NEW YORK — Police are investigating a heist at a high-end e-scooter retailer.
Surveillance video reveals a gaggle of thieves sauntering right into a SoHo retailer at night time, and over the subsequent 5 hours, into morning, the masked robbers steal dozens of electrical scooters and bikes.
It occurred at Inokim Electric Scooter Shop on Elizabeth Street.
“It was planned, it was executed,” proprietor Max Beckman informed CBS2’s Ali Bauman. “We counted about 16 individuals, 16 perps, who came in and came out with our scooter, two or three scooter at a time and just went in some direction.”
He says about two weeks in the past, the thieves broke the lockbox, which he saved outdoors, and used the important thing to interrupt in.
“The detectives have told me they’re part of a ring that robs lockboxes from businesses,” Beckman stated.
Police didn’t verify the ring to CBS2, however Beckman says the group cleared out the shop, stealing about 50 e-scooters. Each one is valued at $2,000-3,000.
Police sources inform CBS2 electrical scooters and bikes are scorching gadgets this summer season for theft as a result of they’ve excessive resale worth and make for handy getaway automobiles in different crimes.
This month alone, police say a gaggle of suspects beat a 23-year-old man for his e-bike in Queens and one other suspect robbed a person at gunpoint for his e-bike in Gramercy.
Back on the SoHo retailer, Beckman says three of the stolen scooters had GPS trackers and detectives have been capable of finding one being ridden close by.
“He end up giving the names of the people he got the scooter from, and the detectives arrested them,” Beckman stated.
So far, the NYPD has arrested 4 suspects for housebreaking and possession of stolen property.