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Yakov Dubin Sues NYC After NYPD ‘Operation Lucky Bag’ Arrest, Seeks $1 Million

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A 49-year-old tourist from an Atlanta suburb is claiming NYPD officers wrongly arrested him after he found and took cash from an unclaimed purse in 2011.

Yakov Dubin claims he was walking through Central Park and bent down to tie his shoes when he discovered an “old and dirty purse sitting on the ground underneath the bench.”

Court papers say Dubin could not locate any identification and therefore took the $27 of cash in order to give it to a park ranger.

A group of plainclothes officers then approached Dubin and asked him if he had taken any money from the purse. Dubin attempted to explain his situation, telling officers he intended to give the cash to park officials.

The officers arrested Dubin anyway, as a part of “Operation Lucky Bag,” the controversial police practice in which officers place valuable items in clear sight in order to bait criminals who try to pilfer the goods.

As Dubin was handcuffed, he tells The New York Post his 17-year-old daughter started hysterically crying. He then says an officer told her, “Don’t worry, we’re going to put your daddy in a good jail,” and then shared a laugh with his fellow officers.

He is now suing the city for $1 million. Dubin, a Russian immigrant, also likened the arrest to arrests in the Soviet Union, saying the only difference being Soviet officer would have “[beaten] the crap out of me.”

Department spokesman Paul Browne defended the police operation. “Someone who opens a bag that doesn’t belong to him, stuffs $27 in his pocket and walks away is no innocent,” he said. “Any law-abiding person who has had their property stolen from a park bench or blanket will be happy to know that the NYPD is out there combating such thefts.”

This isn’t the first time the operation has come under fire.

Just two months prior to Dubin’s arrest, then Assemblywoman Grace Meng denounced the initiative.

“This practice by the NYPD just discourages people from seeing something and saying something,” Meng said. “It also discourages people from being Good Samaritans.”

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5 Responses to Yakov Dubin Sues NYC After NYPD ‘Operation Lucky Bag’ Arrest, Seeks $1 Million

  1. sad day says:

    in this case I have to side with the zioturd. he was doing the right thing.

    whether they should pay him a million bucks is another matter, but there’s no empirical evidence he did not have intent to turn in the purse money.

    in all likelihood he was going to do that. but got arrested instead.

  2. NC says:

    I don’t know who’s dumber. The police who put a purse there for someone to pick up and arrest them in plain view OR the guy who was stupid enough to take only the money and not the whole purse.

    At least if he took the purse with it, then he could have said, he was trying to find a policeman to help find the owner of it. (Not like the policeman wouldn’t have arrested him anyways for some other excuse or for simply not believing him)

    This is like a game you play at elementary school like capture the flag or something. Goes to show you the intelligence of policemen these days in fighting crime. They now have to make up or entrap people with their own crime in order to arrest people for it to meet their quota and promotions. And given this happened on Bloominidiots turf, it doesn’t surprise me one bit.

    Glad to see that nothing’s changed in the NYC police department after Hurricane Sandy. People lost their homes, but let’s play a game of entrapment for fun. What do you expect for a police department with an IQ of 2. Unbelievable.

  3. camil2003 says:

    true criminals don’t care about mowing down cops so they have to create safe criminals for them to flash their badge at.

  4. ToM says:

    How is finding something on the ground theft?
    Isn’t procession 9/10s of the law?

    No identification? It seems to me, since it was a plant, then the intent would be more apparent of theft, if there was identification in the purse.
    Now, if they would of planted a person on the bench with the purse and then he came by and took it, I can see why they should have some concern.

    The law says that you bring it to the police station and if no one claims it after 30 days it is yours.

    So what they are saying, is that if you find money on the ground, you have to get to the police before they accuse you of stealing it?

    With all the crime and corruption, from Fast and Furious to fleecing the American people, this is what we have to deal with?

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