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Suspected gangbanger was ‘big fan’ of American Girl dolls
By Priscilla DeGregory and Natalie Musumeci
December 13, 2016 | 3:58pm

Tyrone Sexton (right) was busted for making purchases at the American Girl store with fraudulent credit cards. Photo: Johnathan Baskin; Brooklyn DA

The “American Girl” doll craze has now reached even Brooklyn gangbangers.

A takedown bust of 35 Brownsville-based gang members included one hardened thug who used stolen credit cards to buy a slew of illicit goodies — including at least two of the pricey Mattel dolls online, officials revealed Tuesday.

“He was apparently a big fan of the store American Girl,” quipped acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez of Tyrone “Ty” Sexton, 29, at a press conference with Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

In announcing the indictments of Sexton and 34 other violent gangbangers tied to the “Hoodstarz” street gang and affiliated crews, including Folk Nation and the 823 Crips, authorities said Sexton made the purchases in December 2015 and this past January totaling $378 and $384 respectively from American Girl.

The East New York resident allegedly used credit-card information stolen from two women, one of whom lives in New Jersey, officials said.

The merchandise was shipped to Sexton’s apartment, and sources said they believe the dolls were for a little girl in his life.

Sexton also purchased 16 tickets to the Summer Jam concert at MetLife Stadium for $1,960 on May 2, allegedly using stolen credit-card information from a Minnesota woman, officials said.

Gonzalez said Sexton and his cohorts would test out the forged cards to make sure the accounts were still active, by charging $1 amounts to the city’s Muni-Meters.

After succeeding, another suspect, Shaquille “Lotso” Reid, 23, crowed to a pal during a wiretapped phone call saying, “The card shot like Steph Curry,” referring to the Golden State Warriors’ star point guard, said Gonzalez.

Others items the gangbangers bought in the credit-card scheme included the rental of high-end cars, merchandise on the home-shopping network and guns.

The investigation into the matter began in the fall of 2015.

The bust of the gang members resulted in charges of burglary, weapons possession and drug dealing as well as the financial crimes.

“This is the end of Hoodstarz’s violence, identity theft, bogus rental cars, and drug dealing that permeated the streets,” O’Neill said.
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