A man ripped off two parkas from an Adidas shop in Soho, and then claimed he was racially profiled — warning employees he’d spray them with bleach if it happened again, police said Saturday.
The man allegedly grabbed two parkas worth about $320 from a display rack in the shop on Broadway and East Houston around 5:45 p.m. Friday and strolled towards the exit when he was confronted by staff, an NYPD spokesman said.
At that point, the suspect “displayed a Clorox spray bottle and said, ‘Next time, don’t racial profile me or I’ll spray you!’” the department spokesman said.
No one was injured but the suspect escaped southbound on Broadway, police said.
The Adidas store could not be immediately reached for comment.
The theft comes on the heels of a Post exclusive on grab-and-run shoplifters terrorizing luxury Soho boutiques.
The bands of shoplifters lifted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of designer merchandise during the pandemic and in some cases, threatening security guards to keep quiet — or be labeled racist.
The disturbing pattern began in late May during the riots that rocked the city in the wake of the George Floyd police custody death. High-end Celine was looted of $1.5 million in merchandise then, and the brazen thievery continued “every week” in ritzy stores such as Prada, Moncler, Dior and Balenciaga.
Anyone with information in regard the Adidas store incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).