Vacaville Outlets handbag heist ends in no-contest plea

By From page A3 | August 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Less than one minute of thievery resulted in a two-year prison sentence for a designer handbag bandit.

Jules L. Hollis, 43, pleaded no contest Friday to a felony robbery charge, agreeing to the prison stint in exchange for prosecutors dropping another robbery charge. He could have landed a five-year prison sentence if he had been convicted of both felonies.

It took 14 seconds for Hollis and an unidentified accomplice to walk into and then walk out of the Burberry Ltd. store at the Vacaville Factory Outlet Stores on the afternoon of Oct. 8, 2012. The pair left the store having grabbed up 22 purses that were worth more than $20,000.

The same day, a pair of thieves also made off with $13,000 worth of handbags at the nearby Gucci store. That handbag heist took about 30 seconds.

Hollis will remain locked up until he is sentenced Sept. 15.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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