By Gretchen Berger
Pet Central, a pet store at 235 W. 76th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, was broken into at approximately 12:45 a.m. on Friday. At 12:52 a.m., the perpetrator was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief.
Alfred Reed, 40, allegedly smashed Pet Central’s glass door with a brick, police said, entered and removed two cash drawers containing $270. The police arrested him shortly after, the manager told the Rag. This is the second burglary for the store in four months, the manager said. Previously, an ebike was stolen. That thief was also apprehended.
Surely this is not this man’s first arrest. Will there be any punishment to discourage rampant burglary in the neighborhood, or will politicians’ concern remain exclusively on ‘equity’?
Are you kidding? New Yorkers have resoundingly voted in favor of no bail and raise the age so we get what we vote for (excluding me and sounds like you) high crime and recidivist scum criminals. We the people…are not too smart.
Is this a joke ?
Why don’t the store owners get it together and put a burglar alarm and put up gates!
If you are an owner of a store then protect it, it’s your obligation. You can’t say you don’t have the money then you don’t need a store….
This is how businesses is run…. you need gates and a burglar alarm and don’t leave money in the cash register, leave a little window sign outside your store window, “no cash in the cash register” and leave the cash draw open!
And I’m sick and tired of hearing owners of stores saying…. “I don’t have the money to do it”. If you don’t have the money to do it then don’t open a store. It’s your obligation of doing business.
Have you started a business for yourself? Do you know how much goes into it? How dare you preach what a business should do . The audacity – you have no idea how much a business owner puts into their store and cares for it – more than you’ll EVER know. Then you brag below about shopping online and you don’t care about these local stores.
How dare you? It is because of people like YOU who have ruined our neighborhood small local businesses because you don’t give a crap about anyone but yourself.
Once again – this city needs to get a hold of its laws, burglaries and shoplifting, like it did under Bloomberg. And it’s too bad this neighborhood has people that express this lack of respect for hard working mom and pop shops.
Yup, much of this advice is Store Owner 101!
Remember Joan Rivers? OH PLEASE.
Exactly ! Love Joan Rivers….RIP
Go ahead. Blame the victim.
No, blame the victim that was not prepared for something like this. It is Business 101.
Empty storefronts. Definitely better
Why not? I’m not gonna shop in them anyhow just a waste of space if you ask me.
I shop online.!
Most of the stores are a waste of time to go to and will eventually close. What we need are more easier shopping grocery stores and i’m not talking about bodegas or deli,’s,… More social stores where you can go in with your kids or friends and computers or iPhones and socialize and watch TV with good fun foods inside and out.
And while talking about deli’s when are they going to get it together and have more of a “gourmet style” of store and that every day BS that people don’t buy and sits on the counter gathering dust. These deli owners that own these small stores could do so much better business if they get a little more creative and learn what people want to buy.
All they have to do is pick up an old Howard Johnson’s menu!!!
sheesh talk about victim blaming over here.
Of course they are punished. Typically 20 minutes in the waiting area and warm coffee.
It’s not blaming the victim to point out ways to avert burglaries. The advice given is good.
We’re all flailing around trying to deal with stuff. I agree, the advice isn’t bad.
Would ppl just stop wailing on each other and have a conversation? Sheesh is right!
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Astounding the police arrested him within 7 minutes of the break-in!!!! THAT’s the story I’d like to hear more about. Hooray for the police, on the job at 12:52am!!!!! This business must have a burglar alarm. Good for them. But yes, why leave any money in the cash register. Good idea to leave sign in window “No Cash in Cash Register.”
Sometimes leaving a small amount of cash is enough to make the burglar happy and leave without trashing the store looking for other items of value. Unfortunately, the costs of his smashing the glass door far outweigh the couple hundred dollars left in the register. I couldn’t care less about supposed discrimination – businesses should be allowed to be cashless.
I hope their shop cat is ok. I always check for it in the window when I pass by.
If anything happened to the shop cat (if she is lost), pls post a description so we can be on the lookout for her.
Same here. And I do that too! Her name is Sophie, and she’s 9 or 10 years old.
Wondering if this guy is also responsible for the spate of break-ins of restaurants in the same zip code. I’d like to think so. The number of incidents is positively outrageous.
So am I right in assuming that no one uses metal roll down gates anymore? Sounds like they should be.