Police Blotter, March 21, 2013
PETTY LARCENY: Can’t recall locking car
The next time you can’t remember if you locked your car, double check it — or suffer the same nagging question a West Chelsea resident must still be asking. At around 11am on Fri., March 8, he parked his car in front of 335 W. 22nd St. — then went to his nearby apartment. Upon returning to the vehicle three hours later, he noticed that several items had been removed. There was no visible damage to the locks, and he wasn’t sure if he had actually locked the car (a 2001 Ford). Missing: a passport, a Rockaway vest (worth $100), a leather coat (valued at $200) and a silver bracelet. The complaint, filed at the 10th Precinct, did not note the value of the bracelet — nor did it mention if the lack of such information constituted a pattern of fuzzy memory on the part of the 37-year-old victim.
GRAND LARCENY: Phone-filled bag didn’t make the trip
A 37-year-old male told 10th Precinct officers that in the early evening of Fri., March 8, he took a Megabus trip from New Haven, CT to NYC. When he reached his destination (Seventh Ave. & W. 28th St.), he discovered his bag was missing. The victim, who noted that there were no stops during his ride, clearly recalls boarding the bus just as the driver was placing his bag inside the luggage compartment. That bag (a Nike product worth $45) contained four Apple iPhones (valued at $2,000) and a Samsung Galaxy phone (worth $600).
GRAND LARCENY: Sidewalk phone snatch
A 35-year-old male resident of Queens was walking southbound on Ninth Ave., at around 8pm on Mon., March 11 — when a male, unknown to the victim, approached him and removed a $500 iPhone from his hands, then ran northbound on Ninth Ave.
ROBBERY: The dangers of following strangers
After a night spent enjoying the Chelsea club scene, a 23-year-old male and his friend were approached by two other men, while the group was in front of 355 W. 16th St. (the location of The Electric Room, a 100-person-capacity lounge on the lower level of the Dream Downtown hotel). The strangers persuaded the friends to follow them West. Once near the rear of 420 W. 18th St., one of the new “friends” made a statement (“Give us money”) and demanded the young man hand over his property. At this point, the victim was alone (his club companion left before the others arrived at W. 18th St.). By this time, it was 3am — and, concerned for his safety, the victim handed over an Omega watch (valued at $8,000), a Bottega wallet (worth $200) and an Apple iPhone (worth $800).