Bodega Owner on Grand Street Struck With Skateboard After Shoplifting Incident

Police say four suspects tried to swipe merchandise from a Lower East Side bodega and then attacked the owner when he tried to stop them.

Shoplifters Strike Again at Pilgrim Boutique

Can social media catch a shoplifter?  The owners of Pilgrim, the boutique at 70 Orchard Street, posted this photo on twitter and Facebook not long ago.  Here’s the accompanying message on Facebook:

DEAR POS SHOPLIFTER: YES, THESE ARE THE RARE CHANEL EARRINGS YOU STOLE FROM MY SHOP. IF ANYONE SEES A GIRL WEARING THESE OUT, ASK HER HOW SHE MUST FEEL BY STEALING FROM A SMALL STORE. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. PLEASE RE-POST THIS AND THE PICTURE. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE MONSTER WHO DID THIS IN THE FACE AGAIN. THANK YOU.

In June of 2011, Pilgrim owners Richard Ives and Brian Bennett suffered injuries in a dramatic confrontation with shoplifters inside the store. Ives went sailing through the front window during the incident; fellow Orchard Street merchants and restaurant owners chased the suspects down the street and tackled them.

We hope to have more details about the latest incident later today.

 

 

Cross-Dressing Thieves Targeting Lower East Side Stores

Still image from security camera video.

Police say they’re looking for two cross-dressing thieves who stole a Chanel purse and backpack from A. Turen, the high end boutique at 85 Stanton Street on Thursday afternoon.  Here’s how Channel 2 described the suspects:

The two characters, thought to be men dressed as women, include a 6-foot-2 black man in his mid-40s. He was wearing a tight-fitting orange dress and gray wig and is said to look like Jamie Foxx’s character “Wanda” in the show, “In Living Color.” The other suspect is described as a 5-9 black man in his mid-40s in a snake-skin print coat and black wig.

Police believe the pair has hit numerous stores in Manhattan. Shop owner Ashley Turen said they’re stolen items from other businesses on the Lower East Side. The custom-made accessories are worth around $3,000 each. Turen ran after the suspects when she realized what was happening, but they escaped in a champagne colored SUV.

Here’s surveillance video of the two men: