New York: City Shocked by Roaming Gangs of Thieves Robbing Everything

New York City is now just completely lawless.

It’s actually hilarious in a lot of different ways, but mostly it’s hilarious because just a few months ago these people were literally claiming that fewer police would mean less crime.

New York Post:

A pack of thieves has spent the last eight days roaming Manhattan and breaking into restaurants, bars and dry cleaners — stealing thousands of dollars in cash and clothing, the NYPD said Wednesday.

Cops released surveillance photos of seven males believed to be in their teens to twenties who have allegedly been committing the burglaries by breaking through the businesses’ front doors. The crimes occurred between Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“While inside, the individuals removed assorted amounts of currency from the cash registers totaling approximately $10,000,” cops said. “In addition, they removed assorted clothing valued at approximately $5,000 and caused $5,000 in property damage.”

While most of the jobs netted only a few hundred dollars at a time, the crew struck gold at a Midtown dry cleaner.

The burglars grabbed about $6,000 in clothing, including Moncler jackets and Etro sweaters, which can both cost thousands of dollars apiece, at King Garment Care on Sixth Avenue, a police source said. They only got $200 from the register at The Happiest Hour bar on 10th Street in the West Village, the source said.

Believe it or not, America has dealt with this sort of thing before.

Time Magazine, Sept. 09, 1966:

Roving bands of Negro youths roamed through the Negro section of Dayton—looting, stoning buses and breaking store windows—after a Negro man was fatally wounded by shotgun blasts fired from a passing car containing three white men.

The Lewiston Daily Sun, March 25, 1964:

Roving bands of Negro youths are reported responsible for rock throwing, beatings

Reading Eagle, July 21, 1966:

Roving bands of Negro youths staged scores of hit-run fire-bomb attacks as Cleveland’s racial turmoil spilled into its fourth day

New York Times, April 6, 1968:

President Johnson ordered 4,000 regular Army and National Guard troops into the nation’s capital tonight to try to end riotous looting, burglarizing and burning by roving bands of Negro youths.

The more things change…