New York Luxury Retail Stores Are Being Terrorized by Shoplifting Mobs

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Bands of shoplifters are terrorizing Soho’s high-end boutiques, lifting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of designer merchandise, and in some cases, threatening security guards to keep quiet — or be labeled ‘racist’. A local reported that high-end Celine was looted of $1.5 million in merchandise during the George Floyd riots in May, and the blatant hit-and-run thievery continues “every week” in ritzy stores such as Prada, Moncler, Dior and Balenciaga. Nearly all of these stores virtue-signaled in favor of Black Lives Matter a few months ago. 

Bands of shoplifters are terrorizing Soho’s high-end boutiques, lifting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of designer merchandise, and in some cases, threatening security guards to keep quiet — or be labeled racist, The Post has learned.

The disturbing pattern began in late May during the riots that rocked the city in the wake of the George Floyd police custody death. High-end Celine was looted of $1.5 million in merchandise then, and the blatant thievery continues “every week” in ritzy stores such as Prada, Moncler, Dior and Balenciaga, one plugged-in local said.

“This is happening every week. Walk around Soho on Wooster Street and Greene Street, Mercer Street. … You have huge bouncers out there trying to deter hit-and-run activity,” the source, a restaurateur, said.

But in some cases, the thieves are given carte blanche to steal.

“If they [store personnel] stop them and say anything in the store before they’ve left the building then it often gets turned into a racial accusation,” the source said.

“The brands … tell their employees to walk away,” the insider added. “They don’t want to be the next Instagram video claiming they are a racist brand.”

Soho store managers, especially those employed by national retailers, remain tightlipped for fear of ‘R-word’ reprisal, bad publicity or tarnishing their brand, the source said.

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Arjay
Arjay
15 days ago

When you support CRIMINALS and their criminal activities, they do NOT respect you and will make YOU pay for their crimes. You are a willing participant in their crimes!

Gourdhead
Gourdhead
15 days ago

If these stores are that gutless then let them suffer the consequences.

Joan
Joan
15 days ago

They are not shoplifters. More like terrorists.