Shoplifters push down employee at Modell’s

Police are the on the lookout for three suspects.

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for three young men with expensive taste who stole a bag and clothing from two stores on the same day. In one incident, they also bashed into a store employee.

In one incident on March 3 at 12:50 p.m., they headed to a Modell’s sporting goods store at 607 Avenue of the Americas where they stole a Nike jacket and Nike t-shirts, putting the merchandise into duffel bags. On their way out of the store with $525 worth of clothing, they knocked a female employee onto the floor, causing her minor injuries, police said.

This was just 20 minutes after the same trio strolled into the Zara clothing store at 101 Fifth Avenue in Flatiron and swiped a $200 bag. They then fled on foot.

All three suspects are described as black, 5’9”-6’, 160-190 lbs. and were wearing dark clothing.

The incidents appear to be part of a trend of thieves targeting high-end stores on Fifth Avenue in Flatiron, usually swiping pricey purses.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

2 thoughts on “Shoplifters push down employee at Modell’s

  1. Crime is getting out of hand in this city again! Looking more and more like the 80’s and early 90’s. Our politicians can tout lower crime, but if police reports are not being filed or reports not being made, of course crime statistics will look lower than what the reality is.

    • Lot of crime happening here too. We just don’t hear about it. I would like to know why the kid who killed himself with sulphuric acid had such dangerous chemicals in his apartment. Was the place a meth factory? Are there any other meth factories in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Pretty sure there’s a lot of drug dealing and using here. If the stuff is being manufactured here, that is a very big problem.

      Of course, Management doesn’t want to consider such possibilities and will turn a blind eye. Good PR and raking in the money is all Management cares about. The hell with the well-being of innocent and unsuspecting tenants.

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