The mother of a teen shot dead in June on his way to school in the Bronx was busted last week for shoplifting nearly $35,000 worth of underwear from two Upper East Side Victoria’s Secret stores – and cops used her son’s murder to collar her, court papers show.
Rosanna Grullon walked out of the stores at 165 E. 86th St. and 722 Lexington Ave. on eight separate occasions with a haul of $34,677 in fancy panties between Oct. 25 and Nov. 14, the complaint states.
She made her biggest scores at the Lexington Avenue shop, walking out with $11,940 in pricey lingerie on Nov.
1 and just two days later managed to pilfer 1,000 pairs of lace undies worth $12,500, according to the complaint.
On Nov. 14, a security guard recognized Grullon as a prior shoplifter and when he tried to approach her, she dropped her bag, containing 85 pairs worth more than $1,000, police said.
The stores’ security reviewed surveillance video of the thefts and alerted cops who were able to identify the 38-year-old, court records show. Authorities believe she acted in concert with two others, according to a law-enforcement source.
Officers showed up at Grullon’s door at 11:40 a.m. on Nov. 16.
“They told her, ‘We’re here to talk to you about your son that was killed,’” defense lawyer Carlos Cruz told the court at her arraignment. “Once the door was opened, then [they] threw her to the ground.”
In September, authorities arrested two dozen members of the “6 Wild” gang accused of ordering the execution-style hit May 22 on her son Christopher Duran. The 14-year-old was allegedly a member of rival gang “280 Crew.”
“She was attacked by the gang that murdered her son, this ‘6 Wild.’” Cruz told Judge Gilbert Hong at her arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. “They’ve been rounded up and are in jail at Rikers, and my client is a witness in that case.”
Cruz argued that his client wasn’t a flight risk and should be released without bail because “she has been going to court in Bronx County every single day that her child’s murderer is in court.”
Prosecutor Ashley Stein requested $50,000 bail and Hong set bond at $10,000.
Bronx prosecutor Christine Scaccia is trying to relocate Grullon who lives a few buildings away from where alleged shooter Travis Bloch pumped 16 bullets into her son, court papers show.
Grullon retained Cruz, a private lawyer, and managed to post bail.
The mom of two boys, a 17-year-old and 13-year-old, faces seven counts of grand larceny and one count of petit larceny. Prosecutors said she has several shoplifting convictions in New Jersey.