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Six months ago, 32-year-old Troy Cooper went into the John Varvatos store on Bowery and stole a $3,598 coat by swapping it with his own. The NYPD must have called in Law & Order's Detective Robert Goren for this one, because they've just identified the thief using the DNA from the chewing gum he had left inside of his old coat pocket.
Though this probably shouldn't have taken six months to crack, justice has finally served, as the Post reports that he's been arrested and charged with grand larceny. Turns out, in addition to having the gross habit of spitting out gum in his coat pockets, last year Cooper moonlighted as a purse snatcher, and a few years ago, he was arrested for stealing two leather jackets from Macy's in Herald Square.
· Chewing Gum Leads to Arrest of Bowery Varvatos Felon [Bowery Boogie]
· NYPD Daily Blotter (first item) [NYP]