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Chanel purses worth thousands targeted by two alleged robbers at Natick Mall

Two Philadelphia men pleaded not guilty in Natick District Court today to charges of assault and conspiracy, after they allegedly tried to steal Chanel purses from Nieman Marcus in the Natick Mall, according to a spokeswoman from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

Anthony Dontay Waters, 27, entered the department store just before 4 p.m. Sunday with two women. One woman used tools to cut six security wires, Natick police said.

Waters then left the area, and returned shortly after with Donald Freeman Jr., 19. The men allegedly grabbed six purses, valued at about $27,300, and ran for the door, police said.

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A loss prevention agent saw the men, showed them his badge, and stopped them. Waters then allegedly hit the agent, and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray, according to police.

Freeman allegedly ran for a waiting car and jumped in. A second loss prevention agent grabbed the merchandise as the car was driving off. The vehicle dragged the agent for a short distance, until he was able to pull Freeman and the purses out of the car, police said.

The men were detained. Their female accomplices drove away from the scene, police said.

Waters is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of mace without a proper license, armed robbery, and conspiracy. He is being held on $27,300 cash bail, said Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman with the DA’s office.

Freeman is facing charges of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy. He is being held on $6,700 bail, said Guyotte.

Both men are to return to court on March 10 for a pre-trial conference, said Guyotte.

The loss prevention officers suffered minor injuries, and were treated and released from the hospital Sunday night, police said.

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