Hundreds of alleged looters were arrested this week in New York City, some with high-priced hauls that would rival a Real Housewife’s shopping spree, according to the NYPD.
A crew of 15 to 20 pilfered pricey pelts worth $750,000 from family-owned furrier Henry Cowit on Monday in a brazen spree caught on surveillance camera, the NYPD said Saturday.
That same night, a Rite Aide pharmacy in Midtown was burglarized of $60,000 in prescription meds by three men, police said.
The NYPD is still searching for suspects in both break-ins.
In other cases alleged looters were caught wearing the evidence.
Julian Cepeda, 21, of the Bronx, was pinched inside the Mercer Street Dolce and Gabbana store Monday, wearing a $1,200 sweatshirt and toting a $435 pair of Chanel sunglasses, cops said. He was charged with burglary.
Ashford Adedeji, 21, was caught near Grand and Elizabeth Streets in Manhattan Monday with stolen “red strappy women’s Gucci shoes,” yellow Dolce and Gabbana sneakers, GStar sneakers, Beats headphones, multiple single D&G sneakers and two wrenches, according to a criminal complaint. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
Hanaya Jones, 20, also hit downtown’s designer stores, taking $9,000 in handbags from Dior Monday, according to police. She was charged with two counts of possession of stolen property.
Police discovered a 26-year-old woman, Keona James, inside a Victoria’s Secret store in Midtown on Monday carrying lingerie items with the security tags still attached, according to a complaint. About four hours later, a different lingerie fan at the chain’s Soho location, Kristina Williams, 20, allegedly punched a cop in the head as he tried to arrest her.
Monday marked the city’s most destructive night of looting, with 2,330 burglary reports, compared to 492 the previous day and 306 on Tuesday.
At least 75 alleged looters were cuffed and taken to central booking in the past week on charges ranging from burglary to assaulting a police officer, according to the Manhattan DA’s office. Dozens of other suspects received desk appearance tickets.
Cases dwindled as the week went on, with only nine looting-related arrests reported on Wednesday, the first night of an 8 pm citywide curfew.
Almost every looting case occurred in Manhattan. Brooklyn’s only official looting case left two cops injured when the perps — after making off with garbage bags of merchandise from G-Star Raw clothing store in Williamsburg — smashed into a police cruiser around 4:30 am Monday, according to a complaint. One cop suffered a knee injury, while the other hurt his back. Four were charged with burglary.
Most of the accused looters are New York City 20-somethings, with a few from out of state. Records show they range in age from 18 to 56 with addresses as far away as Virginia and North Carolina.
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