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Thief Tried to Steal 25 Bottles of Abercrombie & Fitch Cologne, Police Say

By Irene Plagianos on July 15, 2014 2:13pm 

 A man was arrested for trying to steal 25 bottles of Abercrombie & Fitch's "signature scent," police said.
A man was arrested for trying to steal 25 bottles of Abercrombie & Fitch's "signature scent," police said.
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SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — A man tried to steal nearly $1,700 worth of Abercrombie & Fitch’s “signature” scent last week, police said.

Edwin Morales, 45, grabbed 25 bottles of Fierce cologne — the musky fragrance that’s pumped through each of the clothing chain’s stores — from the 199 Water St. location on July 12 at about 4 p.m., police said.

Morales stuffed the bottles — which ranged in price from $54 to $118, totaling $1,698 — into his bag and tried to flee, but store security managed to stop him on the way out, police said.

Police arrested Morales and he was charged with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, according to the criminal complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Morales was sentenced to nine months in jail, prosecutors said.

Information about Morales's attorney was not immediately available.

Abercrombie & Fitch did not immediately return a request for comment.

Other recent incidents in the 1st Precinct include:

► A man stole $2,658 from Capital One Bank at 90 West Broadway on June 8 at 9:20 a.m., police said. The thief passed a teller a note demanding five $50 bills, and an additional $2,408. The bank worker placed the money in a bag and handed over the cash, police said. The man, who wore a tan stocking cap, then walked out of the bank.

► A 19-year-old woman was pushed to the ground, smacking her head on the pavement, while fighting off a thief trying to take her backpack, police said. The young woman said a man approached her while she stood outside of 386 Canal St. on June 14 at about 7 a.m., and he asked for a sip of the coffee she was holding. When she refused, he tried to grab her backpack off her, but she resisted. The tussle caused her to fall and hit her head, and the man ran off empty-handed. She suffered minor injuries, police said.

► A man stole a $1,322 pair of designer high-top sneakers from the Rick Owens boutique at 250 Hudson St. on June 14 at about 12:15 p.m. The thief placed the pricey kicks, a pair of black Ramones, in a bag then fled the shop, police said.

► Two men stole a $1,095 black handbag from the Diesel store at 68 Greene St. on July 14 at about 1:25 p.m., police said. The men walked into the shop, grabbed the women’s handbag and left.

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