NEW YORK — This ice cream thief’s getaway was stopped cold.
Cops say a man who made off with at least eight pints of ice cream from a Manhattan store, ended up having to be rescued after getting caught clinging to the side of a building during his failed escape.
“After stealing 8 pints of Häagen-Dazs from a local business, this man’s getaway didn’t go as planned. We found him, rescued him & brought a safe conclusion to this precarious icecapade in #EastHarlem,” cops from the NYPD’s 23rd Precinct wrote on Twitter with a pic of the man dangling from a narrow ledge.
The wild chase began when police responded to a theft call from a CVS in Harlem. When officers arrived, they gave chase after a 30-year-old male who fit the description of the reported ice cream thief.
Police say that officers followed the man through the courtyard of a building where he hopped a fence that led to a long drop to an alleyway below. The man apparently tried to get down to the alleyway and got stuck on a small ledge, police said. The emergency services unit was called and the man was rescued and subsequently taken into custody.
According to cops, 10 cartons of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream were recovered from the man’s backpack. He was identified as Anthony Pastore from Staten Island and he was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.