By Jerry Danzig
At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, a 21-year-old man entered a chain department store on Broadway and purchased a leather coat, suit, and polo shirts with $1,700 of counterfeit money before leaving the store. The store sent out an e-mail with a picture of the thief to all members of the company’s security staff. After viewing this e-mail, an employee at another branch of the store in Brooklyn recognized the counterfeiter when he entered that store forty-five minutes later, at 1:15 p.m. The intrepid employee attempted to apprehend the young man, and they got into a struggle, occasioning the store’s security team to use physical force. After subduing the young man, they found he was in possession of two of the four items taken earlier from the Broadway store. He was arrested on May 20 and charged with grand larceny. Perhaps he should have spent his bogus bucks on street vendor knock-offs instead.
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