Police nab watch store thief

Mi­chael Greed

Per­haps Mi­chael Greed might still be a free man had he dis­ap­peared after he al­legedly stole a watch from a May­fair store on April 19. But he got greedy, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Greed al­legedly re­turned to the same store, Henry of May­fair, at 7402 Frank­ford Ave., later that day and stole more watches. Two days later, Greed sold two of the stolen watches to a pawn shop, po­lice said. In­vest­ig­at­ors caught a break when a tip­ster saw sur­veil­lance video of the thefts and fingered Greed as the cul­prit. Act­ing on the tip, po­lice ar­res­ted Greed on May 10. 

Greed, 28, of the 4900 block of Prin­ceton Ave. in Ta­cony, is charged with theft and re­lated of­fenses.

Greed al­legedly went to the watch store twice on April 19 and stole watches both times. He dis­trac­ted the pro­pri­et­or by ask­ing to have a bat­tery re­placed on a watch that he had brought in­to the store, po­lice said. When the shop­keep­er went in­to his rear work­shop, Greed al­legedly raided a dis­play case and fled with a Cit­izen watch. A short time later, he re­turned to the store in dif­fer­ent cloth­ing and re­peated the grift, steal­ing sev­er­al more watches, po­lice said. ••

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