"How much further do we have to go to realize this is not just another panty raid?" Or is it?
A man was arrested after reportedly raiding a Victoria's Secret Pink store in Union Square on several occasions this month, Central Station Capt. Garret Tom said in a newsletter Thursday.
Anthony Robinson, 55, who police say is a transient, was arrested Feb. 19 after allegedly attempting to steal several types of panties on three previous occasions.
The first incident occurred Feb. 8, when Robinson is alleged to have entered the store in the 300 block of Powell Street and went over to the panty display and began stuffing panties into his jacket, Tom said. The store's manager and another employee attempted to stop him, but Robinson reportedly shoved the manager into a display table, bruising her. He allegedly stuffed more panties into his coat before security stopped him and had him empty his pockets. He was told not to come back. But police say he did.
On Feb. 13, Robinson is reported to have entered the store again and attempted to steal more panties. An officer was in the area at the time and again Robinson was ordered to leave the store because they did not want to press charges.
Robinson is alleged to have come back to the store five days later and that time was successfully able to pilfer 50 pairs of panties worth over $500.
The manager called police the next day and officers apprehended him about 10 feet away from the store, on his way back to the Victoria's Secret Pink again, they said.
He was booked on charges of burglary, robbery and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. He also had four active warrants.