The video shows a burglar’s window display at a Staten Island sneaker store. The owner details how he used social media to recover stolen items.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – It’s a phone call every business owner dreads getting, Andrew Rosenthal told Advance/SILive.com – being told that his sneaker store, the Sole Broker in Grant City, had been robbed on the night of June 7.
The Great Kills resident and a registered nurse, said her father called to tell her the news. Rosenthal felt at the time that he couldn’t take a break — earlier in May he closed his Brooklyn location due to pandemic concerns.
“The stress of running two stores, working full time really got to me,” he said. “It was inconvenient and it was very difficult for me to stay open and now I had to deal with that.”
Fourteen Supreme garments with a total value of around $8,000 were removed from the store, according to Rosenthal.
He arrived on the scene after 4 a.m. and saw that the entire side window had been completely smashed. The suspect had thrown a stone at the glass, then removed the shelves to enter.
Rosenthal wondered if he should tell people what happened, but decided to post the surveillance footage of the incident on the store’s Instagram page, hoping it would help lead to an arrest and recovery of items.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to tell people what happened, I thought about closing the store all together, but maybe something good would come out of it,” he said.
Rosenthal has also contacted other Staten Island sneaker stores to tell them what happened in case someone tries to sell the stolen items.
“I told them, if anyone walks into the stores with these items, please let me know,” he said.
A few hours later, Rosenthal said he received a phone call from a New Jersey store owner informing him that he had seen his social media post and told him he thought someone in the store was trying to sell the stolen items.
“He said, ‘I’ve got this guy in the store right now, I’m going to try and block him,'” the Great Kills resident recalled.
Rosenthal explained that the store wasn’t even open and the suspect was waiting outside the NJ store. The owner asked one of his employees to call the police, Rosenthal said.
“The guy robbed my store at 4am, then a few hours later he will try to sell my items in another store. He entered the store with one of the stolen items – a Suprême Comme de Garcon polka dot hoodie,” he said.
Edison Township police responded and arrested a 17-year-old individual, according to Rosenthal.
The NYPD confirmed that officers from the 122nd Precinct responded to the Grant City store after the burglary, but were unable to provide information about an arrest.
Twelve of the 14 stolen items have been recovered, Rosenthal said.
“I’m still missing two of the items, but for me it was a home run because I got most of my stuff back,” he said.
Store owner Grant City made sure to credit the streetwear/sneaker store community.
“It’s a community, it doesn’t matter if it competes with other stores, in the end, the person who called did the right thing, I’m very grateful for that,” he said. -he declares. “If it hadn’t turned out the way he did, I don’t know if I would have continued with the store.”
The Great Kills resident added that he plans to call him back seven days a week to five.
“I would like to say that we will remain open and continue to serve the community. We got overwhelming support from people,” he said.