Thieves Swipe $2K Worth of Ugg Boots in SoHo Burglary Spree, Police Say
SOHO — It was an ugsome scheme.
A pair of thieves swiped $2,000 worth of Ugg boots, as well as cash and women’s bags and jackets, in a break-in spree at four SoHo shops over the past week, police said.
To grab 12 pairs of the fleece-lined boots, the men pried open a door at the Ugg Australia store at 79 Mercer St. during the early-morning hours of Jan. 27, police said.
One man stood as a lookout while the other quickly swiped the fuzzy boots, then both took off, police said.
The burglars also pried open doors at three other SoHo shops, police said. They stole seven women’s bags and four women’s jackets, worth a total of $5,000, from clothing boutique 3NY at 448 Broome St., after the shop closed on Jan. 25, police said.
They also stole $600 in cash from the offices of Overlook Press, a book publisher at 141 Wooster St., after breaking into its building overnight on Jan. 23, police said.
The pair's last reported break-in, according to police, was at menswear boutique Palmer Trading Company, at 137 Sullivan St., sometime on Jan. 29. Police said they didn't yet have the details of the items stolen from the upscale shop.
The stores did not return requests for comment.
Police were still investigating the crimes as of Wednesday.
Other recent crimes in the 1st Precinct include:
► A 67-year-old woman was attacked by a young man while riding a northbound 2 train at 3 a.m. on Jan. 22, according to the NYPD. Police said 26-year-old Alonzo Shipp got into an argument with the victim, and then began repeatedly punching her in the face, leaving her with cuts and swelling. The victim, who exited the train at the Park Place stop, was treated and released from St. Luke’s Hospital, police said. Shipp was charged with second-degree assault. A call to his attorney was not immediately returned.
► A man stole $33,000 worth of rings from David Yurman Jewelers, at 24 Vestry St., by pretending to pick up the baubles for a photo shoot. Police said the man scooped up 13 rings, telling a shop employee that he was there to get them for an already scheduled fashion shoot. The man, however, never dropped off the rings, which were supposed to be on loan from the store, according to police.
► A bank robber stole more than $6,000 from Chase Bank at 101 Barclay St. on Jan. 25. Police said the robber passed a note to a teller at about 11 a.m. reading, “I have a gun. I don’t want to use it. Give me $10,000 cash.” The teller gave the thief $6,053 in a bag, and the man fled from the bank, police said.
► A Financial District restaurant was duped into giving up $1,970 in a “Green Dot” card scam. Police said a man claiming to be from Con Edison called the French Café Gourmand on Jan. 9, and told a store employee that their power was going to be turned off if they didn’t pay $1,970.
The con artist told the employee to buy a Green Dot card — a prepaid debit card — then give him the authorization number on the card, which would allow him to quickly access the money and ostensibly settle the bill, police said. The employee followed instructions, unknowingly authorizing the thief to steal his cafe’s money, police said.