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‘Professional’ Shoplifter Arrested for 99th Time



A self-proclaimed “professional booster” has been arrested for at least the 99th time, police said.

Police in New York City arrested Michelle McKelley, 42, at a Duane Reade store at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday after being observed filling a bag with items and trying to leave.

The 42-year-old allegedly struck the store security guard repeatedly in the arm with a shopping basket.

Police said McKelley was charged with robbery, attempted petit larceny, and criminal possession of a weapon.

McKelley was also arrested in February after allegedly stealing from a Target store. Prosecutors said she told cops, “I haven’t been caught in a long time.”

“I’m a professional booster. Y’all are stopping my hustle,” she allegedly said to police officers.


A Manhattan police officer told the New York Post that the revolving-door justice was “making a mockery of the system.”