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NYPD Operation Lucky Bag–Doh! Doh! Doh!

Posted by Bill on December 29, 2007

nypd.jpg  I am “shocked,” “shocked”, I tell you that this is a true story of NYPD gone wild!

It seems that NYPD has been running a police decoy program in NYC lately–“Operation Lucky Bag.”  Here is the con.  NYPD leaves shopping bags, backpacks, purses, wallets etc. in and around subway stations or stores.  Anyone who finds the item, picks it up and does not turn in to a uniformed police officer in the vicinity is arrested and charged with, let’s see, grand larceny!  Lucky Bag started in 2006 and among the first 220 arrests about 100 were people with prior charges and convictions.  The rest were “clean.”  In dismissing one case, a Brooklyn judge noted that the law gives people 10 days to turn in property they find.  The judge suggested that NYC had enough real crime for the police to fight without the need to provide fresh temptations.  Oh, and the law does not provide that found items be turned over to a police officer.  Fortunately, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office began to dismiss Lucky Bag charges.  See NY Times Story Here.

I know some readers may not understand the significance of the use of the term “Doh” in the title.  My next post will explain all.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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