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Reward offered to catch ice cream thieves

By on August 12, 2016

SAN JUAN – Multimillionaire John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes supermarkets, was sick and tired of ice cream thieves constantly hitting his business and offered a $5,000 reward to anyone providing information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the criminals.

Catsimatidis offered the reward money through his Twitter account, saying “Ice cream bandits are wreaking havoc on NYC supermarkets,” a quote from a headline in one of the city’s tabloid newspapers.

Police officials have confirmed some 250 complaints of ice cream theft and have arrested 130 suspects so far this year.

According to police reports, the biggest single theft was around 100 to 125 tubs of ice cream worth some $700 to $800, with stores in Manhattan being hit hardest.

Questioned whether he believed his $5,000 reward would turn up any clues to catch the thieves, Catsimatidis said it’s possible the corner store owner buying the ice cream would turn in the thieves.

“It’s a nice summer reward,” he said.

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