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Jewelry was stolen from a hidden location in a woman’s apartment. At Around 10 a.m. on October 17, a 34-year-old woman living on West 67th Street discovered jewelry missing from her apartment. There were no signs of forced entry, nor had any unauthorized personnel entered the apartment. The missing jewelry had been kept in a pouch hidden behind clothes in a closet. The woman’s parents were visiting during the period when the theft occurred, and the couple had taken overnight trips out of the apartment. The stolen jewelry consisted of a diamond bracelet valued at $8,000, pearl necklaces worth $6,000, golden necklaces worth $5,000, a gold bracelet valued at $3,500, a silver watch pendant and chain priced at $2,500, a coral necklace worth $2,000, a silver necklace valued at $1,500, and a pearl bracelet costing $800. The total amount missing came to $29,300.

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide

Two men and a woman shoplifted items at two different stores on Columbus Avenue. At 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, a 43-year-old man, a 39-year-old man, and a 40-year-old woman walked into a clothing boutique and then a runners shop on Columbus Avenue. At each store, the men took one piece of apparel apiece and hid the merchandise under their own jackets. Both men walked out of the stores with their female accomplice before taking a yellow taxi at Columbus Avenue and West 69th Street. The reporter of the crimes and another witness followed the cab and were able to identify the perpetrators when the taxi pulled over at the arrest location. The thieves were searched, and crack pipes, pliers commonly used as burglar tools, and merchandise from other stores were discovered on their persons, along with the merchandise stolen at the boutique and runners shop. The defendants were arrested and charged with grand larceny. The items stolen from the boutique amounted to $2,800 and from the runners shop $1,100, for a total of $3,900.

Snatching Clothes from the inside

A clothing store employee was arrested and charged with grand larceny. During a period between 12 noon on Saturday, August 10 and 3 p.m., September 25, a 19-year-old woman working at a chain clothing store on Broadway conducted numerous fraudulent transactions using stolen credit cards. The total amount stolen was more than $7,000. She was arrested on October 20.

Scooter Looter

Someone stole a man’s scooter on West 73rd street. At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, a 56-year-old man parked his scooter on West 73rd Street. At 7:45 a.m. the next morning, he found his scooter was gone. There were no video cameras on the scene, and police were unable to locate the missing machine. The stolen two-wheeler was a black 2008 Vespa valued at $2,000.

Moving Violation

Items were stolen from a woman’s apartment as she was packing to move. At 12 noon on Tuesday, October 15, an 85-year-old woman living on West 72nd Street packed items in a box to be moved to Chicago. She returned home at 5 p.m. after attending a theater matinee and found that the property had been removed from the box without permission or authorization. The woman told police that the only people with access to the apartment were personnel from the moving company. There were no signs of forced entry to the apartment, nor were there any videos of the incident. The items stolen were a diamond ring valued at $5,000, another diamond ring valued at $3,000, a sapphire and diamond ring priced at $1,500, a topaz diamond ring costing $1,000, a garnet diamond ring valued at $1,000, a blue croissante with diamond priced at $500, a gold bracelet costing $250, and a gold chain valued at $200. The total amounted to $12,450.

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