Shoplifter rustles $1.7K of Rite Aid goods

This guy definitely enjoyed some “summer savings” by allegedly shoplifting at the First Ave. Rite Aid in the East Village. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | A shoplifter hit an East Village Rite Aid earlier this summer and made off with a major haul, police recently reported.

In the June 26 incident, an unidentified male entered the store at 81 First Ave., between E. Fourth and E. Fifth Sts., around 11 a.m. While inside, he removed various merchandise from shelves and stuffed them in a backpack. He fled the location with roughly $1,700 worth of store merchandise.

This suspect stole a lot of cold medicine or mouthwash or some combination of them — $1,700 worth, according to cops. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Surveillance video of the individual stealing the items was provided by police. The video shows him taking items from the shelves in a row marked “Cough & Cold” and possibly “Mouthwash.” (The sign is fuzzed out in part of the photo to hide the identity of a shopper in the background.)

Anyone with information should call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All tips are confidential.

2 Responses to Shoplifter rustles $1.7K of Rite Aid goods

  1. There is a always a security guard posted by the entrance…how did this happen? Thanks to this mayor, we are going back to pre-1990 NYC.

  2. Rite Aid is the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast and the third largest in the U.S. I think they can recover the loss

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