Looters cost NYC businesses ‘tens of millions,’ experts estimate

New York City businesses have likely suffered tens of millions of dollars in damages and theft as a result of the rampant open looting and vandalism that exploded in the Big Apple over the last few nights – and some may never recover, experts told The Post Wednesday.

“I think it’s pretty safe to say it’s going to be in the tens of millions of dollars,” Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, said of the financial and physical destruction to businesses citywide.

That estimate includes the expense of repairs as well as other facets like increased security and insurance costs, Gelinas explained, adding that the pilfered merchandise likely accounts for “several million dollars.”

Over the past three nights since Sunday, looters and vandals taking advantage of the mass protests in the Big Apple over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd have plunged swaths of the city into chaos, hitting hard Midtown Manhattan, SoHo and parts of The Bronx.

Gelinas estimated there were likely “hundreds, if not thousands” of storefront windows smashed during the wild looting sprees around the five boroughs.

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State Police Seeking Information Regarding Road Rage Shooting In Uniontown – CBS Pittsburgh

State Police are investigating a road rage incident that led to a deadly shooting over Memorial Day Weekend in Uniontown.


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Police: Parole violation in Johnstown leads to discovery of heroin, more than $70K | WJAC

Johnstown police say two people were taken into custody after a parole violation lead to the discovery of heroin and more than $70,000 cash Thursday. According to Johnstown Police, 43-year-old Tione Thomas is facing charges related to drug manufacturing and endangering the welfare of children.

Johnstown police say two people were taken into custody after a parole violation lead to the discovery of heroin and more than $70,000 cash Thursday.

According to Johnstown Police, 43-year-old Tione Thomas is facing charges related to drug manufacturing and endangering the welfare of children.

Police say the incident started when officers were asked to help state parole and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force locate a woman on parole who was allegedly selling drugs from the basement of her home on the 400 block of Edith Ave.

Officers say they were told Thomas, who was also on parole, was staying at the home without the permission of State Parole.

Source: Police: Parole violation in Johnstown leads to discovery of heroin, more than $70K | WJAC

Couple charged after 5 kids found living in deplorable conditions in Somerset County

State police say a Somerset County couple is behind bars after troopers found five young children under their care living in deplorable conditions. Troopers say they were called to a home along Weible Drive in Paint Township to assist the county CYS with a case. Authorities say 45-year-old Eric Barkman and 34-year-old Nicole Barkman were living with five children between the ages of 12 and 1.

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2 accused of drug possession in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Two Allegheny County men are accused of drug possession after, Greensburg police say, one of them had five bricks of heroin at Autumn Brook Apartments last week.

Denzell Lavelle Snead, 22, of Elizabeth Township, and Isaiah Johnson, 22, of Swissvale are charged with possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and other offenses. Neither had an attorney listed in online court records.

City police say they were following up on tips from a concerned citizen and a confidential informant about suspected drug activity at the Luzerne Street apartments on May 13. Officers spotted a Chevrolet sedan circle the area at 3:45 p.m. and stop near the main office, according to court papers.

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Tionna Highsmith death ruled a homicide.

 

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner today ruled the death of Tionna Highsmith a homicide.

Highsmith was shot and paralyzed in 2005 when she was caught in the crossfire of a shootout during a church festival in Brighton Heights. She was found deceased in her apartment in January. Highsmith was 29.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police continue to investigate this senseless act of violence that led to the death of an innocent person.

Anyone with any information on this case is urged to call Violent Crime Unit detectives at (412) 323-7161.

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Source: Public Safety Media Blotter

One person in critical condition after shooting in Northview Heights

Police found a car hit with bullets and several shell casings on Mt. Pleasant Road just after midnight Monday

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers responded to a report multiple shots fired on the 400 block of Mt. Pleasant Road around 12:10 a.m.

Zone 1 officers found an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics transported the male to a local hospital in critical condition.

The Violent Crime Unit closed Mt. Pleasant Road while detectives processed the scene for evidence.

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