Child Thieves Terrorizing NYC Establishments: ‘Police can’t arrest me, I’m just a kid’

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NEW YORK CITY (VINnews) — A gang of thieves has been targeting bars and other establishments in New York. What makes these bandits unusual–they are all under ten years old.

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Jacob Rabinowitz, owner of the Amsterdam Ale House, was at the bar on West 76th Street this weekend when, he said, he spotted one of the children who robbed his patrons back in February. The child was panhandling outside his business.

Rabinowitz was quoted by the NY Post, saying he chased the boy away and went on to warn other businesses — when the boy allegedly threatened him.

When the pub owner warned the child that he would call the police, the boy allegedly replied: “The police can’t arrest me, I’m just a kid.”

The same three boys, between 8 and 9 years old, have been targeting businesses in Manhattan and Brooklyn for months. They have gone from snatching money in unattended bags to stealing cash from open safes, according to the Post.

In February when two of the boys grabbed food off a table, pushed a customer and brandished a knife he grabbed off a table, according to the manager.

On Aug. 13, at Upside on Amsterdam at West 89th Street, a boy stole $600 in cash from an open safe, cops said.

At 8:30 p.m. last Monday at Lexington Publick, one little thief got about $700 in cash from the safe.

The Stone Street Tavern manager said that at first, they seemed like normal children selling chocolate and accompanied by their mothers.

“The lads will pretend to go downstairs to the bathroom. That’s where all the offices and the rooms that are for employees only,” the manager said. “And they go right for the employees’ purses or bags or coats or wallets or whatever they could find.

The manager called the situation “really really sad” and said even if they kick the children out, they always return, sometimes the same day.

Rabinowitz agreed that very little can be done. He said a police officer told him that there was nothing cops could do when he alerted him to the child’s presence outside his bar.


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Jay
Jay
8 months ago

Hire 10 year old security guards with batons and let them beat the crap out of those kids… kids vs kids..

No law in order
No law in order
8 months ago

Please what’s not forget the political party that made this happen and it’s supporters.

Emes
Emes
8 months ago

Arrest their mothers and put the kids in foster care.
I didn’t say arrest their fathers because probably no one knows who they are.

Johnny, CPA
Johnny, CPA
8 months ago

Beat them up.

Aguttenshabbos
Aguttenshabbos
8 months ago

KEEP VOTING DEMOCRAT. YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR!!!

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
8 months ago

Bring back broken windows and make Rudy mayor again. this issue will be solved too

One thing I can tell you
One thing I can tell you
8 months ago

These minority criminals are future democrat voters.

Enough
Enough
8 months ago

The real problem is chain stores are afraid to arrest these thieves and we pay higher prices to cover there loses

The_Truth
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The_Truth
8 months ago

Isn’t this is what Juvie is for?

Michael
Michael
8 months ago

What happened to juvenile delinquent detention centers?

Mee hoo ze
Mee hoo ze
8 months ago

Make “employee only” rooms that lock automatically. Leave some cash bait and only open it a week later. You can leave some moldy bread and putrid water for the vagabond to eat while rethinking his choice of lifestyle.

hard at work yeshiva grad
hard at work yeshiva grad
8 months ago

acc. to nyt/yaffed: probably yeshiva boys forced to panhandle due to no education.

Triumphinwhitehouse
Triumphinwhitehouse
8 months ago

Poor minority kids look what poverty made them do

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
8 months ago

A headline ripped right out the newspapers in the 1980s

Stick to the narrative please
Stick to the narrative please
8 months ago

Trump is a white nationalist racist.