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Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis, police officers security for his stores

Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis, police officers security for his stores
Former police officers will be hired by Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis to provide security for the company's retail locations.
New security measures have been put in place at Gristedes supermarkets in the wake of the Trader Joe's "hamburglar" break-in.

Following this week's caught-on-camera "hamburglar" heist of steaks from a rival Trader Joe's store, the Gristedes supermarket chain has increased its security.

"We're increasing the number of security personnel we employ. Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis said during a press conference Thursday that he plans to hire a lot of former police officers.

There's also less meat being packed into cases now because of our efforts to reduce waste. In other words, we replenish more often.”

Recent shoplifting incidents have risen by 40 to 50 percent, according to WABC-TV. According to the station, he also blamed bail reform for an increase in crime in the city.

Trader Joe's announced two days after the New York Post published an exclusive video of an East Village man allegedly stealing 10 packages of meat from the store on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, a thief allegedly stole ten packages of meat from a Trader Joe's in the East Village.
On Tuesday morning, a thief allegedly stole ten packages of meat from a Trader Joe's in the East Village.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, shoplifting has become a major problem at Gristedes in Greenwich Village, with one employee saying it has "gotten worse every day."

The employee complained that criminals who have been caught are returning to the streets too quickly.

According to the worker, "they're out on the streets, not even staying in jail" as a result of recent bail reforms.

'They won't even prosecute them due to bail reform laws,' said another employee.

Worker: "It is because of this that the city is out of control."

As light as possible is our goal when stocking the shelves. I can't believe how crazy this is getting."

Neither Catsimatidis nor the Post were able to get a response from him.

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Al Sharpton made a public plea to Mayor Eric Adams to crack down on retail thefts Wednesday, complaining about the extreme measures that some merchants have taken to deter crooks.

"You've got to get some help to assist you," the famed civil-rights activist said when he went to a local pharmacy like Duane Reade or Rite Aid.

At Catsimatidis' stores, shoplifting incidents rose between 40% and 50% in recent weeks, he said.
At Catsimatidis' stores, shoplifting incidents rose between 40% and 50% in recent weeks, he said.

"They have the little button, and the buzzer goes off, and the guy comes over and unlocks your toothpaste. The point is that "I mean, we're talking about the fundamentals here."

Walgreens near Herald Square in New York City was visited by The Post on Thursday and found more than two dozen types of products, including laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid as well as mothballs and candy bars.

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