Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they say stole thousands of dollars in over-the-counter medication from Manhattan Duane Reades in the past two months — hitting one store three times.
The first incident occurred on Jan. 2 at 9:28 a.m. when the man allegedly entered a Duane Read at 22 West 48th St. and removed $199 in medicine from the shelves, placed them in a bag and left the store, according to authorities.
Less than an hour later at 10:08 a.m., on the same day, the man went to a Duane Reade at 711 3rd Ave. where he allegedly removed a quantity of over-the-counter allergy medicine from shelves, put them into a bag and left the store. He then returned, took additional medicine and left. In total the stolen merchandise was worth $5,350, police said.
A week later on Jan. 9 at 10:20 a.m. the suspect entered the Duane Reade at 1370 Avenue of the Americas where he allegedly took $2,647 worth of medications from shelves, placed them into two bags and left the store.
On Jan. 16 at 10:55 a.m. the suspect allegedly returned to the pharmacy at 711 3rd Ave. — this time with another person acting as a lookout — and took $2,651 in medications and personal care products, according to cops.
The following weekend on Jan. 24 at 9:35 a.m. the suspect entered the Duane Reade at 1350 Broadway with another male suspect, police said. One suspect took $1,725 in medications from shelves, placed them in a bag and left. The second removed $1,261 in medicine and left with the merchandise in a bag.
On Feb. 1 the initial suspect allegedly returned to the Duane Reade at 711 3rd Ave. and removed $1,572 in over-the-counter allergy medicine from the shelves and left the store.
Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect from the Duane Reade locations at 1370 Avenue of the Americas, 711 3rd Ave. and 1350 Broadway.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.