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Man Who Stole $1K of Clothes From Gap Kids is Denied Bail, Officials Say

By Nicholas Rizzi | October 5, 2016 5:14pm

NEW SPRINGVILLE — A man was held without bail after being accused of stealing $1,000 worth of clothes from a Gap Kids store.

Between Sept. 19 and 24, John Cruz, 49, went into the shop at the Staten Island Mall three times and stuffed clothing inside a black plastic bag, according to court documents.

Cruz would then take the bag outside the store and hand it off to Nathaniel Ledyard, 56, prosecutors said.

The pair was arrested on Friday and Cruz told officers he stole the items to fund his drug addiction, according to a criminal complaint.

"I went to Baby Gap and I did steal items to support my drug habit," Cruz said.

Cruz was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property at his Saturday arraignment, according to the Staten Island District Attorney's office.

He was held without bail and is due back in court on Nov. 15, online court records show.

It was unclear why he was denied bail. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ledyard was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property at his arraignment, the DA said.

Contact information for his lawyer was not available and It wasn't immediately clear if he'd be granted bail.