In July, the police asked for the public's assistance to catch a man suspected of robbing 19 bodegas delis or grocery stores since February. The suspect, who targeted location in Brooklyn and Manhattan, would demands money from the store employee while brandishing a gun and would also take cigarettes. Now, police have apparently arrested James Harvell Jr. for the robberies, but the Daily News suggests he could have been arrested sooner, if not for "poor police communication."
According to the News, "The NYPD distributed photos of Harvell, 38, in July, but the spree continued, partially thanks to poor police communication. Harvell was busted July 26 in Brownsville for driving without a license, but was released the next day when no one connected him to the robberies. But on the evening of Aug. 5, Harvell gave cops a gift: he entered a bodega at 451 Classon Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, pulled a handgun and prepared for a quick hit. But the store clerk had trouble opening the register, so Harvell grabbed it himself, dropping the loot bag in the process, court papers state."
The police were able to match a fingerprint on the "loot bag" to Harvell, who has 20 prior arrests. The News adds, "He served nine years in prison from 1995 to 2004 for shooting a man during a robbery." No one in these robberies was injured.