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Withdrawal Pains


Someone accessed a woman's bank account and made an unauthorized withdrawal. At 9 a.m. on Monday, September 30, a 46-year-old woman living on East 71st Street was informed by her bank of a $2,400 withdrawal. She was told that a woman had entered the bank's branch at West 61st Street and Broadway and withdrawn the money. The victim was further informed that $5,000 of her money had been transferred from her savings to her checking account without her permission or authorization.


Late-Night Assault


A woman was assaulted and robbed as she entered her apartment building. At 3:40 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, a 24-year-old woman was followed into her building on East 81st Street by an unknown man, who punched her several times on the face, causing a bruise and a lump on the right side of her face. She then fell down to the ground and bumped her head, causing a lump on the back of her head. The man took some items from her and fled in an unknown direction. Police searched the area but could not find her assailant. No surveillance video was available. The items stolen were an iPhone 4S valued at $450, $40 in cash, and a wallet from J. Crew priced at $18.


Class Act


A man stole a woman's handbag from her car as her daughter looked on. At 4:35 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, a 40-year-old woman was picking up her younger daughter from class on Third Avenue when she got a phone call from her older daughter, whom she had left unattended in her car in front of the building. The older daughter reported that a 35-year-old man wearing a green tank top and a camouflage hat had reached into the car and removed the mother's handbag through the open driver's-side window. The man fled in an unknown direction. Police searched the area but could not find the thief. Items stolen were a Goyard handbag valued at $1,300, $500 in cash, a Prada wallet costing $400, and Fendi makeup. The total taken amounted to $2,400.


Jacket Jack


A couple stole an expensive jacket from a clothing boutique on Madison Avenue. Surveillance video showed the couple entering the store at 5:58 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1. The woman pretended to shop, while the man removed a $42,000 Helston Belstaff cropped biker jacket from inside a glass display, placed the jacket under his outer garment, and walked out of the store.


Lane Insane


Two men in a van assaulted a cabbie in a road rage incident. At 3:55 p.m. on Monday, September 30, a 30-year-old male cab driver was heading southbound on Lexington Avenue. A double-parked truck was blocking the lane in front of him, and he put his signal on to merge right into the next lane. Two 40-year-old men in a van behind him began cursing at him and got out of their vehicle, a black 2005 GM Savanna 2500 with New York plates NY-94736MA. The men from the van then began punching and kicking the cabbie, causing scratches to his neck and both arms. The men finally fled in their van southbound on Lexington Avenue.


GPS MIA


Someone broke into a Time Warner Cable truck and stole a GPS. At 4:02 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, a 39-year-old woman working for Time Warner Cable returned to her company pickup truck parked on East 95th Street. She noticed that her driver's-side window had been broken and the Garmin GPS removed.


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