Police: Man stealing cosmetics threatens to stab people with needle

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76th Precinct

Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill–Red Hook

To the point

Cops cuffed a guy on July 15 who they say stole thousands of dollars worth of cosmetics from a store on Smith Street and threatened someone in the store with a needle after saying he had HIV on July 12.

The 30-year-old suspect stuffed his pockets with $2,257 worth of cosmetics, and when someone in the store between Warren and Baltic streets tried to stop him, the two got into a fight and the suspect displayed the needle, according to authorities.

But the guy left without hurting anyone and police arrested him three days later, officials said.

Up in smoke

Police arrested a man who they say had untaxed cigarettes from Virginia in his car on First Place on July 15.

Officers pulled over the 21-year-old suspect for disobeying a traffic light near Court Street at about 4:30 am and discovered he had $166,200 worth of butts in his car, according to authorities.

— Julianne Cuba

Updated 5:56 pm, July 9, 2018
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