a man was arrested for stealing purses jan. 29 at the loews theater at 1998 broadway and west 68th street. police said a day before his arrest, 21-year-old nicholas fairclough went to the fourth-floor imax theater and stole the purse of a 44-year-old upper east side woman. fairclough then went to the handicapped aisle to steal another purse.

the day of his arrest, he was spotted entering and remaining unlawfully at the theater, intent on committing a crime, according to cops. police said fairclough bypassed all theater agents and appropriate entrances. at the time of his arrest, he was in possession of items reported stolen, and was charged with grand larceny and burglary.