Despite the Atlantic Center and Atlantic Terminal Malls’ aggressive restrictions on youth access, the shopping centers continue to be one of the centers of crime in Fort Greene.
Earlier this month, we reported on the crackdown on teens at the shopping complex in the wake of last year’s Buffalo Wild Wings promotion that ended with a stabbing and two shootings. The policy bans groups of four or more under the age of 21 from entering the malls.
However, the policy does not take into account that criminals are sometimes over the age of 21, or operate in packs of three.
The Brooklyn Paper reported a number of crimes at the shopping complexes recently. On October 20, a man was arrested for arriving a little too early in the morning. The 30-year-old burglar was arrested at 2:32AM on the second floor of the mall. No word yet on how the crook got into the building, what he was stealing, or how the police found out he was there.
The previous day, three teens burst into Payless around noon and bagged more than a dozen pairs of footwear-stuffing the merch into plastic satchels before bolting from the store. On the way out they injured a security guard attempting to apprehend them.
One the day before that, at the Atlantic Terminal Mall’s other shoe store DSW, a stealthy thief with a penchant for electronics lifted an iPad, a Blackberry, and a camera from a woman’s purse while she tried on shoes.
Stay alert this shopping season. The recession may be technically over, but not everyone is back to work yet.