Thief busted for gunpoint robbery of duffle bag with $60K


A parolee wanted for stealing a duffel bag — with $60,000 in it — from a man at gunpoint in Midtown was arrested Tuesday afternoon when cops recognized him from a wanted poster, police and police sources said. 

Shameik Hargrove, 35, of Brooklyn, was nabbed on West 37th Street between Seventh and Eight Avenues around 1 p.m. after police recognized him from the robbery that he allegedly committed in the same neighborhood, police said.

Hargrove allegedly pulled his gun on a 44-year-old man from West Palm Beach, Fla., at 270 West 36th Street around 9:30 p.m. Friday and demanded his duffel bag as the man waited for a friend, according to cops.

Police generated the wanted poster after the man reported the incident.

Police had to chase Hargrove for about a block on foot before they caught him, according to cops. Hargrove had a loaded Glock 21, heroin and crack on him, police said.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and more than a dozen counts of criminal possession of stolen property for stolen credit cards, cops said. He was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Hargrove, who was a parolee, has four prior gun charges, from 2017, 2018 and 2020, according to police sources  He was also charged with robbery in 2010.

The victim told cops he had the cash on him because he had done a business transaction, but referred further inquiries to his lawyer.

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