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Men Arrested for Stealing $3K in Items at Bloomingdale's and Barneys: NYPD

By Shaye Weaver | January 4, 2017 11:44am
 A shoplifter tried stealing thousands in merchandise from Bloomingdale's last week, police said.
A shoplifter tried stealing thousands in merchandise from Bloomingdale's last week, police said.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — Shoplifters were caught trying to steal designer merchandise from Bloomingdale's and Barney's in two separate incidents last week, according to the NYPD.

In one of the cases, 28-year-old Juan Hernandez tried to walk out of Bloomingdale's, at 1000 Third Ave., without paying for a Moncler hat and coat and a Canada Goose jacket, authorities said.

He stashed the items, which were worth $2,250 total, while in a fitting room and then tried to walk out the doors, but was stopped by security at about 6:20 p.m. on Dec. 26, according to police.

When security searched him, they found three screwdrivers and one pair of needle-noise pliers in his backpack, police said.

Then on Dec. 29, Bangaly Doumbia, 22, was caught trying to walk out of Barneys New York, at 660 Madison Ave., wearing merchandise he didn't pay for, according to authorities.

He had a $295 scarf in his pocket and was wearing a Givenchy shirt worth $1,070 under his sweatshirt when he was stopped by security, police said.

Doumbia was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property and released without bail pending his next March 9 court date, according to court records. His attorney declined to comment.

Hernandez was charged with grand Larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar's tools. He's being held at Rikers Island on bail set at $10,000 cash and $20,000 bond. He's due back in court on Jan. 11, according to court records.

His attorney did not immediately return a call for comment on Tuesday.

Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 19th Precinct include:

► Destiny Peterkin, 20, of the Bronx, was arrested for trying to cash a fake check for $798.34 at a Chase Bank, at 360 E. 72nd St, near First Avenue, just before 5 p.m. on Dec. 28. She was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and released without bail. Her attorney declined to comment.

► A 37-year-old woman had her wallet stolen while shopping in Morton Williams at 1066 Third Ave., near East 63rd Street. She noticed her wallet missing as she was leaving the store at about 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 27. The wallet was carrying $100 in cash, her driver's license and credit cards. She later discovered that $1,000 in purchases were charged to three of the credit cards that went missing. 

► A 55-year-old woman was getting off the M86 crosstown bus at Fifth Avenue on Dec. 29, at 3 p.m., when she found that someone had taken her $1,500 Louis Vuitton wallet, which was carrying $500 in cash, six credit cards, her driver's license and a MetroNorth card.

► A 79-year-old woman was swindled out of $34,000 by a phone scammer offering to fix a glitch on her computer in exchange for iTunes gift cards. The victim gave him numbers to gift cards with various amounts of money between Aug. 1 and Dec. 9.