Crime Watch

Written by Sean Creamer on . Posted in Breaking News, Crime Watch Our Town, Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Our Town.


Spread ’Em

Cops aren’t the only ones who will tell you to place your hands on a car—criminals will tell you to do so if they want to make off with your stuff and keep from being seen. On Monday, March 19, near First Avenue and 74th Street at 9 p.m., a man was pushed against a car by some crooks who demanded he empty the contents of his pockets, which happened to be the ever-valuable iPhone 4s with a case and a set of headphones. Two men have been arrested for the crime.

Dancing in the Dark

Going out to a nightclub on a Saturday night is usually an act that can be characterized by dancing and drinking. Unfortunately for one woman on the Upper East Side, the last part of this equation was complicated by robbery. The victim was walking home at about 5 a.m. on Sunday when a thief ran up to her from behind and snatched her purse. She lost credit and bank cards, a wallet, cell phone and a Louis Vuitton bag. So far, there have been no arrests.

Phone Lover Fights

It’s no surprise that iPhones have become the newest target for street thieves. Despite the multitude of GPS trackers and apps that work to prevent phones from being stolen, they are still a hot item on the street. On Friday night on Second Avenue, a woman was talking
on her phone, oblivious to the group of men that were meandering her way. One of the lowbrow crooks tried to take her phone by punching her in the face and running, but the victim would have none of it. After being hit hard, the woman employed a vice-like grip to retain her phone. The perp, seeing that this woman was taking his punches with ease, decided that he and his friends should split before their own phones were stolen. So far, no arrests have been made.

Beer Can Battles

Bar fights are never a fun occurrence. The atmosphere of the night is destroyed, people yell and scream and someone always ends up with a bloody nose—or worse. One Upper East Side man was stricken with just a scenario—as well as a beer can to the face—last Saturday night. After drinking at a pub on Second Avenue, the victim got into an altercation with a young man and was beaned in the face. The attacker tried to flee the scene but was later apprehended. He is being charged with assault.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Mama always said: If you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. A man who was shopping at a chain store in the Upper East Side learned this lesson the hard way. On Saturday, March 17, the man enraged the female clerk behind the counter by “being disrespectful.” The argument ended with her smashing a glass bottle upon his skull. Realizing that a felonious assault was probably not the best way to teach someone to respect women, she fled her place of business and has not been seen since.

Midnight Snacking

Locking your door is a safe way to keep intruders out of a place of business, but having a lock will not do much if the door is made of glass and there is no video surveillance in place. On Tuesday March 13, an employee of a restaurant on First Avenue went into work to open up for the day only to find that a midnight visitor had already opened the door for
him. The burglar made his way into the restaurant and proceeded to make off with several knives and a laptop. So far, there have been no arrests in the case.

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