Police Blotter, December 28, 2011
PETTY LARCENY: Cashier couldn’t be trusted around cash
A 21-year-old female employee of Gristedes was arrested on Sat., Dec. 17 when it was discovered that she engaged in fraudulent transactions — by entering fake coupons then taking cash for the coupon amount (a total of $264).
GRAND LARCENY: In the company of thieves?
On the evening of Fri., Dec. 16, a 39-year-old female resident of W. 24th St. had two people over to her apartment for a visit. The next day, she went to pay some bills and discovered $740 missing from her TD Bank account. She then discovered that the bank card was missing from her wallet — which was on the coffee table the entire previous evening.
LOST PROPERTY: Mama’s (no longer) got some brand new bags
A 27-year-old woman who was helping out at an event sponsored by her company (which took place at Exit Art, 475 10th Ave.) told police that after leaving gift bags unattended overnight, she returned the next day to find that 150 gift bags — along with their contents — were missing. Inside the bags: $4,244.25 worth of gift cards and AudioStar A22 speakers. The venue’s manager told police that the bags were assumed to be trash, and discarded by his cleaning staff.
CRIMINAL POSESSSION OF A WEAPON: Knives in the park
A 19-year-old man was arrested at approximately 12:40pm on Wed., Dec. 21 — when police observed him in a public park (at 325 W. 25th St.) without a child. A warrant check revealed that the man had an open warrant. The defendant was also found to be in possession of two knives.
PETTY LARCENY: Bag near chair no longer there
A 63-year-old woman told police that at around 5pm on Mon., Dec. 19, she was at eating at a Thai restaurant in Chelsea Market — and placed her bag on the ground (next to her chair). When she was about to leave, she discovered that it was missing. Inside the bag was an iPad valued at $929.
PETTY LARCENY: Stay at Yotel hotel not so swell
On Mon., Dec. 12, a 36-year-old male visiting NYC (and staying at the 570 10th Ave. location of Yotel) invited a new acquaintance (found on Craigslist) to his hotel room. Both men left the room at around 5:30pm. Upon returning a little after 11pm that night, the victim discovered that his iPad (valued at $740), his Mac Pro laptop (valued at $200) and his hotel key card were missing. The victim further stated that he believes the person he met took all three items.
ROBBERY: Capital One: Forget about your wallet…what’s in your bag?
At 3:35pm on Wed., Dec. 21, a man walked into the Capital One branch at 401 W. 23rd St. at Ninth Ave. and simulated a firearm by placing his hand inside a bag. At that point, he declared, “Give me the money or I will blow your brains out.” Once the perpetrator was given some money, he fled on foot (on Ninth Ave.). Efforts to locate the perpetrator by canvassing the area were unsuccessful. Employees of the bank reported to police that video of the incident is available.
GRAND LARCENY: He stole NYPD money (orders)
A 50-year-old police administrative assistant pleaded guilty on Thurs., Dec, 22 to stealing more than $16,000 in $10 money orders from the 13th Precinct over the past two years. The money orders were made out to NYPD, for copies of accident reports in the precinct (which covers the area from 14th to 29th Sts., btw. Seventh Ave. and the East River.
ASSAULT: Heavy metal (pole)
A 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were arrested (on second-degree assault charges) for hitting a 76-year-old man in the leg with a metal pole around 9:50pm on Wed., Dec. 14. The incident occurred on E. 14th St., across from Union Square Park.
ROBBERY: He swiped credit card
Police arrested a 47-year-old man for robbery, in connection with the theft of a credit card from the hand of a female victim who was walking on Christopher St. (near W. Fourth St.) around 9:55am on Sat., Dec. 17. The victim chased the suspect, then struggled with him. The man escaped, but police soon apprehended him.
—Albert Amateau and Scott Stiffler