As it's often said, you can't give yourself a nickname,

And while the origins of one New York state man's nickname are not fully known at this point, police say his actions did not live up to his moniker at all. You'd think someone calling themselves 'smooth' would want to make things easy for themselves?

In fact, officials are saying this unlikely named suspect is now facing felony charges of 4th degree grand larceny.


According to The Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, while there are no mandatory prison sentence for a grand larceny in the fourth degree conviction, you may be sentenced to prison for up to four years.

DJ Smooth Gets Busted 

The New York State Police said in a press release that  Troopers responded to a stolen wallet complaint that occurred at an Aldi grocery store in the town of Dunkirk, NY.

State Police say the complainant told them that she had mistakenly left her wallet near the register after paying for her groceries.  However, when she realized her wallet was missing, she went back in the store and could not find it

With the assistance of Aldi’s management, State Police reviewed surveillance footage that showed an unknown male, identified as a 39-year-old Dunkirk man, taking the wallet with him as he left the store.


Further investigation would reveal that the suspect had an alias of “DJ Smooth.” Police have not disclosed if this is some sort of stage name, or if he just decided to start calling himself DJ Smooth one day.

State Police said they would later locate Smooth. and take him into custody without incident.  He was transported for processing where he was ultimately charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree, an E felony.

Not so smooth.

9 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- October 2023

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 10/01/2023:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

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