I witnessed a theft this morning. I was just getting out of my car at the Dollar Store downtown when this guy came rushing out of the store with a 12 pack of beer in his right hand. He was running fast towards Lake Avenue, making a left hand turn from the store towards Bryant Park. He was about 5' 10", red shirt, dark Bermuda shorts, curly light brown or blondish hair.
When I entered the store, one of the customers at the cash register asked me if I had seen the guy. "Yes," I said, "What is the store going to do about it?" The clerk pointed out the store manager and I repeated what I saw. Apparently they are used to petty theft there and don't report it. "Why not," I asked. He then informed me that they would have cop cars there all day long. I asked about a security camera in the store..."Don't you have a video that could possibly ID this thief?" They were not the least bit interested...just the cost of doing business, I guess. I did have to say that I was astounded at their disinterest and blasé attitude.
Merchants should not be enablers to this sort of crime or it will escalate. Their attitude was, "It won't do any good to call the police." I called Commissioner Amoroso who said he would take care of it.