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Shoplifter that even Alvin Bragg wanted locked up is let go after 122nd arrest

Even lefty Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg wanted him behind bars.

A shoplifter with 122 busts underneath his belt was launched on his personal recognizance Wednesday because of controversial bail reform legal guidelines Bragg sometimes defends — and the DA’s office informed The Post that even prosecutors would have requested for pre-trial detention if they might.

In the newest reported case of lax metropolis crime insurance policies run amok, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, based on cops and courtroom paperwork.

Bragg’s office informed The Post that it will have requested McLucas be detained if it might, protecting consistent with the DA’s latest announcement that he wanted to clamp down on serial shoplifters.

“We can’t settle for a system the place people who shoplift many times cycle out and in of jail, simply to shoplift once more,’’ Bragg had stated in a June 17 assertion — two days earlier than metropolis business house owners revealed the alleged soft-on-crime DA assured them he would launch a crackdown on such thefts.  

Super shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas
Super shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas was let go after his 122nd arrest.
Steven Hirsch
Super shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas
McLucas was launched on his personal recognizance due of controversial bail reform legal guidelines.
Steven Hirsch

But even although the bust was McLucas’ fiftieth arrest this year alone, he didn’t have some other open instances in opposition to him.

Since prosecutors can solely request bail on this type of misdemeanor if the perp different instances pending in opposition to him, theirs and the choose’s fingers had been tied.

“It’s f- -k,ing ridiculous,’’ a veteran NYPD detective informed The Post. “They simply preserve letting him out, and he does the identical factor once more.

“I feel so bad for the people who own retail stores. What’s the purpose anymore?”

Records present McLucas was charged with two misdemeanors for the Tuesday afternoon crime: petit larceny for shoplifting and legal possession of a managed substance.

Authorities believed they discovered a pipe containing “crack cocaine residue” in his pocket, based on his grievance.

McLucas was granted supervised launch by the choose. He has beforehand been convicted of two felonies and 29 misdemeanors. He additionally has 20 missed courtroom appearances. His court-appointed lawyer didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

His arrest comes simply after Bragg introduced his plan to attempt to curb rampant shoplifting and smash-and-go robberies in partnership with business teams.

Super shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas
This was McLucas’ fiftieth arrest this year.
Steven Hirsch
Super shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas
A veteran of the NYPD stated the discharge of McLucas was “f- -k,ing ridiculous.”
Steven Hirsch

Part of Bragg’s plan consists of “targeted deterrence,’’ which means his prosecutors will now ask for no less than pre-trial detention for accused thieves who’ve prior felony convictions, a number of open instances and a historical past of skipping out on courtroom dates.

Bragg’s prosecutors may even work to mixture quite a few misdemeanor fees to make them a felony, based on business chief Kathy Wylde.

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