A woman who described herself as a “professional booster” after being busted for shoplifting earlier this year has been arrested again – for allegedly robbing the same Manhattan drugstore 10 times, police said.
Michelle Mckelley, 42, now has 108 arrests under her belt after her last arrest on Wednesday when she was charged with 10 separate petty larceny charges from the Rite Aid at Second Avenue and East 96th Street, cops and a police source said.
“She’s got 108 arrests!” the Manhattan cop shouted. “What are they waiting for 200 arrests to hold them? when does it stop It ridicules the system.”
Mckelley’s alleged rampage at the Rite Aid began April 21 and resulted in the theft of dozens of body washes, hair products, soaps, candies and other items totaling $1,375, police said.
On April 29, she allegedly stole “10 summer coolers” worth $350, according to police. How she managed to take the large coolers out of the store undetected was unclear, police said.
On May 17, she allegedly used a suitcase to steal denim leggings, several bottles of body wash, an array of air fresheners and other products worth $210.
Mckelley was awaiting indictment in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday.
Her arrest for the Rite Aid spree came three days after she was busted Sunday for stealing from a target at Columbus Avenue and 100th Street.
During that visit, she is accused of stealing four containers of Tide Pods, two Sun Squad backpacks, a pack of Chips Ahoy, four Febreze air fresheners and six Glade air fresheners, totaling $139, according to police.
A judge in Manhattan released her on supervised release.
Back in February, she was caught for allegedly stealing from a target on Third Avenue near East 70th Street – in what is believed to be her 96th arrest.
After that arrest, Mckelley reportedly told police, “I haven’t been caught in a long time,” prosecutors said.
“I’m a professional booster. You stop my rush,” the serial shoplifter is said to have told the officials, according to the prosecutor.
Speaking to The Post after her arraignment – where she was released – Mckelley said: “I don’t call it theft, I call it professional boosting.”
Most of her arrests were for petty theft, an offense that does not qualify for bail under state law.
“You have people stealing items from these stores all the time,” the Manhattan police officer said. “It affects urban life. Businesses move and people have to travel to other areas to get what they need. And nobody does anything about it.”
The judge in Mckelley’s February case agreed to release her under the supervision of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) while warning her against being arrested again.
Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD detective sergeant and an associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said the program clearly didn’t work for Mckelley.
“The city and activists have tried to push people into alternatives to prison, but apparently that doesn’t deter Michelle,” Giacalone said.
“At this point they have to hold her on bail and she has to take some time off. She is a walking crime tide.”
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