Jaden Smith's Girlfriend Went To Jail Over A Hermes Birkin Bag She Didn't Steal
If we said 'fashion crime' to you, we're guessing your mind might jump straight to colour clashing, socks with orthopaedic sandals and quadruple denim.
But Jaden Smith's girlfriend Sarah Snyder hit headlines for something a little more serious last year after she was accused of stealing a Hermes Birkin bag from a New York consignment store.
As every fashionista's holy grail, the Birkin is the ultimate It bag - not surprising when they retail for around the $15,995 mark. So when Sarah was accused of stealing one from Penny Pinchers, the designer second hand store in question, there were some pretty serious consequences.
However, almost eight months on and it's been ruled that Sarah never stole the bag at all and was actually wrongfully accused of the crime in question.
After she was arrested on charges of felony Grand Larceny and questioned by police, Sarah had the added scrutiny of the media to deal with thanks in part to both her profile as a social influencer and the fact that she is currently dating Jaden.
But following several court hearings the charges have now been dropped and Sarah's been able to tell her side of the story for the first time.
"In June, I was at my friend's apartment in New York City when the cops showed up," Sarah tells Harper's Bazaar. "I don't even know how they knew I was there. They asked me, 'Are you Sarah Snyder?' There were two male cops in uniform in the hallway, and they started questioning me for about thirty to forty minutes: They asked if I had ever taken a bag, if I had ever seen the bag, if I was familiar with the bag.
"They claimed to have done a four-month long investigation, and they were positive I had done it. The store employees from the consignment store, the four women who worked there, had supposedly identified my picture. I had never met them. I kept telling them I hadn't, that I had never seen the bag before, and that I had never even been to Westchester!"
Interestingly, it was not being fully aware of her rights that Sarah attributes to the way things escalated and she says that had she known she didn't originally have to go with police to be questioned, things might've turned out differently.
"I didn't completely know my rights," she says. "They said, 'You have to get in the car,' but I found out later that I didn't have to. They didn't let me call anyone, so I was texting my dad in the car. I was crying and really scared. I asked three times if I had to go with them. I asked if I could get a lawyer. They just said I had to go.
"So I got in the unmarked police car with the two male cops. I didn't know we were going all the way to Bedford. I said, 'Bedford? An hour away? Why are we going so far away?' They said 'That's where the police station is.'"
But Sarah maintained she had never even been to the store and only realised once she'd agreed to be questioned that she wasn't even in the same state on the day the crime had been committed.
"As soon as we got to Bedford, we went to the consignment store where the bag was taken from, and they asked me if I had ever been there. I told them I hadn't, and that I didn't know what it was, and I repeated that I had never even been to Bedford. They accused me of lying, and we drove to the police station.
"It was at this point, when I had a lot of time to think, that I realised I wasn't even in the state when they claimed I had stolen this bag," she adds. "I was in Tampa, Florida with my dad."
Despite all this, Sarah had to spend several hours in jail before her bail was posted and from the sounds of things, it was a pretty scary experience.
"I went to jail until my bail could actually post," she says. "I was terrified when they were taking me to the holding cell, there were people pounding on the glass doors at me. I went and got changed and then went to get my mugshot taken. They talked about moving me and taking me to get a medical shot—which you have to get to go into a cell with other cellmates—there was a chance I wasn't going to get out that night. But then someone bailed me out; I just had to wait for the money to process. It was another thirty minutes before I got all my belongings back, and then I finally got to leave. I think it was around 3AM."
Things didn't end there and there were multiple court appearances before the charges were finally dropped last week.
"I have been to court four times for this case. There was a lot of proof I didn't do it. There was a time-stamped plane ticket, my dad's affidavit, my phone records, my credit card statement, and there are pictures of me in my dad's house in Florida on the same day they claim I stole the purse," she reveals. "My phone triangulated back to Florida—the police called AT&T. They even went back in my phone to check that I hadn't changed the date in my phone."
The stress of these allegations aren't the only thing to have affected Sarah's life as a result of all this and she also explained how being accused of the crime has affected her ability to earn money.
"I haven't told many people about this. I think I've told four people this story, because it doesn't seem believable," she says. "I feel no one believes me but my dad. I just feel like it's a crazy situation. So many people are like, 'You stole a bag, you're such a horrible person that you did this.' I've gotten so much hate from this.
"My reputation is so bad now. I know a lot of companies haven't worked with me because of this situation. I lost a recent fashion magazine editorial. The bigger companies are like,' No, that's going to make us look bad.' I have been through so much for something I didn't do."
Still, she's not letting it take up any more of her time and has a pretty optimistic outlook on the ordeal, adding: "On February 10th, during a hearing in Bedford at 6:30pm, the charges were dismissed. I'm just happy that people know the truth and know that I didn't do it. It was satisfying to know that they admitted that they were wrong. All the prejudice against me will hopefully evaporate because the courts confirmed I was in Florida. I have been through so much shit this past year. I'm just glad it's over."
As a final two fingers up at the whole thing, Sarah now has a Birkin of her very own - one which no one is going to accuse her of stealing.
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