Oh, Staten Island, why are your criminals so entertaining? The latest bunch of ne'er-do-well's busted on Status Island to make us shake our heads? A pair of cross-dressing crooks who, police say, went pickpocketing credit cards this weekend so as to go on shopping spree.
Police arrested Eric Riley, 22, of Central Islip, and David Jackson, 24, of Manhattan, and their getaway driver John Brown, 47, of Brooklyn on Saturday after they allegedly swiped a credit card from a woman at a TJ Maxx at the Hylan Commons shopping plaza.
Their victim apparently mistook the 6' Riley for a "tall woman" and described his get-up (cowboy boots, a black halter top, tight "Daisy Duke" denim shorts and a “Barbie” nameplate necklace) and their car (a 2000 Hyundai Elantra) accurately enough for cops to catch the gang. When cops pulled the trio's car over they found one boosted credit card in Jackson’s purse, "and two others were in plain view in the car—one in a cupholder and the second on the floor by the back seat." Court papers refer to seven credit cards in total.
Both Jackson and Riley were wearing wigs, but Brown was not in drag, according to police. Meanwhile, the Post points out that Riley "advertises escort services online under the name 'Tiffany Long Hard'" So there is that. Meanwhile, where'd they go spend their ill gotten credit?
Jackson and Riley did all the shopping, court papers allege -- Jackson at NY & Co. on New Dorp Lane, Toys 'R' Us on Mill Road and ShopRite on Hylan Boulevard, all in New Dorp; Riley at Annie Sez on Hylan Boulevard in New Dorp and DSW on Richmond Ave. in New Springville.
All three suspects now face multiple counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and Riley and Jackson are also charged with petit larceny and attempted petit larceny, according to Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan's office.