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Knifepoint Shoplifting

At 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, a man went into the Superdry store at 22 Fulton St., took jacket and track pants valued at $145, put them inside his backpack and tried to leave the store without paying. Approached by a manager, the man then pulled out a silver knife and asked the manager, “Do you want to get cut?” before fleeing the store, heading westbound on Fulton accompanied by a woman.

SUV taken and Abandoned

At 7:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, a 42-year-old man left a white 2015 Ford Escape unattended with the keys in the ignition and the car running, next to the exit of a parking lot at 294 Pearl St. A male then hopped into the vehicle and drove off, heading southbound on Pearl. The vehicle was found abandoned 20 minutes later at the intersection of John and Pearl Streets, with surveillance footage later showing the thief fleeing westbound on John, taking the vehicle’s keys with him.

Balenciaga Saga

Friday the 13th was an unlucky day for a local Balenciaga store. At 1:29 p.m. that Friday, April 13, four men entered the designer location at 148 Mercer St. and took shoes, a woman’s cap, two women’s pouches and two women’s wallets, for a total haul of $4,040. The incident was not reported until May 3 due to ongoing discussions with an insurance firm.

Bike Theft

Even a sturdy lock can’t always protect an unattended bicycle. At 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, a 46-year-old man locked his bike to scaffolding in front of 261 Broadway. When he returned at 9:30 p.m. his ride was gone. In all, he was out a Giant tri-cross bike valued at $1,800, a lock and a helmet.


With all the shoplifting at Duane Reade stores, one wonders how the chain stays in business. At 3:33 p.m. on Monday, April 30, two individuals entered the DR store at 315 North End Avenue and took a selection of cosmetics without paying. Police later searched the neighborhood but could not locate the shoplifters or the stolen merchandise. The items taken included 11 packages of No7 foundation makeup, 24 packages of No7 makeup, and 35 packages of No7 face cream totaling $1,452.

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