Crime Watch

Written by Jerry Danzig on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown.


Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Vandam Varmint

A thief snatched a woman’s bag on Vandam Street. At 2 a.m. on Monday, September 30, a 31-year-old woman from Brooklyn was walking in a dark part of Vandam Street toward Sixth Avenue, when an unknown perpetrator snatched her bag off her shoulder and fled west toward Varick Street. One fraudulent charge of $300 turned up on her stolen card. Other items taken were a black Chanel classic bag valued at $3,500, a white iPhone 4S priced at $600, a black iPhone 4 costing $450, a gray Tory Burch wallet valued at $275, and an unlimited one-month Metro card costing $113. The total stolen amounted to $5,338.

Mac Attack

A man’s computer was stolen from his car at 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. The 24-year-old man from Pennsauken, NJ left his 2011 Chevy Impala unlocked and unattended for five minutes on Park Row. When he returned to the car, he found that his Mac Pro computer was missing from the front passenger seat. Police searched the area but could not find the computer, which also lacked tracking software. The machine was valued at $1,500.

Bad News

A woman’s car was stolen while she was delivering newspapers. At 5 a.m. on Monday, September 23, a 29-year-old woman from Baltimore, MD was delivering newspapers on Broome Street, leaving her green 2005 Ford Expedition with MD plates running with the keys in the ignition. A man walked by, entered the car and drove off, heading southbound on Varick from Broome.

Citi Bike Jack

A man stole a Citi Bike from a rider on Friday afternoon. At 2:05 p.m. on September 27, a 28-year-old man had just entered a code for a Citi Bike at the northwest corner of West Street and Chambers Street, when a man came up from behind, took the bike, and left the location. The Citi Bike ID was Y05650. Police searched the area but could not find the missing bike. There was no video of the incident. The Citi Bike was valued at $1,200.

Bomber Glommers

Two men and two women shoplifted an item of clothing from a store on West Broadway. At 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, two men walked into the clothing boutique, followed by two women. he quartet shopped around for a while until the women grabbed a blue floral bomber jacket and fled the store. The two men followed and ran south on West Broadway, before all four got into a gray Chevy Blazer with New York State plates ELM 4013. The vehicle was last seen on Grand Street. Police searched the area but could not find the car or the thieves. Video surveillance captured the entire incident. The clothing stolen was a blue Moncler bomber style jacket valued at $1,050.

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