By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested an alleged serial shoplifter for multiple thefts from pharmacies on First Avenue since January who had previously been arrested that same month for more than a dozen other alleged thefts last year.
Town & Village previously reported that Sam Lee, 32, was arrested in January after he reportedly stole from the Walgreens in Stuyvesant Town more than a dozen times since last summer. Police said that Lee stole shampoo and toothpaste from the store at 298 First Avenue.
Not long after he was arrested for the first string of alleged thefts, Lee reportedly stole from the same Walgreens again later the same month. Police said that Lee entered the Walgreens on January 16 and took multiple bottles of shampoo.Shortly after that, Lee went into the CVS at 253 First Avenue and allegedly removed multiple Clif bars. On February 8, police said that Lee went into the First Avenue CVS and stole multiple body hygiene products and multiple Dove products from the store on March 12. Police said that Lee went into the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue on March 20 and took multiple bottles of shampoo.
Lee was charged with burglary for the incident at Walgreens in March because he had previously been issued a “no trespass” affidavit after he was arrested in January, prohibiting him from entering all Walgreens locations.
He also pled guilty to one of the previous thefts and was sentenced to conditional discharge for a period of one year.
Lee was charged for the recent incidents on Saturday, April 27. An attorney for Lee did not have a comment on the case.