Crime Watch

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JIMMY CHOO HEIST
Burglars made off with over $70,000 worth of Jimmy Choo handbags and shoes at the designer’s Madison Avenue store Sunday night just before midnight, police said. Two witnesses saw two men running out of the store with white shopping bags. The burglars hopped in a gray minivan and sped off.

A store security guard was downstairs in a storeroom when he heard noise in the showroom. He called police, who discovered the glass front door at 716 Madison Ave. was smashed. Thirty-four handbags with an average price of over $2,000 were stolen along with two pairs of shoes and one keychain, police said.

Witnesses gave police the license plate of the getaway van. No arrests have been made. Store employees declined to comment.

WOMAN MUGGED
A 30-year-old woman was mugged in her vestibule as she was coming home at 3 a.m. on Sunday, police said. The woman was looking for her keys to the front door of her walk-up at East 75th Street, between First and York avenues, when a man grabbed her purse, saying, “Shut up, all I want is your money,” according to police.

The robber became agitated when he could not find anything. When he grabbed her wallet, the woman started to fight back and all of her belongings fell to the floor. The man took about $20 before running off. Police said the woman’s lobby has a surveillance camera but did not indicate if they had tried to review the tape.

WIFE BEATER
A 44-year-old woman living at a shelter at 1645 First Ave. was punched repeatedly in the face by her husband early Tuesday morning at about 2:30, police said. The attack left the woman with a cut on her nose and a swollen face. She told police her husband also kicked her in the stomach.

The wife said the assault began during an argument over money and that her husband, 36, ran away after the beating.
Police had not made an arrest as of Tuesday afternoon.

Aguila Inc., a Bronx-based nonprofit that provides transitional housing for homeless families, runs a shelter at the address. It has various kinds of shelters across the city and it’s not clear if the husband was also living at the shelter. Aguila officials did not return messages Tuesday.

LAPTOPS LIFTED
Workers at a hair and nail salon at 15 E. 71st St. reported that two laptop computers were stolen last week sometime after the store had closed.

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