GRAMERCY — A trio of Ben and Jerry’s bandits associated with a crew that has stolen more than $3,000 worth of ice cream to fence it at local bodegas are being sought by police, the NYPD announced Tuesday.
The frosty felons went on a two-month robbery spree from November 2015 to January 2016 that targeted at least 10 Duane Reade and CVS pharmacies in Manhattan, police said.
The team worked together by distracting employees while fellow crew members crammed pints of Haagen-Dazs, Talenti and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream into their backpacks, according to NYPD officials.
The motive was not an epic sweet tooth but the ice cream’s resale value — pints can easily be resold to delis and bodegas if the price is right, police said.
Philip Jaudoa, 28, and six accomplices were arrested and charged in February for carrying out six Haagen-Dazs heists between Nov. 16 and Jan. 14, police said.
But police released photographs of three more suspects on Tuesday that they believe also participated in six additional robberies:
► The Duane Reade at 873 Broadway had 24 pints of Ben and Jerry’s, 40 pints of Talenti and 70 pints of Haagen-Dazs stolen on Nov. 22 at 7:40 p.m.
►The Duane Reade at 777 Avenue of the Americas had 79 pints of Haagen-Dazs and 58 pints of Talenti stolen, as well as 123 Haagen-Dazs bars on Nov. 27 at 8:30 p.m.
►The Duane Reade at 67 Broad St. had $1,009 worth of cold medication stolen on Dec. 29 at 8:40 a.m.
►The Duane Reade at 401 Park Ave. South had 30 pints of Talenti and 30 pints of Ben and Jerry’s stolen on Jan. 17. around 2:30 a.m.
►The Duane Read at 1191 Second Ave. had 100 pints of Haagen Daaz, 26 pints of Ben and Jerry's and 10 pints Talenti stolen on Jan. 17 around 7 p.m.
► The CVS at 1172 Third Ave. had 60 pints of Talenti stolen on Jan. 17 around 10:35 p.m.
Police describe the suspects as men in their 20s. They can be seen on surveillance footage wearing sweatshirts, one red, one white and one black.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.