A masked man was caught on video carrying out a pair of chain-store robberies in Brooklyn — as police from coast to coast grapple with an epidemic of retail thefts.
The NYPD released footage of the suspect on Saturday, saying the New York City crook made off with more than $11,000 in goods and cash over the span of two nights.
During the first robbery on August 17, the suspect entered the Fulton Street Burlington store through an emergency exit between 12:43 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. after business hours, police said.
The thief stole a total of $6,050 worth of items, including perfume, clothing and electronics, before fleeing the scene.
The same thief struck again at the Fulton Street Champ store a few weeks later, on Sept. 5, police said.
He forced his way into the business and took apparel, sneakers and $700 in cash for a total of $5,300 during the crime, which occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., police said.
Police said that the height of the suspect was about 5 feet 5 inches and his body was thin.
Video shared by the NYPD shows the suspect wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, a dark baseball cap, black pants, a black face mask and a black backpack.
Police shared a video of the alleged Brooklyn thief on Saturday. NYPD
These crimes come as cities across the country are dealing with a growing epidemic of organized shoplifting and theft, including in California, where officials planned to spend $267 million to help local law enforcement deal with the troubling increase. is planned.
Over the summer, a Burlington store in California was targeted by three women who were caught on camera slowly wheeling out three shopping carts of merchandise in broad daylight.
Video of the daring theft shared online shows the women loading their stolen items into a red Dodge Charger as an alarm sounds in the background.
“Hey, look at these people stealing! Say hello to the camera!” The man filming can be heard in the video telling the women that the suspects were throwing piles of clothes and shoes into the trunk of their car.
In September, the suspect stole more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from Brooklyn Champs, police said. Google Map
“Look at this thing. What is this?” The man says walking towards them.
The Sacramento Police Department said a police report has been filed on the incident.
According to the National Retail Federation, retail theft in the US has increased to $94 billion – an alarming 90% increase since 2018.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the Brooklyn crimes to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) .