Cops are on the lookout for four relentless ice cream thieves who’ve been hitting drug stores in Flatiron, Kips Bay and other Manhattan neighborhoods, in some cases managing to swipe hundreds of cartons at a time.
Recent news reports indicate that there’s a trend in people stealing the treats from stores not for personal use during a particularly scalding summer but for resale to bodegas.
In February, Philip Jaudoa, 28, was arrested for allegedly stealing over $3,000 worth of ice cream and energy drinks from multiple stores.
In this string of thefts — 14 known cases — the male suspects have pilfered the good stuff: Haagen-Dazs, Talenti and Ben & Jerry’s, as well as the occasional haul of Red Bull energy drinks.
According to police, the first incident was on November 16, 2015 when the suspects strolled into the CVS located at 300 Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street and stole 40 cartons of Haagen-Dazs and 25 Red Bulls.
On November 22, 2015, they took 24 Ben and Jerry ice cream pints, 40 Talenti pints and 70 Haagen Dazs pints from the Duane Reade at 873 Broadway between 18th and 19th Streets.
They also cleared out the freezer at the Duane Reade at 777 Sixth Avenue between West 26th and 27th Streets four times within a month from November 27 to December 20.
The first time they got 79 Haagen-Dazs pints, 123 Haagen-Dazs bars and 58 pints of Talenti.
Next time was a comparatively minor haul with 113 Red Bull energy drinks and six Muscle Milks.
The third time they took 60 pints of Ben & Jerry’s, 140 Talentis and 48 Haagen-Dazses.
The last time, they got away with a mere 27 cartons of Ben & Jerry’s.
However, later that day they also stocked up at two other drugstores, and like the majority of the incidents, they did their shoplifting at night.
On December 20, 2015 at 1:38 a.m., the suspects got away with 80 cartons of Haagen-Dazs from the Rite Aid at 542 Second Avenue and East 31st Street.
At 7:15 p.m., they took 20 energy drinks from the CVS at 750 Sixth Avenue, between West 24th and 25th Streets.
On December 29, 2015 at 8:40 a.m., they stole over $1,000 worth of cold medicine from the Duane Reade at 67 Broad Street in Lower Manhattan.
On January 3 at 7:15 p.m., the CVS located at 20 University Place saw 54 pints of Haagen-Dazs, 90 of Ben & Jerry’s and 22 Talenti disappear.
On January 14 at 8:34 p.m., the suspects returned to the CVS at 300 Park Avenue South and took 24 Ben & Jerry’s pints, six Haagen-Dazses and eight Talentis.
On Sunday, January 17 at 2:30 a.m., they got 30 cartons of Talenti and 30 of Ben & Jerry’s from the Duane Reade located at 401 Park Avenue South and East 28th Street.
Later at 7 p.m., the men went to the Duane Reade located at 1191 2nd Avenue between 62nd and 63rd Streets, stealing 26 pints of Haagen Dazs ice cream, 26 of Ben & Jerry’s and 10 of Talenti.
At 10:34 p.m. the suspects hit their third store that evening, the CVS located at 1172 Third Avenue at East 68th Street and took 60 cartons of Talenti.
The individuals are described as black men, approximately in their 20s.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.