USA Updates 41 Repeat Criminals Responsible for 147 Thefts in Upper East Side: NYPD
A few dozen career criminals are responsible for a lion’s share of thefts in the Upper East Side, according to police.
According to 19th Precinct Commander Melissa Egger, 41 repeat offenders are responsible for 147 thefts in the upscale neighborhood.
“It’s really driven by shoplifting-related thefts and robberies,” she recently told the campus’s community council.
Those re-evaluating include Michelle McKeely, 42, a shopkeeper with 96 prior arrests who was recently caught stealing from a Target on Third Avenue; And serial thief Jamel Pringle, 39, who had 167 arrests under his belt, was caught swiping from a Rite Eddy on Second Avenue, police said.
“I’m broke, I’m homeless and I steal to live,” Pringle told The Post in February.
- 402 Grand Larcy — up 42 percent
- 950 petty thefts – up to 52 percent
- 57 robberies – up to 46 percent
- 35 car thefts – up to 52 percent
A CVS employee on East 86th Street told The Post that they deal with shoppers everyday, and have been targeted by at least four repeat offenders they recognize.
“They steal a lot of cough and cold products and makeup,” the employee said. “The minute we see this happening, we tell them to leave and then call the police, which takes forever. Sometimes people go crazy, throw stuff away and destroy products.”
Employees said a shopper recently got belligerent at the pharmacy, tossing groceries and breaking open bottles of NyQuil and DayQuil.
A representative from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office made excuses for the troubling catch-and-release trend, claiming to residents at a campus community council meeting that stricter search laws make it easier for criminals to escape the consequences and steal again. make.
Bragg’s supervisor Kevin Jean-Baptiste said, “There’s a very short window of time, we have to give a lot of information to the defense attorney and his client, and if it’s not done in ‘X’ time, that case can be dismissed.” can be done.” Community engagement.
But residents said repeat offenders are tearing the neighborhood apart.
“I was born and raised in Yorkville, and I was never afraid to walk the streets, but now I’m starting to rethink that,” said Katherine Jolovics, 82, who keeps her keys ready to fight. Ha-be a dacoit, told The Post. “I am scared to come home late in the evening. Some blocks are completely dark where people can just come and attack innocent bystanders or steal from them.
Shoppers said the state’s bail reform laws were passed in 2019, incidents of thefts occurred and only inconvenienced the victims.
“Going through the trouble, reporting to the police department, filling out paperwork, answering questions, cooperating as much as you can, only to hear from the officers that there’s a very good chance, if Perp is ever caught, it’s going to be discouraging.” Will be back on the streets in no time,” said Dave Goodside, who owns the Beach Cafe on 2nd Avenue.
He doesn’t even waste time calling the police at the dine-and-dasher, he said.
Goodside said he’s seen regular shoppers at stores like Target, Walgreens and CVS-brand name Monolith make easy points.
“Corporations have done the math. It’s a lot less expensive to just go out of the way and let the perp go,” he said. “If a collision turns into a physical one and an employee or customer is injured, the corporation has a whole host of legal issues and medical bills.”
Russell Squire, chairman of Community Board 8, lamented, “If people see others committing these crimes and getting away with it, it’s a real sense of anarchy for the community. We need to give judges more discretion.” ”