Crime Watch

Written by Jeanette Topar on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown.


Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Horn of Larceny

Police arrested a man responsible for a string of recent burglaries. Police announced that they had nabbed 36-year-old Adrian Longo, wanted for a number of break-ins and robberies at area businesses. In the month of January alone, Longo was responsible for break-ins at a noodle shop on Water Street in which he took $700 from two cash registers, as well as establishments on Grand, Thompson, and Sullivan Streets, from the last of which he stole $1,000. Longo has a number of prior arrests and is wanted as well for three other recent burglaries in the sixth precinct. He is also a well-known trumpeter and bandleader and in fact had his horn with him when he was arrested.

Threadsbare

Yet another designer clothing store was broken into and robbed. Someone forced entry into a clothing store on Mercer Street and stole $7,800 worth of women’s clothing.

Dropping Her Guard

A woman was pickpocketed by a gang of thieves. Two women and a male accomplice followed a woman from a bank into a chain drug store on Broadway. There, one of the perpetrators distracted the woman by dropping something on the floor next to her, while one of the two female thieves picked $300 cash from the victim’s pocket.

Forgotten Gains

A woman’s wallet went missing at a local fast-food establishment. At 7 PM on January 20, a 21-year-old woman laid her wallet on the counter of a restaurant on Nassau Street while she paid her check. She left the establishment forgetting her wallet and returned fifteen minutes later when she realized it was missing. The wallet was gone from the counter, and the restaurant employees did not know what had happened to it. The woman checked with her bank and discovered that unauthorized charges had been made to her account. The wallet contained a variety of credit cards as well as her ID card from Pace University.

POLICE ADVISORY: Don’t be the victim of Green Dot prepaid

debit card phone scams

With the availability of Prepaid Debit Cards, criminals have developed new ways to steal from the public:

a) A caller informs the victim that they owe back taxes to the IRS and must make immediate payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak.

b) The victim’s family member had a car accident, and the caller threatens physical violence unless immediate reimbursement is made with a Green Dot MoneyPak.

c) Utility companies demand immediate payment by Green Dot MoneyPak, or your electricity or gas will be turned off.

Crime Prevention Tips

• Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

• Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.

• NEVER give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.

• NEVER wire money or provide debit, credit card, or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.

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