When one thinks of running shoes, the names Nike, Adidas and New Balance come to mind-but certainly not Tanino Crisci. However, on May 25, one unknown perpetrator visiting the boutique at 795 Madison Avenue proved that Taninos provide running enthusiasts not only unparalleled style, but also explosive power out of the starting blocks
The suspect entered the store around 3 p.m. and asked to try on a pair of $1,300 alligator moccasins. Then he asked to try a different size, compelling his salesperson to leave him momentarily unattended. One can see the employee’s plight: It’s one thing to return a diamond necklace to a locked case for safekeeping. But to do so with a pair of shoes, no matter how pricey, would suggest that you consider your client untrustworthy and a potential flight risk.
So the salesman left to get a different-size pair of alligator shoes-and when he did, his customer, described as a 30-year-old male dressed in an overcoat and dress shoes (though undoubtedly a far more economical pair than those he coveted), took the opportunity to run out of the store and flee in an unknown direction.
While the shoes were priced at $1,300, subsequent investigation by the police revealed that their wholesale cost to the store was a somewhat more economical $800.
Another crook was even more successful-and apparently without breaking a sweat, no less-on a May 17 trip to Dolce & Gabbana, at 816 Madison Avenue. The thief (the store apparently doesn’t have the slightest idea who) managed to abscond with a $27,800 mink coat. A store employee first learned of the theft when she returned from lunch and discovered the garment’s discarded electronic sensor in the fitting room.
While New York City’s teenagers may not be meeting national standards in subjects such as geometry and algebra, some of them do seem to exhibit impressive acumen when it comes to problem-solving-at least if the teens apprehended at Bloomingdale’s on May 28 are any indication.
A store detective observed two girls-one of them 16, the other described only as a “juvenile,” which means she could be any age under 16, including 12, 5 or 3-remove a pair of Guess pants valued at $42 and a Guess shirt priced at $26 from a store rack and proceed with the garments into a dressing room.
Once inside, the young ladies managed not only to remove the security sensors from the clothing but also to replace the original price tags with lower-priced tags-not that this proved necessary, since they apparently attempted to leave the store without even going through the motions of paying for the items.
They were apprehended by security as they left. While in custody, the older girl tried to escape but was recaptured by the police.
Bread and Chocolate
Le Pain Quotidien is a delightful bakery with several locations, including in Brussels, Paris, Aix en Provence and, closer to home, at 1131 Madison Avenue, where a lady’s pocketbook was stolen on May 24.
While one feels little sympathy for those naïve enough to leave their purses slung over the back of their chairs or at their feet in a city as opportunistic as New York, such is Le Pain Quotidien’s charm and sense of safety that one can almost be forgiven for doing so.
The victim in question, a 55-year-old Ridgefield, Conn., resident (her suburban address perhaps explaining her apparent lack of street smarts) was sitting at the community table-a long, rough-hewn piece of furniture that probably seats 20 and is punctuated with jam pots-at the bakery, which quickly became an Upper East Side watering hole when it opened a few years back. (Indeed, it fairly begs for consideration as a location in some future Woody Allen flick.)
In any case, the victim was sitting side-by-side with a friend, her pocketbook on the floor between them. But when she reached for her bag to pay the bill, she learned-lo and behold-that it was missing. After searching for her property, she found it on the floor near the exit, albeit with the snap open and $140, plus several of her credit cards, removed. The victim told the police that she neither saw nor felt anybody removing her property.
If you’re going to swipe someone’s purse, prudence suggests that you leave the area immediately rather than return to your seat, as one alleged crook did at Dangerfield’s on May 19. The perpetrator’s victim told the cops that she was in the comedy club’s bathroom at 9:20 p.m. washing her hands when another woman grabbed her pocketbook and ran. However, rather than keep on going, the suspect, a 34-year-old Bridgeport, Conn., resident, returned to her seat to take in the rest of the show.
Her victim caught up with her there, and a wrestling match ensued, resulting in the victim successfully retrieving her property. Her assailant was held until the police arrived and arrested her for grand larceny.