A series of quick-hitting thefts ravaged sneaker stores on the Upper East Side of Manhattan Monday night and now NYPD officials are searching for 10 young men believed to be behind the crimes.
The marauding group of thieves, believed to be in their late teens to early twenties, have hit a Nike store and a Jack Rabbit store on Third Avenue at least three times since June, swiping up to $2,500 in merchandise each time.
Surveillance camera footage reveals the group sprinting into the store with shopping bags, snagging as many sneakers as possible and running out. Some residents described the spree as “shocking.”
“For them, they see it as do it by the masses and it probably gives them a higher probability of getting out,” said Jaryd Lindheim, who lives in the neighborhood.
“It rattles you a little bit. You want to make sure you’re living in a safe area,” he added.
Back in June, the thieves allegedly went to the Jack Rabbit store at 1051 Third Ave., grabbed about $2,000 worth of merchandise and fled, police have reported.
On July 10, the same group went to the Nike Store at 1131 Third Ave. and grabbed about $1,200 worth of merchandise and ran away.
The thieves returned to the Nike store on July 14 and grabbed about $2,500 worth of merchandise, then fled.
In total, the thieves have stolen more than $5,700 worth of shoes from New York City stores.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
See the full video of the incident below:
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