NYPress.com - New York's essential guide to culture, arts, politics, news and more » Crime Watch Our Town Downtown http://nypress.com New York's essential guide to culture, arts, politics, news and more Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:34:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-178/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-178/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:48:44 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=71660 CrimeWatchNaked Aggression

A fight between a woman and her ex-boyfriend went viral. At midnight on Saturday, April 5, a 23-year-old woman got into a dispute with her ex-boyfriend as she was about to enter her apartment on Water Street. They were arguing, when he grabbed her cell phone and sent out a naked photo of her to all the contacts stored in the phone’s memory. He then threw down the phone, pushed her into the apartment, and threw her down, causing a laceration to her right foot. She refused medical attention, and her ex-boyfriend fled the scene.

Deconstruction Site

Valuable equipment and supplies were removed from a construction site. At 8 AM on Monday, April 7, workers returning to a construction site on Broome Street discovered that some $12,000 in materials and equipment had been taken overnight. Items stolen included copper pipes, a pipe cutter, drills, a wood saw, and more. The thieves had gained access by prying two pieces of plywood from the fence surrounding the site.

Nothing Taken!

An intruder broke into a store overnight, but stole nothing. At 8:30 PM on Monday, April 7, a man entered a chain store on Spring Street through the front glass door. He took an elevator to the stock room on the second floor, where he kicked in a glass door and looked around, before leaving the store taking nothing. The incident was captured on video.

Trying-On Experience

Someone stole a young woman’s engagement ring. At 2:15 PM on Sunday, April 6, a 23-year-old woman was trying on clothing in a store on Broadway. She left the store before realizing that she had left her engagement ring in the dressing room. She returned there and found that the ring was missing. Store video showed that two women subsequently entered the dressing room, but it is unknown which of the pair might have taken the ring, which was valued at $10,000.

When the Music Stopped

A thief stole a woman’s iPhone – while she was listening to music on it. At 9 AM on Thursday, April 3, a 23-year-old woman was walking at the corner of Water and Broad Streets with her headphones in. All of a sudden, the music stopped, and she discovered that someone had unplugged her earphones and removed the iPhone from her pocket. It was valued at $300.

Stroller Roller

A wallet was stolen from a baby stroller. At 8:30 AM on Monday, March 31, a 37-year-old woman was leaving her child at a nursery school on North Moore Street. She entered the building with the child, leaving her wallet in a baby stroller on the sidewalk. When she returned to the stroller five minutes later, she found that her wallet was missing, containing her bank and credit cards. Fortunately, no unauthorized charges turned up.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-174/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-174/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:15:35 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=71523 The Bane of Bainbridge Avenue

A man was asked to pay to get his lost cell phone back. At 7:10 PM on Monday, March 31, a 24-year-old man from River Edge, NJ left his phone with its case and a debit card at a chain Mexican restaurant on Maiden Lane. When he realized that he had left his phone in the restaurant, he began tracking the device and he canceled the card. He tracked the phone to Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx before it was turned off. One unauthorized charge for $6.29 had turned up on the card at a fast food restaurant on Third Avenue in the Bronx. The victim later called his phone, and an unknown man identifying himself as Jay offered to sell the phone back. The stolen phone was an iPhone 5S valued at $500. The victim also lost a MetroCard worth $10 that was in the phone case.

Conference Haul

Someone stole a woman’s laptop from a hotel conference room. At 10:20 AM on Thursday, March 27, a 29-year-old woman from Walden, NY, was attending a conference at a hotel on West Street. She left the conference room to take a coffee break, leaving her laptop bag and a purse with her wallet under her chair. When she returned twenty minutes later, the laptop and bag were missing, and her wallet had been taken from her purse. Approximately 160 to 190 people were attending the conference, but there no witnesses to the theft. The stolen laptop was a Dell Latitude valued at $1,200, and the victim’s wallet had contained several credit cards plus her New York State driver’s license.

Lost, Mom and Dad

A woman left an engraved Rolex watch in a gym. At 7:30 PM on Monday, March 24, a 25-year-old woman placed her Rolex watch in a cup holder while she attended a spin class at a gym on Wall Street. She returned home before she realized that she had left her watch at the gym. She returned to the facility about an hour later and found that her Rolex was gone from the cup holder. She spoke to numerous gym employees, but no one had seen the watch. Her Rolex was engraved with the message, “Love Mom and dad.”

Be Careful What You Say

A man was struck after making a joke at someone else’s expense. At 1 AM on Saturday, March 29, a 34-year-old man was talking to an acquaintance at a bar on Pearl Street when a friend showed up. The man and his acquaintance made a joke at the friend’s expense, and one of the friend’s buddies walked up and punched the man in his right eye, causing a bloody and swollen black-and-blue eye. The victim was treated at a nearby hospital and informed that he would need surgery for a fractured orbital bone. Video is available of the assault.

Rambling Ramblers

Four men shoplifted jeans from a clothing store. At 10:55 AM on Friday, March 28, four young men aged 18 to 21 entered a clothing store on Broadway and removed property from store shelves. They left the store without paying for the merchandise, setting off alarms as they exited. Video is available of the theft. Stolen were five pairs of Rambler lye-washed jeans valued at $970, 10 pairs of Rambler bleached jeans valued at $2,950, and two Herschel backpacks costing $178. The total amount shoplifted came to $4,098.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-171/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-171/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:54:21 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=71323 Chloe Woe

Someone removed property from a woman’s unlocked gym locker. At 6:10 PM on Wednesday, March 19, a 26-year-old woman opened her locker in a gym on Wall Street and went to the bathroom, leaving her bag in the locker and the locker unlocked. When she returned ten minutes later, her bag was gone. She canceled her missing debit card, and no unauthorized transactions turned up. The items stolen from her locker included a Chloe navy blue leather tan-tassel purse valued at $1,500, an Apple iPad priced at $1,000, a Louis Vuitton leather makeup bag costing $500, a Blackberry Bold cell phone valued at $300, and other items totaling $3,692.

The Maleficent Seven

A safe was stolen from a restaurant office. At 7:30 AM on Monday, March 24, a 52-year-old male employee of a restaurant on Church Street entered the basement office and noticed that the office door was wide open; both the restaurant’s office and front doors were usually locked at closing time. The employee entered the office and discovered that the safe containing $4,000 in cash and documents had been taken overnight by an unknown intruder. Police conducted a canvass of the area but were unable to locate the thief or the missing safe. There was a camera inside the office, but its view had been blocked on purpose with an article of clothing; video is available elsewhere inside the restaurant. Neither the restaurant’s office or front door showed signs of forced entry. The restaurant lacked a security alarm, and at least seven employees had keys to both doors. The safe itself was valued at $200.

Thin Air

A thief broke into a man’s parked car and stole his laptop. At 6:30 PM on Wednesday, March 19, a 37-year-old man parked his car on Barclay Street. When he returned to the vehicle an hour later, he found that the rear driver’s-side window had been smashed and his MacBook Air laptop valued at $2,000 was missing from the backseat. A canvass of the area turned up nothing, nor were there any cameras that captured the break-in.

Ready Teddy

Two men shoplifted a pricey jacket from a clothing store. At 2:48 PM on Monday, March 24, two men walked into a clothing store on Mercer Street. The first man tried on some jackets in the fitting room, while the other man sat on the couch in the selling floor waiting area. The man in the fitting room tried on two jackets, walking back and forth between the fitting room and the selling floor. He then put one jacket behind the other, took it back to the fitting room, and came out of the fitting room with one jacket, which he put back on the rack before leaving the store with the other jacket, valued at $2,650. Video is available of the theft. The item stolen was an Ink Blots silk embroidered Teddy.

Burberry Burglary

A man shoplifted a handbag from a department store on Spring Street. A 6:45 PM on Tuesday, March 18, a man removed a black handbag from the store shelf and concealed the bag in the white tote bag with which he had entered the store. He then exited the store without paying. As the handbag had a security tag, the man set off security alarms when he passed through the security checkpoint with two accomplices acting in concert: one a man, the other a woman. Video is available of the theft. The stolen handbag was a Burberry valued at $1,595.

Pizza Dough

A man stole cash and a computer from a pizza shop. Sometime during the night of Friday, March 21, a man clipped the front gate of a pizza shop on Park Place and entered through the front door. He then removed the Dell laptop valued at $1,500 and took $300 in cash from the register. The gate he smashed was itself worth $300. Police conducted a canvass of the area but were unable to locate the pizza prowler. Video is available of the break-in.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-168/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-168/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:04:53 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=71190 Ticket Take

Someone stole a woman’s coat check ticket and her property. At 11 p.m. on Friday, March 7, a 25-year-old woman from Brooklyn went to a party at a restaurant on Broadway and checked her property at the coat check. When she went to leave at 3 a.m., she discovered that her ticket was missing. She went to the coat check and was told her belongings were no longer there. The items stolen were an Apple MacBook Pro valued at $1,200, an iPad 4G priced at $800, and a black-and-white Norma Kamali coat costing $800. In all, the partier was out $2,800.

Ontario Scenario

At 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, a 37-year-old man from St. Thomas, Ontario laid his jacket down on the bar in a club on Warren Street. He later picked up his jacket and returned to his hotel on West Broadway. The next morning, he realized that his debit card and cell phone were missing. He soon learned that numerous unauthorized charges had been made on his cards, totaling about $1,000. The stolen phone was a Blackberry BB10 valued at $800.

Ghastly Guests

On Sunday, March 16, a 19-year-old girl received a phone call from a 21-year-old male friend from work who wanted to come over to her parents’ apartment on Spruce Street to visit while she was alone for the weekend. The girl agreed, and her friend arrived with five buddies in tow. She came to feel uneasy, and when the guests finally left at around 4 a.m., she asked to search their backpacks, but they refused. When the girl’s mother returned home on the 17th, she noticed that her dresser drawer had been tampered with and some $36,500 of her jewelry was missing. Video cameras in the building may have captured the faces of the visitors. The jewelry stolen included a YW metal ring with Mexican Centavo, priced at $9,000, an Antonio Penasa white metal bracelet valued at $8,000, a WH Stone necklace valued at $4,100, and a YW metal ring with two white stones costing $3,500.

Standpipe and Deliver

At 1:24 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, the burgler threw a standpipe cap through the front door of a drugstore on Broadway. He then kicked in the glass and crawled through the hole into the store. He jumped over the front counter and pried open three cash registers, taking $180 out of each register for a total of $540, before fleeing on foot.

Harrison Haul

At 12:15 p.m. on Friday, March 14, a female employee of a jewelry store on Harrison Street discovered that items of jewelry were missing. Both the front door of the building and the front door to the business were locked when she returned. There were no signs of forced entry and no access to the building from the roof. The items stolen included Judith Leiber bangles valued at $15,000, an Ippolita link of 18 karat gold priced at $2,000, and a diamond bangle gold chain valued at $1,000. The total heist came to $19,895.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-164/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-164/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:28:54 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=70923 No Way to Treat a Tourist from Norway

Someone took items from a tourist’s bag. At 5 p.m. on Monday, March 10, a 40-year-old female tourist from Oslo, Norway was walking along lower Broadway, when she noticed that some of the contents of her bag were missing. She had not seen anyone reach into her bag, nor had anyone bumped into her. The items taken included a Bulgari ring valued at $2,500, a brown makeup bag worth $500, a silver key ring priced at $500, earrings worth $200, and a bracelet valued at $50, making a total haul of $3,750.

Baking and Entering

A woman’s bag was pinched in a pastry shop. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, a 30-year-old woman was paying for baked goods at a patisserie on Duane Street. She placed her handbag on top of the counter near the register and then stepped away briefly to attend to her children. When she returned to the counter, she discovered that her bag was gone. There was no video of the incident, and a canvass of the area proved fruitless. The items stolen were a large brown Louis Vuitton leather shoulder bag valued at $800, a Louis Vuitton wallet costing $300, a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses valued at $150, $270 in cash, a New York State driver’s license, keys, and various credit and debit cards. Fortunately, no unauthorized usage turned up on the cards.

High Cable Bill

Two spools of fiber-optic cable were stolen. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, it was discovered that two spools of fiber-optic cable had been taken from the rooftop area of a building on Front Street. There were no signs of forced entry, and the rooftop was accessible to numerous residents and employees of the telecommunications firms that rented out the rooftop area. The value of the stolen cable was $4,300.

Disengaged

A woman’s jewelry was taken from a locked gym locker. At 5:50 a.m. on Monday February 24, a 43-year-old woman from Fanwood, NJ placed a small cardboard box containing her jewelry inside a locked locker at a gym on Whitehall Street. When she returned to the locker at 8:15 a.m., she found that items of jewelry were missing, although the lock had not been broken and was still working properly. The items stolen were a $28,000 engagement ring, a wedding ring valued at $3,000, a white-gold necklace costing $2,000, and a garnet stone emerald ring priced at $2,500, making a total take of $35,500.

Mink Gone in a Blink

A thief snatched a woman’s mink coat in a coffee shop. At 4:25 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, a 42-year-old woman left her fur coat on the back of her chair at a popular chain coffee shop on Broadway and got up to get a cup of coffee. When she returned to her table, she found that her coat was missing. The missing coat was a Russian Moda Mex mink fur valued at $15,000.

Pack Jacked

Someone stole a man’s backpack from a bar on Pearl Street. At 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, a 30-year-old man entered a bar on Pearl Street and laid his backpack on the floor. When he went to retrieve his pack later, it was not on the floor where he had left it. The bar staff searched the premises, but the bag could not be found. The items taken were a Lenovo computer valued at $1,800, and a passport costing $85.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-163/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-163/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:02:32 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=70831 Pry Surprise

A man’s apartment was broken into, but nothing was taken. The victim went on a vacation, leaving Wednesday, February 26, and returning Saturday, March 1. One of his neighbors called him during that period, after discovering that the man’s front door was ajar, and there were pry marks indicating a forced entry. When the man returned from his vacation, however, he discovered that nothing had been taken from his apartment, a rather remarkable circumstance in New York City.

Ill Fates for Four Mates

Someone stole a number of items from an apartment on Thompson Street. At 11 a.m. on Friday, February 28, one of four apartment mates left their home and returned at 5:45 p.m. At that time in the afternoon, the front door was found open, with no signs of forced entry, and multiple items of property valued at $7,400 were missing, including three MacBooks, a camera, an iPad, earrings, a necklace, a diamond ring, and cash. It was believed that one of the apartment mates might have left the door open during the day.

Samba Snatch

A man lifted cell phones from two women dancing in a club. At 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 2, two women were dancing at a popular Brazilian nightclub on Varick Street, when they noticed that their cell phones were missing from their pockets. Police were able to track the phones to a location in Brooklyn, where they arrested a sticky-fingered 32-year-old man who had both of the cell phones in his possession.

You Booze, You Lose

Someone stole a man’s possessions that he had left unattended in a bar. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, a 32-year-old man discovered that items he had left unattended in a tavern on West Broadway for two hours were missing. These items included a MacBook Pro valued at $1,200, an iPad costing $500, prescription glasses valued at $500, and a $50 bag. The total haul amounted to $2,250.

Chair Snare

A woman’s bag was removed from her chair in a café. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, a tourist couple from Brazil were sitting in a café on Day Street, when the woman realized that her bag had been taken from the back of her chair. She and her husband had not seen the thief, and the bag contained $1,000 in U.S. currency, a $500 camera, and a number of credit cards.

Thieves in the Night

Two men were arrested for two subsequent muggings. At 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, three young men entered a bar on John Street and asked to see a 19-year-old male employee. When the employee came out onto the street, the three men jumped him and attempted — but failed — to take his wallet. Twenty minutes later, the three young men next accosted a 22-year-old man on the corner of William and Pine Streets, saying that he owed them money. An altercation ensued, during which the thieves pulled a knife on the 22-year-old. Police had been on the lookout for the three men following the earlier incident, however, and succeeded in arresting two of the muggers, a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-160/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-160/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:37:50 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=70673 Wiley westchester thief

A man was arrested for stealing a woman’s bag. At 2:45 PM on Thursday, February 20, a 26-year-old woman withdrew $250 in cash at a bank on Broadway. As she exited the bank, an 18-year-old man engaged her in conversation and accompanied her to a deli on Broadway. The pair continued their conversation until they reached Morris Street, at which point the young man grabbed the woman’s bag containing the cash, an iPad, and a black watch and attempted to flee. Fortunately, police were on the scene, and they nabbed the young perpetrator, who had prior arrests for burglary near his home in Westchester.

You Know the Drills

A homeless man was arrested for trying to steal tools from a construction site. At 2 AM on Thursday, February 20, a 44-year-old man entered a construction site on Beekman Street without authorization and attempted to make off with two drills, a battery charger, and a battery. He had been spotted entering the location, however, and police arrested him as he exited the site.

Slip and Fail

A teenaged girl attempted but failed to steal a woman’s cell phone. At 2 PM on Monday, February 24, a 30-year-old woman was walking on the southwest corner of Broadway and Broome Street while she was texting on her cell phone. A teenaged girl approached her and attempted to snatch the phone, but fell down and dropped the device. The 30-year-old managed to recover her phone, and the teen fled in an unknown direction.

Errant Errands

Someone removed a man’s valuables from his car. At 2 PM on Sunday, February 23, a 64-year-old man returned with his son to their home on Duane Street after having driven around for some hours, doing errands. When they were getting out of the car, they noticed that items were missing from the vehicle, including an Apple laptop, a number of gift certificates, and a shoulder bag, with a total value of $2,088.

Underwear Overdose

A woman shoplifted 105 pairs of women’s underwear. At 3:45 PM on Friday, February 21, a woman in her twenties entered a chain lingerie store on Broadway and made off with 105 pairs of underwear valued at $1,300. Video is available of the incident.

Drunken Club Assault

A man was arrested after an assault on two women. At 4 AM on February 22, a 23-year-old Queens man in a state of inebriation began throwing bottles in a club on Varick Street. One of the bottles struck a 27-year-old woman in the face, causing an injury that required five stitches, while another bottle hit a 23-year-old woman in an eye socket. The first victim was taken to New York Downtown Hospital for treatment, while the woman with the injured eye socket was taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Three bags containing $31,000 were removed from the vehicle of an ATM service agent. At 12:20 PM on Tuesday, February 18, a 29-year-old man left his Honda Odyssey to refill an ATM with cash at the NYU Law School on West Broadway. When he returned to his vehicle nine minutes later, he found that a rear passenger window had been smashed and three bank bags containing $31,000 in cash were missing from inside the van. Video is available of the incident.

Insurance Theft

Someone took a man’s credit card from his office and made unauthorized charges. At 12 noon on Wednesday, February 12, a man accidentally left his credit card on the desk of his Wall Street insurance office and went to the gym. When he returned, he discovered that the card was missing and found out that unauthorized purchases had been made in the amount of $435 at Best Buy and $3.87 at Starbucks.

Losing Lawyer

Two checks lost by a lawyer were cashed by thieves. In December of 2013, a lawyer working at an office on Exchange Place accidentally dropped two checks in the street. On February 5, he discovered that the checks had been cashed at a TD bank in Midtown. The checks had been written in the amounts of $2,100 and $1,900, for a total of $4,000.

Laurent Larceny

Two women stole a valuable handbag from a high-end boutique. At 5:15 PM on Sunday, February 16, two women in their mid-20s entered a clothing and accessories boutique on Greene Street and shoplifted a Saint Laurent women’s handbag valued at $2,500. Video is available of the incident.

DeFaced

Someone broke into a man’s gym locker and removed his property. At 11:20 AM on Sunday, February 16, a 40-year-old man was working out at a chain fitness club on Broadway. When he returned to his locker 2-1/4 hours later, he discovered that his lock was broken and all his property had been removed. Items stolen included a North Face parka, boots, a wallet, a gym bag, plus various credit and debit cards. The total amount stolen came to $1,920.

Break-In the Habit

A neighborhood newsstand was broken into and cash and merchandise stolen. Sometime between 7 PM on February 13 and 6 AM the following morning, an unknown intruder broke into a newsstand on Broadway and made off with $7,956 worth of cash and merchandise, including cartons of cigarettes and E cigarettes.

MacDougal Marauder

A man’s apartment on MacDougal Street was burglarized. On Wednesday, February 19, a 29-year-old man left his apartment at 1:45 PM to have lunch and do some errands. When he returned at 5:30 PM, he found that the front door of his apartment was open and discovered that a number of items were missing, including a MacBook Air laptop valued at $1,200, an iPad priced at $500, plus $400 in cash.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-153/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-153/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:13:13 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=70346 Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Underwear Affair

A woman stole 120 pairs of underwear. At 4:30 PM on Monday, February 10, a woman entered a popular chain lingerie store on Broadway and made off with 120 pairs of underwear valued at $1,580. Store employees were unaware of the theft until they reviewed the store’s security video.

Moore Score

A local business fell prey to the Green Dot card scam. On Wednesday, February 5, a female employee at a business on North Moore Street received a call from an unknown person claiming to be a Con Ed representative. The caller said the business owed the utility money and unless they paid $1,209 by means of Green Dot MoneyPak cards immediately, the utility would shut off their electricity. The business paid the money before they realized that they had been scammed.

Russian Ice

A disturbed man was arrested for throwing snow and ice at the World Trade Center PATH station. At 8:30 AM on Monday, February 10, a 39-year-old man was yelling in Russian and throwing snow and ice from the top of the escalator at the station, even as police were trying to keep pedestrians safe from ice falling off the Freedom Tower construction site. The man resisted arrest, causing hand and wrist injuries to one of the arresting officers. He was charged with resisting arrest, assault, and reckless endangerment, and taken to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Knicked Nikon

Someone boosted an expensive camera from a taxicab. At 2 PM on Tuesday, February 4, a 45-year-old man was escorting his ailing aunt to New York Downtown Hospital in a taxicab. He had the driver wait for him as he checked his aunt into the hospital. When he returned to the cab ten minutes later, he found that someone had removed his $4,000 Nikon camera from the back seat of the cab. One of the passenger windows was open, but the cabbie had not seen anyone remove the camera.

Backpack Attack

A woman’s wallet was removed from her backpack. At 6 PM on Sunday, February 9, a 36-year-old woman was walking on the southwest corner of Spring Street and Broadway when someone bumped her from behind. She then realized that her backpack had been unzipped and her wallet removed. Her wallet had contained $700 in cash, various credit cards, and a Chinese passport.

ZZZ=$$$

Someone stole a sleeping student’s bag. At 1:15 PM on Thursday, February 6, a 27-year-old female student fell asleep in a library on Chambers Street. When she woke up after half an hour, she discovered that her black Aldo bag was missing. It had contained a Samsung cell phone, credit cards, a New York State ID, and a cell phone charger. The total value of the stolen goods exceeded $600.

POLICE ADVISORY: DON’T BE THE VICTIM OF GREEN DOT PREPAID DEBIT CARD PHONE SCAMS!

With the availability of Prepaid Debit Cards, criminals have developed new ways to steal from the public:

a) A caller informs the victim that they owe back taxes to the IRS and must make immediate payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak.

b) The victim’s family member had a car accident, and the caller threatens physical violence unless immediate reimbursement is made with a Green Dot MoneyPak.

c) Utility companies demand immediate payment by Green Dot MoneyPak, or your electricity or gas will be turned off.

Crime Prevention Tips

n Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

n Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.

n NEVER give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.

n NEVER wire money or provide debit, credit card, or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.

n Utility companies and government agencies will NOT contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak.

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Crime Watch http://nypress.com/crime-watch-150/ http://nypress.com/crime-watch-150/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:34:34 +0000 http://nypress.com/?p=70246 Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Illustration by John S. Winkleman

Horn of Larceny

Police arrested a man responsible for a string of recent burglaries. Police announced that they had nabbed 36-year-old Adrian Longo, wanted for a number of break-ins and robberies at area businesses. In the month of January alone, Longo was responsible for break-ins at a noodle shop on Water Street in which he took $700 from two cash registers, as well as establishments on Grand, Thompson, and Sullivan Streets, from the last of which he stole $1,000. Longo has a number of prior arrests and is wanted as well for three other recent burglaries in the sixth precinct. He is also a well-known trumpeter and bandleader and in fact had his horn with him when he was arrested.

Threadsbare

Yet another designer clothing store was broken into and robbed. Someone forced entry into a clothing store on Mercer Street and stole $7,800 worth of women’s clothing.

Dropping Her Guard

A woman was pickpocketed by a gang of thieves. Two women and a male accomplice followed a woman from a bank into a chain drug store on Broadway. There, one of the perpetrators distracted the woman by dropping something on the floor next to her, while one of the two female thieves picked $300 cash from the victim’s pocket.

Forgotten Gains

A woman’s wallet went missing at a local fast-food establishment. At 7 PM on January 20, a 21-year-old woman laid her wallet on the counter of a restaurant on Nassau Street while she paid her check. She left the establishment forgetting her wallet and returned fifteen minutes later when she realized it was missing. The wallet was gone from the counter, and the restaurant employees did not know what had happened to it. The woman checked with her bank and discovered that unauthorized charges had been made to her account. The wallet contained a variety of credit cards as well as her ID card from Pace University.

POLICE ADVISORY: Don’t be the victim of Green Dot prepaid

debit card phone scams

With the availability of Prepaid Debit Cards, criminals have developed new ways to steal from the public:

a) A caller informs the victim that they owe back taxes to the IRS and must make immediate payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak.

b) The victim’s family member had a car accident, and the caller threatens physical violence unless immediate reimbursement is made with a Green Dot MoneyPak.

c) Utility companies demand immediate payment by Green Dot MoneyPak, or your electricity or gas will be turned off.

Crime Prevention Tips

• Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

• Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.

• NEVER give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.

• NEVER wire money or provide debit, credit card, or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.

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