‘Professional’ NYC shoplifter busted for the 99th time

A profession shoplifter — who described herself as a “professional booster” after a few of her earlier busts made headlines — was arrested for at the very least her 99th time this week, police stated Thursday.

Michelle McKelley, 42, was arrested round 8 p.m. Wednesday at a Duane Reade on Third Avenue at East 106th Street in East Harlem, in keeping with police.

At her arraignment in Manhatten Criminal Court on Thursday McKelley was granted supervised launch as soon as once more by the choose.

McKelley — who has been caught and let go in a revolving door after her earlier busts — was noticed on the retailer filling a bag with gadgets after which making an attempt to depart with out paying, cops stated. 

When retailer safety ordered her to take away the purloined gadgets, McKelley refused, cops stated.

She then allegedly struck the shop guard repeatedly within the arm with a buying basket, in keeping with police. A police spokeswoman stated she wasn’t conscious of what the gadgets had been.

Michelle McKelley, 42, was arrested for her 99th time this week for shoplifting.
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Michelle McKelley walks outside.

McKelley describes herself as a “skilled booster.”
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Michelle McKelley appears in court.
McKelley allegedly struck the shop guard repeatedly within the arm with a buying basket.
Steven Hirsch

McKelley was charged with theft, tried petit larceny and felony possession of a weapon, police stated.

Her final bust got here in May when she was charged with 10 separate petty larcenies from the Rite Aid at Second Avenue and East 96th Street, cops stated.

A Manhattan Criminal Court choose launched Mckelley after she pleaded responsible to 1 depend of petit larceny and three counts of disorderly conduct. The profession shoplifter was informed she should full 5 classes of a program for recidivist offenders or she’ll danger a 90-jail sentence, Judge Lumarie Maldonado-Cruz stated. 

“I haven’t got caught in a long time,” McKelley told cops in February after allegedly stealing from a Target.
“I haven’t bought caught in a very long time,” McKelley informed cops in February after allegedly stealing from a Target.
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Cops on the time stated the bust was McKelley’s 108th, although officers stated the Thursday bust was simply her 99th, with out explaining the discrepancy.

She was additionally busted in February — and after being launched at her listening to she boasted about her “hustle.”

McKelley allegedly stole from a Target on Third Avenue close to East seventieth Street in February, telling cops, “I haven’t bought caught in a very long time,” prosecutors stated in Manhattan Criminal Court on the time.

On Thursday, McKelley was charged with robbery, attempted petit larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.
On Thursday, McKelley was charged with theft, tried petit larceny and felony possession of a weapon.
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“I’m an expert booster. Y’all are stopping my hustle,” she allegedly informed officers.

Speaking to The Post after the listening to, Mckelley described how she “professionally obscures” gadgets.

“I’ve to get a brand new outfit … so I’ve to go work,” Mckelley stated on the time when requested if she’d proceed.

After that arrest, Judge Rachel Pauley questioned prosecutors after they put in a request for supervised launch: “You’re not asking for bail, folks?”

Mckelley’s public defender supported the request, saying her consumer was complying with supervised launch till round Dec. 1, when she turned homeless.

“I’m simply not satisfied she’s going to conform,” Pauley stated, citing Mckelley’s 27 failures to seem in court docket.

But nonetheless, the choose agreed to free Mckelley below the supervision of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). She warned Mckelley to not miss a single appointment, to not get arrested once more and to ensure to point out as much as her subsequent listening to, in any other case a choose may problem a warrant and set bail.

It was not clear if the February fees have but been adjudicated.

A Manhattan cop stated he was fed up with the revolving-door justice.

“They are making a mockery of the system,” the supply stated.

“This is ridiculous,” he stated. “Alvin Bragg, higher pray a Republican doesn’t come into being governor as a result of his ass is grass. Why doesn’t anybody query Hochul about this? Do you assume that is ‘OK, governor?’”  



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