Traitor Joe! One day after big bust, thief hits grocery shopper

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One day after cops arrested a purse-snatcher in a daring undercover sting at Trader Joe’s, another bandit plied his sick trade in the aisles of the trendy Court Street grocery store.

Cops said that a 37-year-old United Kingdom native was shopping on April 29 at around 11:30 am and left his wallet atop a baby stroller, which the English call “buggies.”

When the shopper’s attention was diverted, perhaps by Trader Joe’s value-priced bulk chocolate, the thief stole his bag, containing a wallet, $200, a British driver’s license and a Green Card.

The thief also rang up $90 in credit card purchases, buying Metrocards at a nearby station.

The latest crime at the much-targeted store at the corner of Atlantic Avenue came just one day after the arrest of a robber by a team of undercover officers, one of whom posed as an absent-minded shopper.

But those cops were onto other duties when this crime went down.

“What, do we have to go in every day?” asked one officer.

Updated 3:06 pm, January 17, 2019
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Bob from Brooklyn Heights says:
More on this? Yikes!

Shop at Key Food … and don't put your wallet in your shopping cart.

Think maybe robbers' targeting Trader Joe says something about its shoppers — they're easy marks who've been made by the purse snatchers AND by TD management who take their money AND their time (10-15 minute lines!).
May 11, 2010, 6:24 am
Sid from boerum hill says:
Its time for TJ's tp post a warning....purse snatchers at work....

Maybe the cops should hand out a flyer-watch you purse!
May 11, 2010, 7:25 am
Bob from Brooklyn Heights says:
Maybe Trader Joe shoppers should patronize local businesses that care about their customers — instead of fat asses from California.
May 11, 2010, 9:23 am
TJ from Boerum Hill says:
Yikes! Who cares?

The yuppies who shop at Trader Joe's can afford to loose whatever's in their purse.

Guess the guy who lost his didn't have any pockets in his skirt. ——!
May 11, 2010, 5:54 pm
Geoff from Carroll Gardens says:
Oh sure. Shop at Key food and buy spoiled chicken!
May 11, 2010, 9:31 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:

Why do many of your 'articles' sound like advertisements?

IMHO, the value-priced bulk chocolate at Fairway is better.
May 12, 2010, 1:45 am
Bob from Brooklyn Heights says:
I never got a spoiled chicken from Key Food. You've got to check the pull date on anything fresh — even at (EVEN AT!) the blessed Californian Joe.

California Joe's milk doesn't seem to last as long, btw.
May 12, 2010, 5:39 am

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