2000-08-26 / Front Page

Shoplifter Hits Fashion Wave
‘No Cops On Block’, Says Owner

By Joan Ward George

Fashion Wave, an apparel and jewelry shop, located smack in the middle of the busy 200 block on Beach 116 street, was the scene of a shoplifting incident last Thursday, August 17, at 3 p.m. Quick action by the shop’s saleswoman resulted in Ellie Jenkins being arrested for stealing nearly $250 in store merchandise.

Ed Innes, the shop’s owner, was not on premises at the time of the shoplifting incident, but was furious when he later learned that there was no policeman on either of the blocks of the busy commercial strip for his salespeople to rely on.

Innes told The Wave earlier this week that there never seems to be a cop on the street anymore, unless it’s the scooter cops giving out tickets to those who choose to frequent the shops on Beach 116 street. "My salesperson had to run all the way down toward the boardwalk, where she was able to identify the alleged shoplifter to a policeman who was coming off the boards on a bicycle."

Jenkins, a 39 year old black male said to be homeless, was found to be in possession of several business slacks and dress blouses, originally thought to carry price tags of $244. However, Innes said that later police found more merchandise on the perp and the total was more accurately more than $400 in merchandise.

The merchants keep talking about it and talking about it, but, more often than not, there is no police presence on this street during business hours, especially during the summer season.

Innes is also angry because he was told that Jenkins would be charged with grand larceny, only to learn later that the charges against him ended up as petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. And, said Innes, to add insult to injury, Jenkins was released within hours of the incident. According to the Fashion Wave’s proprietor, he received mail this week from the district attorney’s office, stating that he could collect his shop’s merchandise from a Long Island City location.

Innes said that he plans on meeting with the precinct’s new captain as soon as possible to try to get a firm commitment for policemen to be assigned to Beach 116 street on a regular basis.

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