Surveillance photos of three of the individuals were captured at the time of the incident inside the Duane Reade at 67 Broad Street.
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.
SERIAL ICE CREAM ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Police arrested 28-year-old Philip Jaudoa last Tuesday evening for allegedly stealing over $3,000 worth of ice cream and energy drinks from multiple stores.
Police said that the pattern began on December 18 when Jaudoa strolled into the Duane Reade at 777 Sixth Avenue and allegedly distracted store employees while the two other people he was with took ice cream without paying for it. Police said that the total amount of treats stolen was $1,470.
On January 14, Jaudoa went to a CVS at 215 Park Avenue South and allegedly swiped $106.03 worth of Haagen Dazs ice cream. Police said that he went into another CVS location at 750 Sixth Avenue on December 20, 2015 and took energy drinks without paying.
Police also said that Jaudoa stole $248 worth of ice cream from that same CVS location on January 14.
Jaudoa was additionally charged in an incident in the 6th Precinct where police said that he and two other people who weren’t arrested stole $1,683 worth of ice cream from the CVS at 20 University Place.
He allegedly also stole merchandise from a CVS at 300 Park Avenue South on November 16, 2015 but police did not specify what was taken that time.
Police didn’t have information on whether the sugary substances were intended for a lifetime of personal use or some other purpose like starting a mid-winter pop-up stand, but it seems that Jaudoa liked the good stuff. In one case, 54 pints of Haagen Dazs were allegedly pilfered along with 90 pints of Ben & Jerry’s. Jaudoa was slapped with four counts of petit larceny and two counts of grand larceny in connection with the aforementioned incidents.