A series of garbage can thefts in Manhattan has caught the attention of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Grand Larceny Unit. Bins have been stolen from the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and at least six locations throughout the Upper East Side, Midtown and the Upper West Side.
Police investigators think the cans are potentially being resold intact rather than being sold for scrap metal, where the low value would provide little payoff for the effort. Several business improvement districts are assisting the police in the investigation.
New York Post has more information:
One man’s trash is their treasure.
A pair of seriously dirty crooks have been on a garbage can-stealing spree across Manhattan in recent weeks — and are possibly flipping the bins for hundreds of dollars to less scrupulous civic groups.
“Someone could remove the decals and sell them outside of New York City,” said Monica Blum, president of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, which lost two $1,300 Victor Stanley cans to the bandits in February.