Man stole nearly 700 bottles of nail polish from Manhattan stores: Police

The suspect returned to one of the Duane Reade stores for a second time and stole close to 200 bottles of nail polish.

According to the NYPD, Juan Baez is wanted for allegedly taking close to 700 bottlNYPD/Flickr/Gerry Lauzon

Police are looking for a Bronx man after they say he stole close to 700 bottles of nail polish from Midtown Manhattan Duane Reade pharmacies in just two months.


The first incident occurred on Jan. 7 at about 4:48 p.m. when the suspect — identified as Juan Baez — entered a Duane Reade at 22 West 48th St. and put about 192 bottles of nail polish inside his backpack, according to authorities. He then just walked out of the store without paying.


A few months later on April 2 at about 4:56 p.m. Baez entered the Duane Reade at 1370 Sixth Ave. and took about 315 bottles of nail polish and once again put them inside of his backpack and then walked out of the store, police said.


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A week later on April 11 at about 7:21 p.m. Baez allegedly returned to the 48th Street Duane Reade and placed about 186 nail polish bottles inside his backpack and walked out of the store.

The NYPD has released a mug shot of Baez and is asking for the public’s help in locating him.

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.

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