GRAVESEND, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A thief tried to boost 36 pairs of slippers from a Gravesend discount store and shoved a woman who gave chase to the ground, the NYPD said Wednesday.
The slipper swiper grabbed a box packed with the footwear outside the J + L 99 Cent store on Stillwell Avenue near Bay 49th Street around 1:50 p.m. on June 10 and tried to walk off, police said.
A 32-year-old worker ran after the crook and grabbed hold of the box, but he shoved her to the sidewalk and threw the slippers at her before fleeing empty-handed, authorities said.
The worker suffered what police described as a minor injury to her left elbow, but declined medical attention.
The suspect, who was last seen running southbound on Stillwell Avenue, was described as having a large build, black hair, and facial hair. He wore a blue baseball cap with “New York” written on the front, a black long-sleeve shirt with the Champion logo on the front, gray pants, and black sneakers.
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