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Orchard Street Shoplifter Pleads Guilty, Gets 20 Days Jail

By Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — A woman involved in an Orchard Street boutique shoplifting incident in which one of her alleged accomplices tackled the store's owner through a glass window was sentenced to 20 days in jail for the crime, prosecutors said.

Enjolie Evans, 23, of Harlem, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court to possession of stolen property in the June 14 incident, in which she and a trio of men allegedly tried to rob the designer clothing, jewelry and art store Pilgrim at 70 Orchard St., according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Evans was standing outside the store at the time of the incident, sources said.

One of the Evan's alleged accomplices, who remains at large, tackled Pilgrim co-owner Richard Ives through his store's front window, resulting in deep cuts to his head, arms and hands that required more than 70 stitches, he said.

Dennis Brunson, 20, of Midtown, and Travis Sims, 29, of Harlem, were both charged with robbery and possession of stolen property. Brunson is due back in court on July 14, and no information regarding Sims' next appearance was immediately available.

Ives' partner Brian Bennett, who was also injured in the scuffle, previously said Evans was desperate to get her hands on a $2,200 vintage Chanel handbag and "was willing to die for it."

He declined to speak about Evans' sentence on Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation and litigation.

The store had been a prior target for shoplifting, and Ives previously said he recognized Evans' voice from two prior shoplifting incidents in which an $1,800 vintage Chanel bag was stolen.

Ives told DNAinfo after the attack that a suspicious-looking foursome wandered around the store, picking up merchandise and putting it down in different locations, before asking the price of the Chanel purse sitting in the store's window.

The crew then tried to create a distraction in order to escape the store — with one of the alleged shoplifters pocketing a $600 necklace — before tackling Ives through his shop's front window.

All but one of the group was ultimately corralled with the help of other alert shopkeepers on the block.

Bennett declined to speak about the sentencing Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation and litigation.

Store owners in the area have recently complained about shoplifting, and police met with those from the neighborhood last week to discuss crime-prevention measures.