Even left-handed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg wanted him behind bars.
The 122-bust shoplifter was released on bail on Wednesday thanks to the controversial bail reform laws that Bragg usually defends, and the DA’s office told The Post that even prosecutors would ask for pre-trial detention if they could.
Defendant Lorenzo McLucas, 34, a serial shoplifter, was arrested for stealing from a cosmetics counter at the Duane Reade store on Lexington Avenue in midtown Manhattan, according to the latest reports of the city’s sloppy crime policy, according to police and court documents.
Bragg’s office told The Post that it would request McLucas’ arrest if he could, in line with the district attorney’s recent statement that he wants to stop serial shoplifters.
“We cannot accept a system where people who shoplift over and over again cycle back and forth in and out of jail only to shoplift again,” Bragg said in a June 17 statement — in two days. before the city’s business owners uncovered an alleged crime scam. The district attorney assured them that he would take action against such thefts.
But even though the arrest was Maklukas’ 50th arrest this year alone, he had no other open cases against him.
Because prosecutors can only ask for bail for this kind of misdemeanor if the perpetrator has other cases pending against him, their hands and those of the judge were tied.
“That’s fucking funny,” a veteran NYPD told The Post. “They just keep releasing it and it does the same thing again.
“I feel so sorry for the people who own retail stores. What else is the purpose?
Records show that McLucas was charged with two offenses for the offense committed Tuesday afternoon: petty theft for shoplifting and illegal possession of a controlled substance.
According to his complaint, authorities believed they had found a pipe with “cocaine residue” in his pocket.
The judge granted Maklukas a supervised release. He was previously convicted of two felonies and 29 misdemeanors. He also has 20 missed court appearances. His court-appointed attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
His arrest came just after Bragg announced his plan to try to curb rampant shoplifting and mass robberies in cooperation with business groups.
Part of Bragg’s plan includes “targeted deterrence,” which means his prosecutors will now ask for at least pre-trial detention for accused thieves who have previously been convicted of felonies, had multiple open cases, and a history of missing trial dates.
Bragg’s prosecutors will also be working to consolidate multiple misdemeanor charges to make them a felony, according to business leader Cathy Wilde.