larceny charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
KENNETH JAMES (D.O.B. 12/11/67) of Roxbury, and ROBERT DAVIDSON (D.O.B. 6/2/64) of Dorchester, were arraigned in the Central Division of the Boston Municipal Court and each charged with one count of larceny over $250. Assistant District Attorney Elle Rackemann requested that the judge impose $30,000 cash bail on both James and Davidson for the larceny offenses, and also asked that they each be held without bail due to warrants on unrelated matters in other courts. District Court Judge Eleanor Sinnott imposed the recommended bail on James, and ordered that he be held without bail due to a default warrant issued from the Quincy District Court. Bail for Davidson was set at $20,000 cash bail, and he was also ordered held without bail due to a Probation Department warrant issued from the Dorchester District Court.
Rackemann told the court that at about 7:30 yesterday evening, Boston Police officers were called to respond to a robbery in progress at the Saks Fifth Avenue store on Boylston Street. Upon arrival, officers assisted a loss prevention security officer who had detained one of the suspects on the corner of St. Botolph and Harcourt Streets; that man was later identified as James.
A second suspect was apprehended by police officers at the rear of 10 Huntington Ave; that man was later identified as Davidson.
Two other suspects, who were also allegedly involved in the theft, also fled the store, but were not apprehended.
Rackemann told the court that officers recovered 13 Luis Vuitton bags from James, and two more of the designer bags from Davidson, for a total worth of $20,220.
The loss prevention officer who witnessed the alleged incident told police that all of the property that had been stolen had been recovered.
James was represented by attorney Steven Sack and will return to court on Jan. 14, 2011. Davidson was represented by attorney Robert Solomon and will return to court on Dec. 28.