An executive at a billion-dollar investment bank was busted at the Tribeca Whole Foods for shoplifting $210 in goods — which he allegedly tried to sneak out in his children’s stroller, court records revealed.
Jordan Lupu, 42, was spotted by store security and busted by cops Feb. 5 as he was leaving the high-end supermarket on Greenwich Street, just a few blocks from his $3 million home.
Lupu, who was pushing his two kids at the time, tried to “remove three Whole Body products and 28 grocery items from displays and conceal the items underneath [his] baby stroller,” according to a criminal complaint that came to light this week.
Cops issued the banker a desk-appearance ticket and he was arraigned in April on one count each of petit larceny and possession of stolen property.
Lupu, the co-head of global prime brokerage at BMO Capital Markets, has a swanky pad in the same building as Breitling President Thierry Prissert, property records show.
The father of two, who also has a $1.4 million home in Westchester, accepted a deal Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court — an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.
Lupu didn’t have to admit guilt in the alleged thefts and if he stays out of trouble for six months, the charges will be dropped and the case sealed.
Lupu’s lawyer, Andrew Lankler, staunchly denied the charges against his client — and brushed off the case as a misunderstanding.
“Jordan was pushing a double stroller with his young children and wanted to check the price of an item located behind the cashier, and the only way to reach the item without leaving his children unaccompanied was to walk around the cashier down the ramp toward the item he was looking at but happened to be near the exit,” the lawyer said.
“He checked the price and was turning the stroller to go back toward the cashier. He never left the store or had any intention of leaving the store without purchasing the items.”
A spokeswoman for BMO Bank of Montreal declined to comment. Whole Foods also declined to comment.
But an employee at the Tribeca location said the glitzy grocer has always been a favorite target for filching foodies.
“People steal from here all the time,” the staffer said.
The posh chain’s Brooklyn location was raided by the owner of a well-known children’s boutique in March.
Area Kids head Loretta Gendville was charged with snatching $1,149 worth of items from the Gowanus superstore.
Source: NY Post