FINANCIAL DISTRICT — A 27-year-old Sephora employee was arrested last week for stealing more than $1,000 in beauty products — then exchanging the goods at other Sephora locations for store credit, police said.
Jorge Sanchez, an employee of the makeup emporium's 150 Broadway store in Lower Manhattan, was charged with one count of petit larceny on May 15 for swiping five face creams worth a total of $1,061, according to police reports.
A loss prevention manager for Sephora discovered the scheme after checking the store’s business records and noticing that Sanchez was getting store credit for the products, police said. Company employees aren’t allowed to receive store credit, according to Sephora policy, the loss prevention manager told police.
According to the criminal complaint, Sanchez admitted in writing to the loss prevention manager that on five separate occasions he took creams and exchanged the products at various stores throughout the city.
Sanchez was released without bail and is due back in court on July 1, according to court records.
His Legal Aid lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.
Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:
► A 27-year-old told police a $1,700 black Movado watch was stolen out of his boss’s car, after the young man parked the vehicle in a garage at 99 John St. May 15, police said. The watch, left in the car’s center console, was missing when the employee returned to the car about 5 p.m.
► A 30-year-old woman had her iPhone 4S snatched from her hands as she rode the N train on Saturday morning, police said. She told police that when the train doors opened at Rector Street, a man popped in, grabbed her phone and ran out. The alleged victim then located her phone, using a tracking app, and found it was at Downtown Pawn Shop at 453 Fulton St., in Brooklyn. According to police reports, the owner of the shop said a young man had tried to sell him the phone.
► A 24-year-old had his iPhone 5 swiped while at SoHo lounge Greenhouse on Saturday, police said. He told police he thought the phone was taken from his pocket about 2 a.m., right after he used the phone outside the 150 Varick St. bar, then returned inside to his friends.