Police seek "smiling thieves" who made off with 400 bulletproof vests that were to be donated to Ukraine...

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HR King
Apr 23, 2002
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Police seek a band of smiling thieves in the theft of hundreds of bullet-resistant vests that were meant to protect Ukrainian forces in the Russian invasion.

The suspects took roughly 400 vests donated by law enforcement agencies and stored in the Manhattan headquarters of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America.

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A white van police believe was used in the heist of bullet-resistant vests bound for Ukraine. (NYPD/DCPI)
Thieves stole the vests March 15 from the organizations’ offices on Second Ave. near E. 13th St. in the East Village.

Police on Friday released photos of six suspects, some of them hauling large garbage bags, as well as a white van — one of three getaway vehicles believed used during the heist.


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Two of the suspects sought in the thefts of bullet-resistant vests from the offices of a Ukrainian organization in Manhattan's East Village. (NYPD/DCPI)
Three of the thieves were caught smiling as they made off with the potentially life-saving equipment.

Police ask anyone with information about the theft or the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.