NYC gangbanger embroiled in high-end heists gets a sweet deal from prosecutor Alvin Bragg

A Manhattan gangbanger with a knack for high-end robberies could have his latest charges dropped thanks to a sugar-sweet deal from District Attorney Alvin Bragg — because prosecutors are too busy to review the case, The Post has learned.

Charles Lindsay — a well-respected member of the “Rich Fam” gang who has a history of committing expensive robberies — was last tried on Dec. 10 for allegedly selling nearly $25,000 in expensive handbags and other items from Madison boutiques Avenue had stolen sources and court records.

Lindsay, 22, is also a suspect in the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Brooklyn in May, as well as a grand larceny in February and a robbery in March, sources said.

But last week in court, prosecutors agreed to drop four grand larceny charges against Lindsay if she attends just five sessions of Manhattan Justice Opportunities, an alternative sentencing program for minor offenders.

Prosecutors told police the deal came about because the prosecutor’s office was trying to clean up its calendar while dealing with a high caseload, a source said.

Manhattan gangbanger Charles Lindsay, 22.
Manhattan gangbanger Charles Lindsay, 22, was charged earlier this month with robberies at four high-end boutiques on Madison Avenue – but does not face jail time.

A provision in the state’s controversial 2019 criminal justice reforms — which abolished bail in most criminal cases — includes restrictions on “quick trials” that have left prosecutor’s offices across the city overwhelmed with understaffing.

Local prosecutors are so busy meeting deadlines to provide defense attorneys with evidence that cases are falling by the wayside – and many young and promising assistant prosecutors are giving up as a result, The Post reported in March.

Gov. Kathy Hochul later announced changes to the restrictions to take some of the pressure off prosecutors, but the restrictions continue the system.

Bragg has also come under fire since taking office in January, when he announced he would not seek jail time on a number of counts and would be downgrading felony charges in hordes of cases — including armed robbery and drug-related offenses.

Last month, Manhattan prosecutors said they only pursued two counts against a serial shoplifter with nearly a dozen counts because it would have been “a waste of resources” for the overhauled bureau.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, center, offered Charles Lindsay an alternative justice program, despite allegations that Lindsay stole nearly $25,000 worth of high-end merchandise.
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The deal Lindsay struck last week didn’t even require him to pay back the boutiques he robbed for the value of the stolen goods.

“Christmas came super early for this guy,” a law enforcement source told The Post.

“This is very frustrating,” added the source. “It’s hard to talk to the victims – these employees – after this guy’s been fired. We need your cooperation to arrest these individuals.

The source noted, “We can’t say we’re too busy to arrest these people. So why is it the other way around? This is not an anomaly.”

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Lindsay was accused of hitting swanky boutiques four times in just one week.

He is said to have stolen $3,080 worth of merchandise from the Etro boutique at 720 Madison Avenue on December 2 – and returned to the store the next day, allegedly having stolen another $3,540 worth of items , according to the complaint.

On December 6, he was charged with taking $8,340 worth of merchandise from a Zadig & Voltaire store at 1133 Madison Avenue.

And on Dec. 8, he allegedly stole $9,860 worth of merchandise from the Akris boutique at 831 Madison Avenue, bringing the total for the week to $24,914, the sources said.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has come under fire for his pro-crime policies aimed at reducing charges for many of the defendants his office is prosecuting.
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Under the deal he got from prosecutors, Lindsay must attend five counseling sessions with the group, and the felony charges in the four major counts of theft will be dropped if he passes.

None of these charges qualify for bail under the 2019 reforms, which prevent judges from setting bail for misdemeanors and many crimes.

That means Lindsay would have been released without bail while the charges were pending anyway – raising questions as to why prosecutors were so quick to offer a deal to have the charges dropped immediately upon his indictment, the sources said.

A spokesman for the Manhattan Attorney’s Office said in an email Thursday that prosecutors “have not been notified that this individual is wanted for any other crime.”

“We made a decision based on the facts we had.”

The Legal Aid Society, which represents Lindsay, did not respond to a request for comment on the case Thursday.

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