By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a man last week for allegedly swiping shampoo and toothpaste from the Walgreens in Stuyvesant Town on more than a dozen occasions since last July. Sam Lee, 32, was arrested on Wednesday, January 3 at 5:30 a.m. for 16 alleged thefts from the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue.
Lee’s alleged spree began on July 8, 2018 around 7 a.m. when he allegedly took shampoo bottles that he stuck in a backpack before leaving without paying. Police said that he returned to the store on July 16, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. when he took shampoo and conditioner that he concealed in a backpack before leaving without paying.
The next time he returned to the store on August 29, police said that he stole multiple Crest toothpaste products.
Police said that he went back to the store almost a month later on September 25 at 2:35 p.m. and took shampoo, allegedly hiding it in a green bag before leaving.
Lee allegedly took shampoo products on October 18 and the following day around 2:45 p.m.
Police said that Lee returned to the store on October 30 and did the same. He allegedly also took shampoo from the store on November 6, 8, 10, 20 and 26 and on December 1.
On December 4 around 7:30 p.m., he went back to the store to take some Crest toothpaste products. He allegedly stole more Crest toothpaste products from the store on December 9 and returned the following day for more shampoo.
Lee was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property. An attorney could not be reached for comment by Town & Village’s press time but according to the courts, Lee pled guilty in connection with one of the incidents during a pre-arraignment deposition on January 3 and was sentenced to conditional discharge for a period of one year.