Just like Batman, billionaire businessman and formal mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis is cleaning up New York's streets and making bodega ice cream safe again, one ice cream bandit at a time. But it seems The Catsman still has a lot more work to do.
The original ice cream thieves were caught in Brooklyn shortly after Catsimatidis placed a $5,000 bounty on their heads, but it appears that a copycat trio has been pilfering Ben & Jerry's, Häagen-Dazs, and Talenti pints from drugstores from Tribeca to the Upper East Side.
According to the NYPD, these three ice cream Robin Hoods have stolen more than 700 pints from Rite Aid, Duane Reade, and CVS stores around Manhattan last year and this past January. They've also nabbed $1,000 worth of cold medication, Red Bull, Muscle Milk, and 5-Hour Energy drinks.
"They keep stealing it because it's an easy item to sell," Catsimatidis told the Post after 49 pints of Häagen-Dazs and 31 pints of Ben & Jerry's were stolen from his Gristides store in Chelsea. Shoplifters then resell the stolen pints (and other goods) to bodegas for as low as 10 percent of the retail price. (Bodega ice cream isn't even cheaper than grocery store ice cream!)
The NYPD is looking for the three suspects—it is not clear whether they're connected to the original ice cream duo, both of whom are currently being held in lieu of bail. Cops say there have been more than 250 complaints of ice cream theft and 130 ice cream theft-related arrests this year alone.