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Shoplifters Can’t Be Choo-sers

We’ve all heard of buyers’ remorse but – shoplifters’ remorse? At 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, three women entered the Jimmy Choo store at 111 Greene Street and removed items of merchandise before leaving the store without paying. Police said that sometime later an individual called the store from a blocked number and said her friend Hana had stolen the sandals and wanted to return them. She gave information on Hana, including her cell phone number and said she went to Berkeley College. The informant gave details on the other two shoplifters as well, saying Irene attended Baruch College and Emily was a student at Parsons, according to the police account. The items stolen were a pair of Lance Crystal sandals valued at $1,995 and a pair of Romy pumps priced at $625.

Nightclub Theft

In this instance it seems that VIP stood for Very Illicit Perpetrator. At 1 a.m. on Sunday, March 4, a 36-year-old woman placed her purse in the corner of the seating section in the VIP area inside Paul’s Casablanca at 305 Spring Street, hiding the clutch under her coat, police said. It was gone when she came back for her stuff at 3:50 a.m. Police searched that area but couldn’t turn up the thieves or her missing belongings. The items stolen included a cellphone valued at $710, the purse, a debit card and an ID.

Bad Restroom Break

Police remind the public not to leave your valuables unattended when you use a restroom in a commercial venue. At 5:41 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, a 25-year-old woman left her jacket at a table in the Starbucks located at 55 Broad Street while she went to the restroom. When she returned at 6:30 p.m. she found that someone had taken her belongings, police said. The items stolen included an iPhone 6 Plus valued at $666, a wallet worth $30, a St. John’s University student ID card, and various bank cards.

Wallet Snatch

The Artful Dodger had nothing on one subway pickpocket recently. At 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, a 30-year-old woman entered the subway at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue and took a southbound A train. She got off at Canal Street, and as she was walking up the staircase from the platform, she realized that her purse felt lighter, according to police. She looked inside and saw that her wallet was missing. She went back to check the platform bench to see if she might have dropped the wallet but found nothing. She later received a cell phone message alerting her that someone had tried to use her credit card at The items stolen included a Bloomingdales gift card valued at $700, a Deux Lux wallet worth $100, $20 in cash, a California driver’s license, and various credit cards, presenting a total value of $820.

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