December 7 – 13, 2011

Grand St. fire
Fire broke at 319-21 Grand St. at Orchard St. around 3 a.m. Sat., Dec. 3, and went to two alarms, bringing three companies to the scene. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about an hour and residents were allowed to return to retrieve possessions. There was extensive damage and the cause of the fire remains to be determined. But the five-story 1886 cast iron building was said to be structurally sound. Built for Ridley & Sons Department Store, the building is under consideration for landmark status.

Wandering shoplifts
Two men who were observed walking in and out of Soho boutiques on Friday afternoon Dec. 2 were arrested at 1:15p.m. in Palmer Trading Co. trying to walk of the shop at 137 Sullivan St. between Prince and Houston without paying for three sweaters, police said. The suspects, Tracey McKeever, 23, Darwell Jones, 24, both wanted on previous warrants, were also in possession of stolen Prada sunglasses and a stolen iPhone, police said.

Subway rush
A Queens student, 19, who got on a crowded train on Wednesday morning Nov. 30 to get to her class in the Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway, discovered after she arrived at the class shortly after 8 a.m. that her wallet and cell phone had been stolen from her bag, police said. She told police that she had been jostled a few times on her trip to Lower Manhattan.

A woman entered the Chanel boutique at 139 Spring St. near Wooster St. around 4:52 p.m. Sat., Nov. 26, took a handbag valued at $3,900 from a display, tucked it into a bag she was carrying and walked out without paying, police said. A surveillance camera taped the theft but it was too far away for an identifiable image of the suspect, police said.
A woman walked into the Sunglass Hut at 89 South St. in the South St. Seaport around noon on Mon., Dec. 5 and walked out with three Chanel sunglasses without paying for them.

Stroller hiding place
A woman who was shopping at Whole Foods, 270 Greenwich St. near Murray St. on Tuesday night, Nov. 29 put her bag in the bottom of her baby stroller and discovered later that it had been stolen and that unauthorized charges had been made on five credit cards. The baby was not disturbed.

Car break-ins
A woman visiting from Honesdale, Pa. parked her car in front of 50 Vandam St at Varick St. around 12:05a.m. Sat., Dec. 13, closed the windows and locked the door and went to a party in the neighborhood. She returned at 4:30 a.m. to find a window broken and her backpack with her cellphone, laptop computer, jewelry and her wallet with credit cards and jewelry with a total value of $2,760 had been stolen.

A man parked his car at an indoor garage at 56 Greenwich St. near Edgar St at 7 a.m. Sun., Dec. 4 and returned at 9:50 p.m. to find the rear window had been broken and a suitcase, with clothing including shoes and a tuxedo with a total value of $1,145, had been stolen.

Vendor robbed
A man and a woman approached a street vendor on the northeast corner of Broadway and Barclay St. around 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, asked the price of a baseball cap and a pair of gloves and fled with the money– $10, — and the merchandize. The vendor gave chase and caught up with them between Park Pl. and Murray St. where the male suspect punched him, knocked him unconscious to the ground and fled with the accomplice, police said.

Robbed on Park Pl.
A man, 18, sitting on a railing in front of 75 Park Pl. between W. Broadway and Greenwich St. around 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4 was pushed over by a stranger who punched him in the face and demanded, “Give me your stuff,” police said. The suspect grabbed the victim’s bag, took out his wallet with ID and $60 cash, and fled.

Cab driver robbed
A cab driver dropped off a man in front of 1 New York Plaza at 1 Water St. around 10:09 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2 when the man punched he driver in the face, grabbed $10 from his hand and fled. The driver chased and caught the suspect who turned, punched the driver in the chest and pulled a box cutter and threatened to kill him before taking off again.

Mugged on Maiden La.
A man was talking in his cell phone around 10:10p.m. Fri., Dec. 2 when three suspects surprised him in front of 19 Maiden La. between Broadway and Nassau St., punched him, grabbed the phone, fled north on Broadway and disappeared into the Fulton St. subway station.

­— Albert Amateau

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