Thieves Stole More than 1,000 Packages of Ice Cream in Manhattan: NYPD

Police are looking for three thieves they said made off with hundreds of cartons of ice cream and energy drinks from pharmacies and convenience stores in Manhattan over the last several months.

Duane Reade, CVS and Rite Aid stores have been hit 14 times during business hours between November and January, according to the NYPD. In each instance, thieves pilfered dozens of cartons and boxes of Haagen Daaz, Ben & Jerry’s or Talenti ice cream.

Authorities said they made off with nearly 1,200 ice cream bars and cartons.

They also stole Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Muscle Milk and cold medicine.

One store, a Duane Reade on Sixth Avenue between West 26th and West 27th streets, was hit four times over the three-month span.

Police have previously told DNAinfo that thieves have taken to targeting pharmacy chains for high-end ice cream cartons. They then turn and resell the ice cream to bodegas and corner stores throughout the city.

And earlier this month, Gristedes owner and former New York City mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis offered a $5,000 reward for thieves caught on camera loading up carts with Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen Daaz at a Chelsea location of his supermarket chain. They were later arrested.

Anyone with information about ice cream thefts should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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