Bobby Gonzalez

Harvard’s own Caroline Giuliani (above).

Caroline Giuliani, daughter of ex-mayor and failed presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani, and long time WPIX news anchor Donna Hanover, was arrested today in New York City after allegedly shoplifting from a Sephora on East 86th St. in Manhattan.

The daughter of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after she was accused of shoplifting at an upscale makeup store on the upper East Side, police sources said.

Caroline Giuliani, 20, was caught at Sephora about 3:30 p.m., sources said.

Caroline Giuliani, the daughter of former NYC mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover, was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at an East 86th Street Sephora. The Post reports that the Harvard student “was taken to Manhattan’s 19th Precinct stationhouse for processing” while the Daily News says the 20-year-old “was caught at Sephora about 3:30 p.m., sources said. Surveillance video is being reviewed by police.” A few years ago, it was reported that Caroline Giuliani was going by the name “Caroline Hanover.”

Normally, I’d say that if a person with obvious means is guilty of such a crime, that it’s a cry for attention, and that jail is unnecessary.  I’m not going to be a hypocrite and differ from that, even though I know what her father would say if this happened and the crime was allegedly committed by one of yours or my kids.

Caroline Giuliani’s is the 2nd high profile local shop lift to make our page.

Giuliani last made news in 2008 when she campaigned for Obama.  Says a lot about her dear old dad. 

We’ll be keeping a close eye on this for you.

Keep Your Nose Clean,

Crack (,

Former Manhattan and Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez (above).

Bobby Gonzalez was in a Jersey court briefly today as an odd story about the man purse that Gonzalez allegedly stole from the Polo Store in an upscale New Jersey mall was reported by the New York Post.

Former Seton Hall basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to shoplifting a satchel at an upscale shopping mall last month.

Gonzalez spoke during the five-minute arraignment only to verify his address in Harrison, N.Y. His attorney, Anna Cominsky, entered the plea on his behalf. Neither commented after the proceeding.

Gonzalez is accused of taking a satchel worth about $1,400 from the Polo Ralph Lauren store in The Mall at Short Hills on June 29. Police said he removed the sensor device from the satchel and walked out of the store without paying for it.
According to a police report, the Polo store manager reported that the manager of a restaurant in the mall returned the satchel. The restaurant manager said someone had come into the eatery, left the satchel with the hostess and never returned.

Gonzalez faces criminal mischief and shoplifting charges; the shoplifting charge is punishable by up to five years in jail, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Gonzalez surrendered to police in Millburn on July 5 and has not had to post bail.

Municipal Court Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez scheduled Gonzalez’ next court appearance for Aug. 27.

Gonzalez left the “satchel” in a restaurant in the mall with a hostess?  Could he have mistakenly taken the bag and then felt embarrassed?  Could it have been a scatter brain moment from the coach, or is it something more sinister, like a neurological disease?

Or does Bobby Gonzalez just like to feel up and pocket pretty hand bags?

All immensely compelling.  We’ll keep an eye on it for you.

–Crack (

Bobby Gonzalez, former Seton Hall coach (above).

Bobby Gonzalez, once a hot commodity in the college basketball coaching world, who made a name for himself at Manhattan College before moving on to the Seton Hall in the Big East, was arrested yesterday by Millburn, New Jersey police Monday for shoplifting and criminal mischief, for allegedly taking a man bag from the Polo Store in the Short Hills Mall in late June.

 The Millburn (N.J.) Police Department charged the former Seton Hall coach with shoplifting and criminal mischief Monday for the alleged theft of a $1,395 men’s satchel from the Polo Ralph Lauren store in the Short Hills Mall. The police say the satchel was taken out of the store June 29, but Gerry Krovatin, Mr. Gonzalez’s attorney, said the incident was “a misunderstanding and a series of miscommunications.” Mr. Gonzalez, who also formerly coached Manhattan, was fired in March, the day after one of his Seton Hall players was ejected from what would be the Pirates’ last game of the season for punching an opposing player below the belt.

Gonzalez, a local recruiting dynamo, was expected to improve the fortunes of the Seton Hall basketball program after taking over the reins from former Syracuse star and New York Knick Louis Orr.  But Gonzalez (66-59) had more trouble and less success in West Orange than did Orr (80-69).

Gonzalez’ stay at Seton Hall ended on a bad note, when one of Gonzalez’ players punched an opponent below the belt in the Pirates final game of the season, that ended with Seton Hall going 19-13, ironically, in what was Gonzalez’ best record in 4 years with Seton Hall. 

Gonzalez was replaced by 34 year old Iona coach Kevin Willard, who did an excellent job there, on March 29th, 2010.

Gonzalez’ arrest could cloud or negatively impact his impending lawsuit against Seton Hall for breech of contract.  We hope Gonzalez can get past this odd set of circumstances.  We’ve always thought he was a good coach and we’ve never loved Seton Hall’s treatment of their coaches–especially the firing of Knicks’ alum Louis Orr, who had made excellent strides with their basketball program.

Gonzalez is innocent until proven otherwise.

–Crack (