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NYC Luxury Theft Boss Planned Own ‘Department Store,’ City Says

  • Authorities bust retail ring that hit Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s
  • Ringleader allegedly aspired to run warehouse of stolen goods
New York Attorney General Letitia James

New York Attorney General Letitia James

Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg
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The alleged ringleader of an elaborate scheme to shoplift luxury goods from Bloomingdale’s, Sephora and other retail outlets and resell them on Amazon and eBay had big dreams, New York authorities said in announcing charges against 41 people.

Roni Rubinov, accused of leading a New York City theft ring that disguised the stealing as isolated “smash and grab” incidents, even signed a lease in 2019 on a warehouse in which he planned to open a sort of “department store” of stolen goods, the mayor’s office said Thursday.