Jamel Pringle Wiki – Jamel Pringle Biography
Jamel Pringle is a Queens man with 167 arrests on his record who was busted yet again this week for shoplifting from a Rite Aid on the Upper East Side, The Post has learned.
Pringle was nabbed around 8:15 a.m. Monday for stealing 48 items worth close to $430 from the drug store on Second Avenue near East 96th Street, police and Manhattan prosecutors said.
He is 38 years old.
Jamel Pringle Arrested
As with most of his prior arrests, he was charged with petit larceny — a not bail-eligible misdemeanour under the state’s new criminal justice reform law.
Police sources joked that the serial thief “gets frequent flier miles” cycling through the system each time he’s freed on supervised release, thanks to the controversial bail-reform laws.
But on Monday, a Manhattan judge finally ordered Pringle held on bail — at the prosecutors’ request — saying she didn’t believe he would return to court otherwise.
“It would take me all day to go through this rap sheet,” Judge Rachel Pauley said at Pringle’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court as she set his bail at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Prosecutors from District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office had requested bail, citing an amendment to the law that allows repeat offenders who commit a new felony or class A misdemeanour while out on a similar offence to have bail set if both crimes involved harm to a person or property.
Pringle’s criminal history is “extensive” and includes one felony conviction, 88 misdemeanour convictions, and 39 failures to appear, according to Assistant District Attorney Cory Robinson.
On Feb. 3, he was given a desk appearance ticket for petit larceny and public lewdness after cops found him exposing himself inside a CVS on Lexington Avenue near 96th Street.
Pringle allegedly grabbed a tip jar containing $40 from a café on 102nd Street and Lexington Avenue on Jan. 24. According to a criminal complaint, the owner told cops Pringle had pulled the same stunt in November.
Robinson said Pringle took a plea for public lewdness just two weeks ago for exposing himself inside a pizza shop.
In January, he was arrested for petit larceny on the 26th, 12th, 10th, and 9th – in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, police sources said.
Robinson cited an open misdemeanour case from July 2021 in which Pringle is accused of running after a person and their son with a stick, telling them, “I’m going to kill you.”
He allegedly stood outside a barbershop while the parent and child were inside and mouthed, “I’m going to get you” through the window, Robinson said.
The “only time” he appears at hearings is when he’s arrested again and arraigned, Robinson said, adding that Pringle “has been given every opportunity” to show he can abide by court orders and continuously fails to do so.
Pringle is due back in court Friday.