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Construction to the Rescue: Workers Use Digger to Stop Looters from Making Off with Stolen Designer Goods

June 4th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Between news about COVID-19 and reports of violent rioting throughout the United States, the headlines have been pretty grim. That’s why this story caught The Build Out’s attention.

A little bit of good news in an otherwise sad news cycle, and it involves members of our very industry saving the day.

According to the New York Post, “Thieves who ransacked designer stores in Soho filled at least 10 large black plastic bags with the pricey accessories, which they stashed on the street to look like garbage.

When they came to pick it up Tuesday, they found they’d been beaten to it by local workers — who safely lifted most of it high in the air in the front of their excavator.”

According to “Nick” (no last name given), an employee of Queens-based JLJ Enterprises, they found at least 10 large trash bags stuffed with Gucci bags, clothing, sneakers and other expensive accessories estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Nick noticed a lookout guy watching the jobsite and he asked what was in the bags. The lookout replied “nothing,” but Nick and crew weren’t buying it. So they filled their excavator’s bucket with the ill-gotten goods and lifted them three stories in the air.

Another looter (besides the lookout) showed up and got very aggressive with the workers for their heroic act. They managed to avoid any fisticuffs though and he eventually left. They called the police, but none came.

They returned the goods to the Gucci store and received a “thank you” in return for all their trouble.

You can read the whole story here.

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