Southern Brooklyn

Brighton Beach Box Bandit Busted By Council Candidate

Chaim Deutsch
Chaim Deutsch

(I wish there was a synonym for candidate that began with “b” so we could have really rocked that headline, but…)

A notorious package thief who has been nabbing UPS and FedEx deliveries in Midwood and Marine Park all summer was busted thanks in part to the efforts of City Council candidate Chaim Deutsch, the Flatbush Shomrim and concerned citizens tired of being victimized.

According to a press release, the thief in question had been walking up to people’s homes with a clipboard in an effort to appear official. He would then scoop up packages from houses where no one was home and place them in his truck.

The press release went on to explain how Deutsch helped catch the crook:

Chaim Deutsch, founder of The Flatbush Shomrim, received a frantic call from a woman vacationing upstate. She told Mr. Deutsch that as she was expecting packages to be delivered to her home, as well as being a victim two weeks prior, she decided to monitor her cameras from upstate NY. To her amazement, there was the thief removing packages from her porch. Mr. Deutsch immediately contacted a member of Flatbush Shomrim to locate the thief while also alerting the NYPD.

The responding Flatbush Shomrim member immediately began a canvass of the area. Within several minutes, he spotted the thief with a clipboard in hand which fit the description exactly. The thief then got into an ambulette vehicle that he was driving and proceeded to leave the scene. The eagle-eyed member on the call then contacted Mr. Deutsch who was on the phone with Captain John Rowell, the commanding officer of the 63rd precinct, who immediately dispatched additional officers. Within five minutes, the responding officers pulled over the ambulette and arrested the perpetrator. In the vehicle, the police recovered six stolen packages and a taser gun. The 70th precinct was also contacted as they too had reports of similar thefts. In addition to the homeowners, UPS and FedEx were also pressing charges. The Flatbush Shomrim and its founder Mr. Deutsch are very proud to have been able to assist the community in apprehending this perpetrator.

Deutsch tells Sheepshead Bites that the culprit was a Brighton Beach resident.

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  1. After learning of the bust and not to be outdone Ari Kagan immediately announced his plan to battle Medicaid fraud and abuse. However, after realizing that this would lead to the incarceration of many of his constituents he abruptly terminated the plan and instead went around Brighton Beach vowing to protect residents from Neo Nazis / Muslims / gays / or whoever is this week’s boogieman that the Russian grandmas are scared of.

  2. So why isn’t Chaim running for city council in the district he lives and where his private police force for the orthodox operates?

  3. Incorrect. There are many wonderful Russian people, and I know many who would make great councilman or councilwomen in our district, however the sorry individuals who are running in this election do not fit the bill.

  4. We need more coverage on all of the candidates in the district. I think six are on the ballot if I am not mistaken. The public needs to be educated.

  5. I agree, and we’ve actually got quite a bit lined up for this week and will hopefully keep it coming for the next month. You can see we have covered quite a bit already:

    We have more that that I have now noticed were not tagged correctly, so I’ll try and fix that so you can see it all in one place.


  6. When was the last time you saw a politician going after Russian grandmother votes on Brighton ? Perhaps it’s you who created a boogie man

  7. So let’s have a name and photo for this guy so that we can watch for him shoud he recidivate. As someone who has lost at least one UPS and one FedEx package from in front of his apartment door, I’m ready to ship myself an armed dye-pack like the ones used to snag bank robbers, or, perhaps, a GPS tracing device.

  8. Thank you! I look forward to hearing about the other candidates other than Ari, Chaim, Igor, etc. Keep up the great work

  9. Amm, I’ve seen them there about every other day!!! Also, near the Shorefront, on Emmons Ave, and the Boardwalk going specifically after the Russian grandma vote This is pretty much Kagans and Storbin’s whole election strategy. Have you been on planet Not-Sheepshead-Bay lately?

  10. Ned, even though he is not Southern here’s your B word!!! bodacious !! fitting! job well done for catching the box bandit!


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