Smash-n-Grab Sneaker Thieves Strike
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 4- A Norwood clothing store that only opened several weeks ago, suffered their first smash-and-grab robbery-- that was foiled by local cops.
Officers from the 52nd Precinct were called to the V.I.M. clothing store, located at 3083 Bainbridge Avenue at East 204 Street at 10:30 p.m. on August 19.
According to a neighborhood source, "A guy broke into V.I.M. and stole some expensive sneakers.”
The witness continued, "He broke the glass of the door and took seven pairs of sneakers," a fact confirmed by police as the perpetrator was foiled by officers who arrived to the scene within minutes of the initial call.
"The police brought them all back," the source maintained that the sneakers were recovered, but according to the NYPD, who used a K-9 unit on the ground and a helicopter in the air for more than an hour-- the suspect was not apprehended.
The source then asked, "Why would they put expensive sneakers right there in the window?”
The source then said of the unnamed suspect, "I saw him the other day just walking on the street.”
The NYPD has since released a wanted flyer with a poor photo of the suspect wanted in the case, several of those flyers have been posted on the front windows of V.I.M.
However, the manager of the store refused to discuss the incident or answer any questions.
Police believe the suspect is in his teens and either a white or Hispanic male as they continue to investigate the sneaker caper.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is urged to call detectives at the 52 Precinct's robbery squad.