With 46 arrests for retail theft this 12 months alone, this Man of Steal leads NYC’s record-shattering shoplifting surge.

Were he the supervillain in a heist film, Isaac Rodriguez, 22, can be referred to as Sir Isaac Lootin.’

But the real-life, allegedly violent bandit has no moniker — only a rap sheet 74 offenses lengthy, relationship again to 2015, in response to police sources.

The King of Queens Thieves has been arrested 57 instances this 12 months alone, together with in a vicious stabbing, police sources advised The Post.

Rodriguez is lastly in jail, however he rode the town’s revolving door of justice to allegedly rip off Walgreens 37 instances this 12 months. He was significantly keen on the drug retailer at 91-08 Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, which he hit 23 instances, police mentioned.


He steals something from protein drinks and physique lotion, to child components and attractive lingerie, police mentioned. He likes Dove cleaning soap and Victoria’s Secret merchandise too, in response to courtroom data.

During only one illicit purchasing spree, on July 7 on the Jackson Heights Walgreens, Rodriguez took “10 units of Ensure, 12 Walgreens wipes, 15 units of Sensodyne toothpaste and 8 units of Cetaphil lotion,” courtroom papers state.

“This guy comes here every day stealing, every single day. He comes and he steals,” fumed the shop supervisor. “We call 911 and make a report, and that’s it. Our company policy is if anyone comes, because of a safety issue, we cannot stop him. We cannot do anything.”

“They steal and they sell,” the supervisor groused.

The supervisor mentioned the Queens Klepto has been focusing on his Jackson Heights retailer for “at least a year, at least every single day. … Whenever he goes to jail he stops. Sometimes he comes three, four times [a day] to get all of a [certain] merchandise.”

Rodriguez’ M.O. isn’t subtle. He doesn’t use faux bellies or false-bottom packing containers favored by skilled shoplifters. He merely enters the shop and helps himself — filling a bag with objects he plucks from cabinets, after which walks out with out paying, in response to retailer workers and regulation enforcers.

He’s a one-man crime wave in a metropolis that’s being taken over by thieves, mentioned an exasperated regulation enforcer.

“I don’t know how these [cases] have been handled, but clearly there has been no consequences,” the police supply advised The Post. “Looking at his rap sheet, there isn’t a hinge moment. He has a storm of criminal activity in his life. The outcomes have not dissuaded him from this path. There is a pattern of behavior that perpetuates a cycle of crime here. And it hasn’t been stopped.”

A New York City detective was assaulted Monday in Queens by someone from behind. 

A New York City detective was assaulted Monday in Queens by somebody from behind. 
(New York Police Department)


In addition to his 37 Walgreens strikes, he’s hit native Victoria’s Secret shops 4 instances, Rite Aid (3), Target (3), CVS (2), Family Dollar (1) and Macy’s (1), police mentioned.

He’s alleged thievery, which incorporates 42 counts of petit larceny and three for grand larceny (over $1,000 in worth), escalated to violence, police mentioned.

Pablo Cusco, 39, was kicked, crushed, robbed and stabbed by Rodriguez and others on June 7 whereas strolling his canine close to his Jackson Heights house at 3:20 a.m., police mentioned.

The group requested Cusco for $1. When he complied, the thugs’ thank-you was to grab his cellular phone. When Cusco tried to withstand he was pummeled, and was additionally handled at Elmhurst Hospital for 4 puncture wounds to his leg and buttocks.

A couple of weeks later, Rodriguez was arrested and charged with gang assault.

“He [Rodriguez} almost killed me. He should stay in jail for sure, for sure,” the Spanish-speaking Cusco told The Post through a pal who translated. “I was punched a lot and stabbed with a knife. I’m still scared because they may find me again.”

Three months earlier, the courts and prosecutors had a chance to get Rodriguez off the streets.

On March 12, Rodriguez was arrested after he was spotted on a roof landing of the Queensbridge North Houses in alleged possession of a large knife. He was charged with trespass and a violation for the knife, court papers state. He was issued only a desk appearance ticket.


The Post’s reporting on the career criminal led the NYPD’s top cop to react with outrage.

“Insanity,” Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Saturday. “No other way to describe the resulting crime that has flowed from disastrous bail reform law.”

“For the most part the top charge in his [Rodriguez] instances usually are not bail-eligible offenses,” in response to a spokeswoman for the Queens’ District Attorney’s workplace.

He landed in jail when Queens Criminal Court Judge David Kirschner on Aug. 26 set bail at $15,000, primarily based on a statute that enables bail when a suspect is charged with a criminal offense involving hurt to an individual whereas out on their very own recognizance for an additional crime.

The case stemmed from an Aug. 24 incident on the Walgreens on National Street in Corona the place Rodriguez went by his shoplifting routine — this time he took cleaning and female hygiene merchandise — however in doing so violated an order of safety. Rodriguez had hit the Corona location 13 instances, sources mentioned.

There are 77 different thieves proper now strolling the streets of New York with rap sheets of 20 or extra shoplifting prices, NYPD sources say.

As of Sept. 12, the town has seen 26,385 complaints of retail theft — essentially the most ever recorded (going again to 1995). It’s a 32 % spike from final 12 months (20,024) and 38 % surge from 2014 (19,166).

“It’s very prolific and it’s really about recidivism. That’s who is committing these grand larcenies and these petty larcenies,” NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri advised The Post.

New York City, New York - May 19, 2011 : The crest on the jacket of a New York City Police Officer while on patrol.

New York City, New York – May 19, 2011 : The crest on the jacket of a New York City Police Officer whereas on patrol.


He mentioned 37 % of these arrested for larceny have a pending felony case. “There’s not a lot of accountability when it comes to these crimes,” he mentioned.

The chief mentioned the NYPD is working with shops on prevention measures reminiscent of reporting incidents in actual time and have poured foot patrols and different assets into enterprise districts, particularly Midtown.

Still, Gotham recorded 3,709 retail theft complaints in August — essentially the most ever in a single month.

These crimes usually are not all the time victimless.

On Sept. 8, an 11-year-old boy was slashed by a pair of shoplifters whereas defending his household’s Avenue D Mini Mart in Manhattan from thieves, police mentioned.