Crime Watch

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


Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Illustration by John S. Winkleman

In Dutch
Someone bumped into a woman on the street and stole the purse she was wearing on her shoulder. At 3:20 PM on Thursday, September 5, a 64-year-old woman from Holland was crossing the street at the southeast corner of Dey Street and Church Street when someone bumped into her on her left side. After she crossed the street, she noticed that her purse, which had been hanging by a strap on her shoulder, was gone. Police searched the area but couldn’t find the purse or the robber. Multiple cameras at the location may have caught the incident. Items taken included a brown leather purse valued at$300, a brown leather wallet worth $150, United Airlines plane tickets valued at $1,200, a Nikon digital camera worth $500, $150 in cash, Dutch passports, an HTC One X cell phone, various credit and debit cards, and a driver’s license. The total haul amounted to $2,300.

Hiring Heist

A woman being interviewed for a job stole her potential employer’s wallet. At 11:35 AM on Thursday, September 5, a 44-year-old woman was interviewing a 22-year-old woman in her pet store on Washington Street. The pet storeowner stepped out of her office for a minute, leaving her pocketbook and wallet on the desk while the job applicant remained in the office. Store video showed the applicant reach into the storeowner’s pocketbook and take her wallet. Items taken included a brown leather wallet, $80 in cash, various credit and debit cards, a Social Security card, health insurance card, a New York State driver’s license, and the storeowner’s car registration.

Knocked Off and Ripped Off
A man’s bike was stolen after he got knocked off the vehicle. At 8:35 PM on Friday, August 30, a 65-year-old man from Staten Island was riding his bicycle southbound on State Street heading toward the Staten Island Ferry terminal, when an unknown man struck him in the face with his closed fist. The bike rider fell off his vehicle, and the thief rode away on the bike, last seen heading northbound on Broadway. The bike owner did not get a good look at the thief and could not describe him. Police searched the area but couldn’t locate the thief or the bike. The stolen bicycle was pink.

Two Two-Wheelers Taken
Two bicycles were stolen from a bike rack on Vesey Street. At 4:45 PM on Sunday, September 1, a 39-year-old man left two bicycles at a bike rack on Vesey Street. When he returned, the cycles were gone. They had not been securely locked. Police searched the area but were unable to find the missing bikes. No video was available. The bikes stolen were a blue Felt road bike valued at $2,000 and a blue specialized road bike priced at $1,000. Total amount of the bikes stolen: $3,000.
Now You See It, Now It’s Gone
A man’s bicycle was stolen right before his eyes. At 6:33 PM on Tuesday, September 3, a 42-year-old man parked his bicycle on the sidewalk, leaving it unchained at the southwest corner of Watts Street and Greenwich Street. He next saw two perpetrators — a 30-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman — steal the bike in their red-and-white box truck. The stolen bike was a Babboe City cargo bike valued at $1,500.

Bad End on North End
A man’s bike was stolen on North End Avenue. At 2:25 PM on Saturday, September 7, a 32-year-old man from Jersey City, NJ locked up his bike on North End Avenue. When he returned twenty minutes later, he found both the bike and the lock were missing. He had bought the bike just one month earlier. Video may have captured the incident. The stolen bike was a white-with-blue-trim Giant Bicycle Defy Advanced valued at $4,500.

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