NYC grocers alarmed by uptick in theft, quality of life crimes

NEW YORK — Grocery store owners are convinced: the five-finger discount is back in a big way. An uptick in shoplifting and other violations during the coronavirus lockdown has hundreds of independent supermarket owners around the city complaining the NYPD hasn’t been responsive enough when they call — whether it’s about thieves, maskless shoppers or neighborhood drug peddlers. “We’re pretty much on our own,” said Pedro Goico, who owns six grocery stores in the Bronx and Brooklyn. “Right now, it’s very tough to be in the grocery store business. We’re getting no help from the city.”Goico said his ...


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