Police Watch: Men arrested for thefts from Trader Joe’s, Arrest for alleged robbery

Police arrested 62-year-old Albert Citro and 23-year-old Kyle Charles for allegedly stealing from customers inside Trader Joe’s on Wednesday, June 19 at 1:55 p.m.

Police said that Citro was seen removing a clutch wallet from a purse that was on top of a shopping cart inside the store at 620 Sixth Avenue while Charles allegedly acted as a lookout. Citro allegedly concealed the wallet inside a bag and met Charles outside the store. Police said that Citro and Charles were also seen on video from a previous incident when they allegedly used a stolen credit card in the store.

Citro and Charles were arrested at the corner of West 20th Street and Sixth Avenue and were charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

Police said that Citro also stole a wallet from a shopping cart inside the store on June 16 at 4:30 p.m., on June 9 at 12:05 p.m. and on June 5 at 3:45 p.m. Another woman told police that her wallet was missing from the bag that she was carrying on June 15 around noon.

Citro was also charged with alleged thefts from the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle on March 20 at 12:45 p.m. and the Whole Foods at 250 Seventh Avenue on May 13 at 10 a.m. The victims in both cases told police that their wallets were stolen from their bags on their shopping cart.

Town & Village previously reported that there have been a number of thefts from customers at the Trader Joe’s but the business was not willing to work with the NYPD and put cameras in. According to police, the store ultimately agree to some video surveillance, although they did not specify whether the cameras were inside or outside the store.

Police arrested 25-year-old Dean Murray and 26-year-old Damian Coradin for an alleged robbery in Union Square near Union Square East and East 16th Street on Thursday, June 20 at 10:30 p.m.

Police said that Murray and Coradin went behind the counter of a photocopy store at 50 Lexington Avenue, assaulted the cashier and removed the cash box before fleeing from the location. Police searched Union Square Park after the robbery and found Murray, who allegedly flailed his arms and fought with the arrested officer in an attempt to prevent being handcuffed.

While he was being transported to the precinct, police said that Murray also removed stolen currency from his wallet and put it down his pants in an attempt to conceal it from police.  When they arrived at the precinct, Murray also allegedly attempted to escape by pulling away and attempting to run from the officers. Coradin was also caught nearby. Both were charged with robbery and possession of stolen property, and Murray was additional charged with bribery, escape, resisting arrest, an unclassified misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.

Police arrested 52-year-old Edward Taylor for an alleged burglary on Monday, June 17 at 9:50 a.m. Police said that Taylor removed multiple boxes of assorted meat from the cargo area of a commercial vehicle that was parked in front of 16 West 16th Street on June 6 at 9:25 a.m. When Taylor was taken to the 13th Precinct, he was charged with an earlier burglary and theft from a commercial truck parked in front of 250 West 41st Street that occurred at 8:40 a.m. on the day that he was arrested.

Police arrested 32-year-old Zachary Rothstein and 27-year-old Luis Lugo after an argument over who had the right of way on the street in front of 21 East 16th Street on Tuesday, June 18 at 5:41 p.m.

Police said that Rothstein and Lugo got into a scuffle and Rothstein allegedly punched Lugo, causing a bruise on his shoulder. Lugo also allegedly removed his belt and hit Rothstein over the face, causing bruising and redness to the man’s left cheek. Police said that Lugo then displayed a red box cutter and asked Rothstein if he wanted stitches. When police arrived at the scene, the box cutter was not recovered but Lugo’s belt was vouchered as arrest evidence. Rothstein was charged with assault and Lugo was charged with assault and menacing.

Police arrested two teenagers for grand larceny auto in front of 134 East 29th Street on Friday, June 21 at 12:28 p.m. Police said that the teens removed a cab driver’s taxi at 12:25 p.m. from in front of 134 East 28th Street without permission. When police responded, the officer attempted to conduct a car stop and while attempting to park the car and flee, the teen who was driving reportedly hit the officer with the vehicle, causing an injury. The teens fled on foot but were arrested shortly after on East 29th Street. The teens were also charged with reckless endangerment.

Police arrested 48-year-old Carlos Silva for an alleged theft at the corner of First Avenue and East 21st Street on Friday, June 21 at 10:46 a.m. Police said that Silva was seen removing two side mirrors from an Audi Q7 parked at the location and the owner of the car saw him taking the mirrors and contacted police. When officers stopped him, he was in possession of car mirrors, in addition to burglar’s tools and a controlled substance.

After he was arrested, police found that he was also in possession of a mirror that had been removed from a 2018 Cadillac and a 2016 Toyota. Silva was charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, possession of stolen property, burglar’s tools and possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested 40-year-old James Hirst for criminal mischief at the corner of Second Avenue and East 21st Street on Saturday, June 22 at 9:43 a.m. According to police, Hirst picked up a trash can and struck a Link kiosk multiple times, causing damage.

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