New York has more than enough genuine criminals, so there’s no need for cops to create artificial crooks with sting operations like “Lucky Bag.”
Enticing would-be thieves by placing wallets & backpacks in public places is not law enforcement. It’s pure entrapment, which any first-year law student can conclusively prove. A lawyer for one of the victims in Flushing has filed a class action suit on behalf of several hundred victims of this stupid scam. I hope he wins and New York pays off all his clients big time. That will end a ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ money and police manpower.
While you’re at it, Ray Kelly, bring home the 20 detectives stationed overseas on “intelligence” operations that are really paid vacations. We need them in Flushing and Flatbush, not Paris, London or Madrid.