Crime Watch

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in Crime Watch West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit.


Bling Goes Bye-Bye

A 34-year-old woman was in her apartment on Amsterdam Avenue on Jan. 26 with her friend. The victim said that while her friend was in her apartment, her engagement ring and other jewelry were stolen. The diamond engagement ring was worth $7,500 and the other jewelry totaled $600. Police are on the lookout for the suspect, a 30-year-old, 5’3” Hispanic woman. No arrests have yet been made.

Moving Day Troubles

A 37-year-old woman said that while she was moving into her new apartment on West 67th Street on Jan. 25, she placed her two handbags on a shelf in a closet. The woman reported to police that her pocketbooks were taken at some point during the move when only the moving company had access to her apartment. There were no signs of forced entry and no cameras present at the scene. A Chanel bag worth $1,750 and a Bottega Veneta bag worth $750 were stolen.

Man Stabs Boss With a Pen

On Feb. 1, a man reported that on the sidewalk on West 74th Street, his worker became upset while he was on the phone with his mother. The employee hung up the phone and proceeded to stab his boss in the forehead with a pen. The victim, a 31-year-old man from the Bronx, had cuts and lacerations on his head. The 21-year-old assailant was arrested for assault on location.

Violent Phone Thieves

On Jan. 27, a 35-year-old man was waiting for a taxi in front of a restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue, to take him home to his apartment on . While he was waiting, he told police he was approached by three men. One of them said, “Do you want me to stab you? Let me get your phone.” The victim put his phone away, but another one of the perpetrators grabbed the iPhone and began to beat him. The victim was knocked unconscious from the assault. When he came to, he took a taxi home, but refused medical attention. There were cameras in the area and police are on the lookout for a Hispanic male, believed to be 23 years old, wearing a gray sweater.

Assailant Claims to Have Firearm, Steals Phone

A teenager who lives on Broadway was approached by an unknown man on West 78th Street on Jan. 29th. The boy said the man lifted his jacket, simulating a firearm and said, “Ya see this?” The perpetrator told his victim to hand over his phone and said, “If you call the cops, pops are going to happen.” The victim saw his assailant walk Northbound on West End Avenue. Police are on the lookout for a black man wearing a black leather jacket.

Woman’s Money Goes Missing After Opera

On Jan. 29, a woman took the bus to see the opera at . Afterward, she took the bus back to her apartment. While on the bus, she noticed her wallet was missing. The victim called her bank, and found out that two unauthorized transactions had occurred on her account: $1,500 at a computer store, among other smaller charges. In all, the woman’s wallet, credit card and debit card were taken.

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