New York sees a rise in groups of serial shoplifters that are stripping luxury stores.
Serial Shoplifters Rise In NYC
According to recent, reports by the New York Post, several groups of serial shoplifters are stripping luxury stores, in New York City’s fashionable Soho district and stealing thousands and thousands of dollars of merchandise nearly every week.
After the death of George Floyd, in May there were many protests against police brutality, this lead to a pattern. The pattern where often marches and demonstrations would turn into mass looting and trashing numerous businesses. Also, millions of dollars of the merchandise being stolen by rioters.
As a result, the thieves have conserved their taste for high-end goods. According to reports, the thefts continued for nearly every week, in the form of hit-and-run. As a result, the suspect will grab merchandise and dart out of the door. Reports point out that pricey stores like Prada, Moncler, Dior and Balenciaga are regularly targeted.
Managers Stand-Down To Deter Label Of Racial Bias
According to the New York Post, reports the some of the stealing is even more daring than hit-and-run type. Often the managers’ stand-down because according to sources they don’t want to be labelled racial bias.
According to sources, if security guards attempt to interact with suspected thieves before they have exited the store. The alleged thieves put claims of racism which are often levelled at the establishment. Due to which the management avoid taking action in a racially-charged climate.
“If they stop them and say anything in the store before they’ve left the building then it often gets turned into a racial accusation,” the Post’s source said. “The brands tell their employees to walk away. They don’t want to be the next Instagram video claiming they are a racist brand.”
According to reports, the New York Police Department is currently investigating multiple instances of “mobs of young, transient groups, ”. Also, sometimes the group large with almost 20 people, who “have bulldozed through aisles grabbing as much as their arms can hold.”. In other words, the groups make off with tens of thousands of dollars in goods each time.