Police Blotter, October 12 – 18, 2011

Dapper robber
A man in a dark suit and a white button-down shirt walked up to a teller into the Capital One branch at 277 Broadway at Chambers St. around 12:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 6, opened his jacket to reveal a gun tucked into his waistband and demanded money, police said. He fled with an undetermined sum. The same suspect is believed to have robbed a Capital One branch on W. 57th St. on Sept. 21.

Nab phone thief suspect
Police arrested Isiah Coley, 22, around 2 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 29 and charged him with stealing two Verizon cell phones earlier that day from a Verizon store at 102 Fulton St. Coley and an unnamed accomplice cut the wires from the phones and made off with them around 10:10 a.m. but they were recorded on a surveillance tape. Coley was arrested in Brooklyn later and one of the phones was recovered.

Attempted bank scam
Police arrested Ricardo Hoyte, 20, and Gary Burns, 44, at the Chase Bank branch at 80 Broadway on Friday afternoon, Oct. 7 and charged them with trying to steal a bank account with over $50,000 using a false driver’s license and a fake credit card.

The two suspects asked a Chase banker to link Burn’s account with the $50,000 account of someone else and presented Hoyte as the other person. Hoyte showed a false Rhode Island driver’s license bearing his photo and the other name and presented a false credit card in the other person’s name, police said.

Fake credit cards
Store security guards stopped Cynthia Perez, 21, at J & R Music World, 23 Park Row on Saturday evening Oct. 8 for trying to pay for two iPads with a couple of fake Mastercards. She was charged with attempted larceny and possession of forged instruments.

Subway robberies
Police are looking for five young suspects, one of them a woman, in connection with a series of robberies at Fifth Precinct subway stations. On Sat., Oct. 1, five of the gang approached three men at 7 p.m. on the southbound platform of the Broadway/Lafayette St. station, simulated possession of a knife, threatened to cut the victims, robbed them and fled.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, four of the suspects approached three men entering the Broadway/Lafayette St. station at 7:10 p.m., displayed a gun and robbed the victims.

On Mon., Aug. 15, four of the suspects approached four men walking on a staircase in the Broadway/E. Houston St. station, displayed box cutters, and robbed them.

The suspects include a black woman between 18 and 20, 5’4”, 120 lbs. with the word “Hated,” a picture of a rose and the word “Loved” tattooed on her arm. A Hispanic man, 17-20, between 5’10” and 6’1” 190 pounds with a piercing in his right eyebrow was present in one of the incidents. Another suspect is a Hispanic man, 17-20, 5’10”-6’ with braided hair, an Eye of Horus tattoo on his neck and a spider web tattoo on his left arm. Another suspect, a black man, 17-20, 5’9”, 180 lbs. has earrings in both ears. Another suspect is described as a black man, 17-20, 5’7”-5’10”, 190 lbs. with an unknown tattoo on his right arm.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers at 800:577-TIPS (8477) or on line at www.crimestoppers.com or text 274637 (crimes) and enter TIPS577.

Fulton St. grabs
A Brooklyn woman, 32, was about to pay for her diner and drinks at the bar in The Fulton, 121 Fulton St., at 9 p.m. Mon. Oct. 10 when a stranger grabbed her bag from her hand a fled, police said. She lost $120 in cash and discovered later that an unauthorized charge of $16.90 had been made on a credit card.

A woman patron of Liam’s, 90 Fulton St., told police she discovered at 11 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8 that her bag which she draped on the back of her chair, with $40 in cash and a medical prescription for which she paid $100, had been stolen.

A woman shopping at Mr. Clothes Out, 145 Fulton St., forgot her wallet after she paid for her purchases at 4:21 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8, police said. She phoned the store two hours later and asked the same cashier if her wallet was still there. The cashier checked the surveillance video and told the victim the tape showed a woman in a white dress had picked up the wallet.

Bergtraum hoopster’s shooting
One of two men arrested for killing Tayshana Murphy, 18, a Murry Bergtraum High School senior and women’s basketball star, in the Sept. 11 shooting in the Grant Houses in Harlem, denied the charge last week.

Tyshawn Brockington, arrested with Robert Cartagena in South Carolina on Sept. 21, admitted he went to Murphy’s building on Sept. 11 to see if he could settle a conflict between Grant and Manhattanville Houses groups, but he said neither he nor Cartagena killed the woman, according to a Daily News item. Brockington also said that neither he nor Cartagena were carrying guns.

Fake ID?
Two Upper West Side women, 19, told police they went down to Soho to buy fake IDs and approached a likely looking black man on Thompson St. between Houston and Prince Sts. and asked if he could accommodate them. They gave him $110 and he took it, along with their bags with watches and jewelry and fled, police said.

Wooster motorcycles
A man, 60, who chained his motorcycle to a bike mount outside his residence at 135 Wooster St. on Wed., Oct. 5, looked out at 7:30 a.m. the next day and found the bike, a Kawasaki valued at $4,000 was gone.

A man who parked his 2009 Kawasaki valued at $6,000 across the street at 132 Wooster St. on Wednesday evening Oct. 5, discovered it was gone the next morning along with his helmet and helmet carrier, police said.

Bicycle theft
A woman, 53, told police that she discovered at noon on Fri., Oct. 7 that two $500 bicycles. that she had locked to a pole on the northwest corner of Prince Street. and Broadway had been stolen.

Painting gone
An employee of an art gallery at 64 Grand St., near W. Broadway told police on Mon., Sept. 26 that a painting by Anabel Lind valued at $8,000 had been stolen from a wall in the gallery sometime during the previous two weeks. The report was made “for insurance purposes,” police said.

Phone snatch
A Queens woman, 17, was looking at a map on her cell phone while walking on the northeast corner of Watts Street, and Sixth Avenue on Friday night, Oct. 10 when a stranger grabbed the phone and fled on foot south on Sixth Ave., police said.

Did the shoe fit?
A woman shopping at Steve Madden Shoes, 529 Broadway at Spring St. around 5:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 9 put her bag on the floor while she went to a mirror and returned a moment later to find that the bag with $60 in cash, a cellphone and credit cards had been stolen.

— Albert Amateau

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14 Responses to Police Blotter, October 12 – 18, 2011

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  2. If you're still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you'll know which is right for you.

  3. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass' favor.

  4. The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it'll do even better in those areas, but for now it's a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod's strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.

  5. Sorry for the huge review, but I'm really loving the new Zune, and hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it's the right choice for you.

  6. Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It's very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

  7. Between me and my husband we've owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I've settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  8. Between me and my husband we've owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I've settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  9. Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It's very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

  10. The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod's. It works well, but isn't as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that's not an issue, but if you're planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod's larger screen and better browser may be important.

  11. If you're still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you'll know which is right for you.

  12. The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod's. It works well, but isn't as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that's not an issue, but if you're planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod's larger screen and better browser may be important.

  13. Sorry for the huge review, but I'm really loving the new Zune, and hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it's the right choice for you.

  14. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

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