Rochelle’s Co-Owner Was Arrested Last Week for Grand Larceny at Chelsea Market

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 at 5:00 am by

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For Brett David, co-owner of Rochelle’s on Chrystie Street, bad decisions are indeed served nightly, as the byline on its Twitter page boasts. It appears the nightlife operator was busted last week (November 5) for allegedly stealing a coat from a designer sample sale in Chelsea Market. The above photo was posted to the bar’s Yelp page with the following caption…

The owner (Brett D. Stephan) was arrested for stealing women’s clothing from a designer sample sale. If he is that unscrupulous, imagine what they are doing with the food and drinks. Stay away.

We spoke to DCPI of the NYPD to learn more about the crime. According to the police report filed, Brett David Stephan, 36, allegedly tried on a jacket, then covered it with his own hoodie, only to exit without paying. He was caught red-handed, and quickly arrested for grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Estimated value of the goods stolen was approximately $1,295.

Technically, though, Brett David really isn’t the co-owner of Leave Rochelle Out of It. Remember that there is a whole history of shadiness regarding the liquor license. Former property owner Michael Shah (who sold the building to Ariel Soudry for $12 million) is listed as 50-50 owner with Matt Levine. The two remain embroiled in a multimilion-dollar, protracted lawsuit. Brett David and Stephen Yorsz are simply creative directors; convicted felon Victor Jung is also involved in the project (served time for stealing $1.3 million from NBC Universal).

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