New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams said his administration “will not sit back” amid a rise in store theft that has prompted thieves to remove some store shelves.
The Democrat, who is running to become the city’s next mayor, hopes an attitude to law enforcement will be kryptonite towards people like “Man of Steal,” who has been stolen for shoplifting 46 times this year but remained put back on the street.
“On the first day, I will visit my areas and tell my officers that I have your back,” Adams said Thursday during a performance on Fox 5 New York.
“I know what it’s like to wear the bulletproof vest to protect children and families in the city,” said the retired NYPD officer.
“And I want to tell them that we are not sitting back and watching people walk into Duane Reades and other stores and grab garbage bags full of supplies. And ATVs driving up and down our roads. ”
Adams will face GOP candidate and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa in this year’s election amid top law enforcement claims that criminals feel empowered to break the law, while officers and prosecutors are prevented from stopping them.
“So they get a mayor who understands the difficulty of policing, but most importantly, if you do not understand the nobility of public protection, you can not serve in my department,” Adams said.
“We can get the justice we deserve and the security we need. That is the balance we must show. ”
The Post reported exclusively about Isaac Rodriguez, a 22-year-old Queens man who was arrested 57 times this year, including 46 times for retail theft.
Rodriguez is one of many shoplifters reportedly marching into stores, filling bags and going straight out, sources said. Some pharmacies that are targets say they report the thefts but do not allow staff to try to stop them for safety reasons.
Small bandits arrested for shoplifting are usually back on the street, possibly allowing some to go back to their sticky ways. Pharmacy shelves throughout the Big Apple have become partially barren due to the increased thefts, The Post reported.
During his appearance on Fox, Adams, the president of Brooklyn City, was asked about high-profile alleged gang violence in the five boroughs. The latest incident in the city came earlier in the day when a 14-year-old boy was grazed in the head by a bullet as he jumped on a bus in Harlem.
“We need to relocate our police officers, look at the dangerous places, and then we need to reintroduce a weapons-fighting unit, plain clothes, and reset on these gang members that they are really committing crime in our city,” Adams said.