A New Bedford man faces several charges after allegedly stealing a purse from a downtown office building.

Police say the suspect had no business in the offices at South 2nd and Elm Streets Friday afternoon, but snuck in anyway, taking several items from a purse hidden under a desk, and then fleeing the scene.

Witnesses gave police a description of the man, who was soon spotted by a security guard at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center on Purchase Street, entering the building and hiding in a bathroom.

Police found the man, identified as 52-year-old David Mendes of South 6th Street, with a wallet, cash, and cigarettes reported missing. Police also found a folding knife on his person.

Mendes faces arraignment Monday in New Bedford District Court, on charges of larceny and possession of a dangerous weapon.

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