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Last night, the owners of Lower East Side vintage boutique Pilgrim were both injured in a confrontation with shoplifters who were trying to steal a $2,500 purse. The would-be thieves entered the store around 6pm, apparently after being shooed away from a neighboring shop. When store owner Richard Ives caught them with the bag, one of the suspects slammed him into the front window, shattering it. Other suspects attacked co-owner Brian Bennett, who tells the New York Post, "Two or three of them jumped me and kicked me unconscious." (There's some dispute about how many people actually tried to rob the store: DNAinfo says two men were on the scene, but the Post has three men and a woman.)
The commotion was enough to alert fellow shopkeepers on the close-knit block of Orchard between Broome and Grand. Niko Liakaris of the Dressing Room tended to Ives while James Fry of Cafe Katja chased the fleeing criminals. "The other storekeepers really stood up for us," Bennett told the Post. As of this morning, the police were questioning three suspects.
· Orchard Street Designer Hurt Trying to Stop Shoplifters [DNAinfo]
· A 'pane'-ful event for rob victim [NYP]
· Pilgrim at 70 Orchard was Just Robbed [Bowery Boogie]