Gaia DiLoreto in her "By Brooklyn" store
The purported "money clip thief""By Brooklyn", a small store on Smith Street that sells products exclusively made in Brooklyn, is asking help in catching a thief who stole a $68 money clip from her store on Tuesday, April 22. When she noticed that the leather clip was missing from the display shelf, she first checked the store sales receipts, but realized quickly that it had not sold. So she watched the security camera footage and saw a customer putting the item into his pocket in the video's 20-23 second mark.
I stopped by to see Gaia yesterday and she informed me that she has filed a police report with the
76th Precinct.The clip was hand-stitched in Red Hook by artisan Alfred Stadler. "This is small neighborhood store," she told me. "By stealing it, the person not only stole from my store, but also from the craftsman who made it."
Gaia is determined to catch the thief. She has posted the video on the store's Facebook page and is asking for help in identifying the person.