A homeless New York man with 30 prior unsealed arrests said he was ‘stealing for a living’ after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors during his arraignment for petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, according to a report.
Laron Mack, 50, was approached by the New York Post after his court appearance and put his hand to his face to shield himself from the camera.
“No, you want pictures of me, you want a video of me, it costs money. I’m broke, homeless and stealing for a living,” Mack said.
The reporter asked Mack what he was stealing, to which he replied “beer”. When asked what he did with his stolen beer, he replied that he would not comment without compensation.
“Police say of Mack’s many arrests, 30 are unsealed, mostly for petty offenses such as petty larceny, which is not eligible for bail under state law. “, said the To post wrote.
In their latest incident, police say Mack and another man punched a Duane Reade in the 1500 block of Second Avenue on the Upper East Side on Wednesday, the To post reported. They stole Bud Light, oatmeal and sausage, police said.
A criminal complaint said an employee saw Mack and the other man place the products in a bag before walking out without paying, the To post noted. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday under a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to parole. He was ordered to complete a series of meetings with the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) as a condition of the deal. He is due back in court on June 3 at 9 a.m., court records online To display.
Wednesday’s incident comes after he was arrested earlier this month for allegedly stealing a Duane Reade in Hamilton Heights. The police told the To post he allegedly removed Reese’s peanut butter cups and a 12-pack of Modelo from the store on March 4 and was apprehended the following day.
Mack’s latest arrest comes as New York City suffered a sharp rise in crime in 2022. From January 1 to March 20, the seven major criminal offenses – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand theft and grand theft of autos – jumped 45.2% from the same period in 2021, according to crime statistics from the New York Police Department. In addition, petty theft is up 35.8% over the same period.