Thief Takes Backpack Containing $40,000 Cash from Car Parked on Joralemon

The Eagle’s Noah Goldberg reports that, on July 11, a man (surveillance photos above released by NYPD) pulled off a brazen daylight smash-and-grab, breaking a Jeep’s window and stealing a backpack containing $40,000 in cash, then ran down Joralemon. No arrest has yet been made, and no identification is given of the owner of the Jeep.

If you’re like me, you’re probably scratching your head, thinking (1) why would someone put $40K in cash in a backpack and (2) leave said backpack unattended in a car, even if locked? The Eagle story says, “It was not immediately apparent whether the man knew the bag had $40,000 in it.” Still, why would someone use a wrench to smash a Jeep’s window in broad daylight on a street with lots of pedestrian and vehicular traffic just to get the unknown contents of a backpack?

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  • Andrew Porter

    This was reported on broadcast news. The guy ran a construction company, and had his payroll money in the bag. He left it under his seat, out of sight; he thought it might be an inside job.

  • Arch Stanton

    A regular payroll, even more of a reason not to leave $40k in cash unattended. Not sure I buy the story anyway, I’m in the construction industry and don’t know anyone who pays in cash, except maybe some small time outfit (less than 10 employees) working off the books. Laborers on those crews make about $500-800 and skilled mechanics around $1000-1500 a week, which seems out of proportion to the loss. Sounds more like drug dealings…

  • MaggieO

    from the security footage it sure looks like he knew his target.