NYC shopkeeper robbed twice by marauding bandits

NYC shopkeeper robbed twice by marauding bandits


Kenneth Giddon has co-owned Rothmans males’s clothes retailer in Manhattan along with his brother Jim Giddon for 36 years. Final month the store in Union Sq. was robbed twice by marauding smash-and-grab gangs who terrorized workers and made off with 1000’s of {dollars} in merchandise. An undaunted Kenneth Giddon tells The Put up’s Dean Balsamini that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and different NYC pols may be giving up on crime, however he won’t ever give up to thieves and thugs.

My retailer on 18th Road and Park Avenue South was ransacked/robbed by the identical group of younger males, twice within the final three weeks of December. I’m not fairly certain what the time period is when a gang of thieves (5 the primary time, eight the second time) overtly tears aside a retailer, assaults an worker, and grabs as a lot merchandise as they’ll perform. They weren’t notably troubled by their actions, and figured a repeat efficiency, since there have been no repercussions, was a good suggestion.

I’ve a variety of feelings. I’m embarrassed that we let it occur, particularly twice, though I do know that’s considerably irrational. I really feel violated that one thing that we spent a lot time creating, curating and making lovely for our loyal clients will be torn up in a couple of minutes. I additionally really feel responsible that I used to be not there to guard my crew, or change the end result in any means.

For the primary time in over three many years of proudly owning my retailer, I keep up nights attempting to course of what this implies for my enterprise, and in the end, the town that I like.

We known as the police each instances, however the group was lengthy gone earlier than any assist may arrive. We now have moved ahead to boost our safety, and the police have been excellent about including patrols and protection in our space.

Giddon’s retailer was robbed twice in December by the identical group of thieves.
Stephen Yang for NY Put up

The responding officers had been skilled and sympathetic. They stated it was occurring everywhere in the metropolis, however their message was very clear: Don’t interact, the perpetrators in all probability have weapons, and even for those who cease them, or we arrest them, nothing will occur. You’ll waste your time within the system, and they won’t be penalized. So the place does that go away us?

The cops stated, ‘We’re going to catch these guys … however don’t anticipate these guys to do time.” That’s disheartening.

I’m not an knowledgeable on prison justice or reforms. I’m only a man that sells pants.

NY State bail reform, whereas effectively intentioned, has been very unhealthy for New York Metropolis. Too many individuals that needs to be incarcerated should not. The flexibility of perpetrators to rob my retailer, get arrested, and are available again the following day to do it once more, tears on the material of this metropolis.

I just like the message that new mayor Eric Adams delivered.

Nonetheless, that message was undercut by the subsequent memo by DA Bragg that he would cut back fees on a lot of crimes. I do know he wasn’t the DA on the time of our incidents. However the memo was a punch within the intestine.

Police told Giddon that the robbery suspects that will likely not receive jail time due to bail reform laws.
Police informed Giddon that the theft suspects that may probably not obtain jail time resulting from bail reform legal guidelines.
Stephen Yang for NY Put up

DA Bragg wants to understand that notion is actuality. If New Yorkers really feel unsafe, the town will wrestle to come back again. If criminals really feel that regulation enforcement is lax, they are going to commit extra crimes.

My workers are like household to us. They construct their careers with us. Nobody ought to need to go to work considering they could be concerned in an assault that day.

DA Bragg was elected to implement the legal guidelines, not select which of them he desires to implement.

Not defending companies is basically a regressive tax on retailers: financial loss coupled with further safety prices and better insurance coverage premiums. Shoplifting and gang thefts are rising dramatically in NYC. Bail reform, and lesser prosecution allow criminals to return to what they do greatest, many instances on the identical day, emboldened and with out lacking a beat. 

However we aren’t giving up.

Giddon calls Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's crime policies a "punch in the gut" after the robberies.
Giddon calls Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s crime insurance policies a “punch within the intestine” after the robberies.
Stephen Yang for NY Put up

Rothmans has survived 9/11, Superstorm Sandy, the 2008 monetary disaster, the pandemic and looting throughout the riots. In reality, we simply opened one other retailer on Ninth Avenue. So we’re in for the long term.

I’m inspired by the truth that the DA heard of our plight and reached out to me immediately this week. We had a constructive dialog and mentioned a formation of a activity power of outlets and regulation enforcement consultants to cope with the state of affairs.

We imagine that the Mayor and the DA must, and ultimately will, get on the identical web page about regulation and order. Then we will simply get again to what we do greatest — promoting garments to New Yorkers.

We are going to go to work right this moment, nonetheless loving, however generally hating, the best metropolis on the earth.



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