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NYC serial shoplifter, 22, used to go on shoplifting sprees in plain sight

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Isaac Rodriguez, 22, has a long criminal record for his serial drugstore and retail thefts in New York City

A kleptomaniac in New York City holds the record for most shoplifting in one year.

In 2021, Isaac Rodriguez, 22, was arrested 46 times for shoplifting.

During that spree, he stole from Walgreen stores at least 37 times — including one Queens store that he hit at least 23 times.

In all, he was arrested 57 times for crimes, including minor and major theft and gang assault.

The 22-year-old has been a serial shoplifter since he was just 15 years old.

Since his criminal record began in 2015, he has collected 74 offences, The New York Post reported.

From baby food, lotion, lingerie and Dove soap to energy drinks and Sensodyne toothpaste, Rodriguez reportedly stole from dozens of stores in plain sight.

Police said he would usually enter the intended robbery site with a bag he would fill with items he deemed useful while store managers and employees looked on.

Rodriguez was jailed this summer after bail to arrest him was set at $15,000 by Queens Criminal Court judge David Kirschner.

Although his shoplifting criminal record was serial, most of Rodriguez’s offenses were ineligible for bail.

But after being arrested for the 13th time on Aug. 24 for shoplifting at a Walgreens in Corona, he was unable to walk free because of a statue that allowed bail if a person is caught committing a crime while he was on his own behalf for another crime.

Rodriguez’s criminal past was limited to thefts, including petty and grand theft until this summer, when his crime wave took a violent turn.

In June, Rodriguez and other men robbed, beat and stabbed 39-year-old Pablo Cusco in Jackson Heights after Cusco gave them a dollar they asked for.

Commissioner Dermot Shea shared the article from Rodriguez's posts on Saturday, tweeting: 'Insanity.  No other way to describe the resulting crime that came out of the disastrous bail law reform.

Commissioner Dermot Shea shared the article from Rodriguez’s posts on Saturday, tweeting: ‘Insanity. No other way to describe the resulting crime that came out of the disastrous bail law reform.”

When Cusco refused to give his cell phone to the group, he was left with injuries to his legs and buttocks and had to be treated at Elmhurst Hospital.

“He almost killed me. He should definitely stay in jail,” Cusco told The Post. “I was beaten and stabbed a lot with a knife. I’m still scared because maybe they’ll find me again.’

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with gang assault, and allowed to leave prison on his own recognizance, allowing him to steal from the Walgreens in Corona in August.

However, another Walgreen was hit by Rodriguez even more often than the one in Corona.

Police say Rodriguez attacked the drugstore at 91-08 Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights at least 23 times.

“This man comes here to steal every day, every day. He comes and he steals,” the manager told the Post.

‘We call 112 and file a report, and that’s it. Our company policy is that if someone comes because of a security problem, we cannot stop them. There’s nothing we can do,” the manager added.

They claimed that Rodriguez had been stealing from the store for over a year, sometimes even three times in the same day.

Other stores Rodriguez stole from include CVS, Target, Victoria’s Secret, and Macy’s.

“If you look at his criminal record, there is no pivotal moment. He has a storm of criminal activity in his life. The results have not deterred him from this path. There is a pattern of behavior that perpetuates a cycle of crime here. And it hasn’t stopped,” a police officer told The Post.

According to police, Rodriguez targeted a drugstore at 91-08 Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights at least 23 times.  The manager claimed that Rodriguez had been stealing from the store for over a year, sometimes even three times in the same day

According to police, Rodriguez targeted a drugstore at 91-08 Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights at least 23 times. The manager claimed that Rodriguez had been stealing from the store for over a year, sometimes even three times in the same day

Commissioner Dermot Shea shared the article on Rodriguez’s posts on Saturday, tweeting: ‘Insanity. No other way to describe the crime that has resulted from the disastrous bail law reform.”

New York City has seen a record number of shoplifting.

In September, the city experienced the most reports of shoplifting since 1995, at 26,385. Thirty-two percent more than last year.

Michael LiPetri, the NYPD’s chief of crime-fighting strategies, told The Post that shoplifters don’t usually bear the same responsibility as offenders faced with other crimes.

LiPetri said 37 percent of those arrested for theft have already committed a crime.

Methods such as increasing police patrols in neighborhoods heavily affected by shoplifters have been implemented, but the numbers remain higher than ever.

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