Police Blotter, Aug. 14, 2013

Newsstand robbed at gunpoint
A Seaport newsstand was robbed for over $1,000 last week, police reported.

According to police, The Khandaker News Stand at 50 Fulton St. was the site of a robbery Thurs., August 8 from 1:10 to 1:15 a.m. The robber, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, went up to an employee, 33, pointed a black firearm in his face and said, “Give me the money.”

No one was injured, police said, but about $1,500 was stolen. The robber was described as a man in his early 40’s with a medium build, about 5’6”.

Robbery notice
Another robbery took place the next day at a cigar shop in FiDi, according to the N.Y.P.D.

On Fri., August 9, at 11 a.m., a robber entered the store and went up to an employee behind the register, police stated. The employee, 23, said that she thought it was a customer because the man asked, “Do you have this kind of cigar here?” while passing her a note. The note read, “This is a robbery, give me all the money you have.”

He told her she would be hurt if she tried to sound the alarm, police said. She gave the robber $70 in cash. The man was described as 5’9” and 160 pounds. Video surveillance of the crime was available, police said.

Teen robbed in Tribeca
A teenager was robbed another teen who told his victim that he was carrying a gun.

The 16-year-old victim reported to police that he was walking down Franklin St., on Fri., August 9 at about 10 a.m. He said he was approached in front of 179 Franklin St. by a stranger who told him “Give me your money and cell phone” and “I have a gun in my pocket.”

The victim handed over his $300 Galaxy Android smartphone, and the robber ran westbound on Franklin St.

No injuries were reported, police said. Cameras were available in the area but no tracking software was on the phone. Police are seeking a male about 17 years old, 6-foot, 150 pounds with tattoos on his arms.

Man slashed
Police reported that a man was assaulted on the northeast corner of Varick and Vandam Sts. as he was on his way home.

The 36-year-old man told police he was walking to his car on Sat., Aug. 10 just before 11 p.m. Police said that he was slashed multiple times on the arm and abdomen during a confrontation with two other men.

The victim could not provide a description of the two men.

Motorcycle stolen
A motorcycle was stolen from Battery Park City when its owner left it parked for a few hours.

The owner, a 40-year-old man, said he parked his 2013 gray Yamaha motorcycle in front of Tribeca Green, 325 N. End Ave., on Tues., August 6 and left it from 1 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. When he returned to his parking spot, the bike was no longer there. The motorcycle was valued at $15,000 and had New York plates, police said.

Lounge larceny
An employee of John Allan’s Tribeca department store reported that his bag full of pricey designer gear was stolen from the location’s lounge room while he was at work.

The employee, 27, stated that he left his bag on the couch in the company’s lounge at 1:30 p.m. on Mon., August 5. When he returned to the room at 3 p.m., the bag was gone.

He told police that it contained two debit cards and a wealth of designer goods including a $400 Sony VAIO laptop, a $200 Red Stripe wallet from Bloomingdale’s, a pair of black Daddy B sunglasses by designer Oliver Peoples valued at $400, $100 Zara shoes, a $140 bottle of Bleu de Chanel cologne, $300 tote bag, $70 green Urbanears headphone covers and two $20 shirts.

Yoga studio theft
A Financial District yoga studio was not as calm as usual after a weekend robbery that resulted in a $1,698 loss.

An employee of Bikram Yoga Downtown NY, on the third floor of 121 Fulton St., reported to police that someone entered the studio between midnight on Fri., Aug. 9 and 6 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 10 and left with the business’s operating cash. The thief took a $75 Sentry safe containing $500 in night deposit cash and $1,123 in petty cash.

There was no sign of forced entry. Police were informed that six employees have keys to the business and four more former employees had not turned their keys back in to the owner.

Pocket poacher nabbed
A man was arrested on the subway when he was observed by a police officer cutting open the pocket of a sleeping passenger on the A train, police said.

The train was near the Chambers St. station at 4:20 a.m. on Sun., Aug. 11 when police say Jamar Croom, 20, was spotted by an officer who reported that Croom pulled a cellphone from a dozing commuter’s front pants pocket. Police say he then took a razor blade out and cut the passenger’s right rear pocket in order to get at the man’s wallet.

The victim, 54, was able to recover his stolen phone and wallet, containing credit cards and cash, which was found in Croom’s pocket along with the razor blade, according to police.

— Kaitlyn Meade

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One Response to Police Blotter, Aug. 14, 2013

  1. I think it's way cool and progressive that no one ever leaves any nasty comments about these criminals who are never from the neighborhood…

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