Police Blotter, Week of July 3, 2014

Beaten in daylight
A 24-year-old FiDi man was beaten with a metal bat at the corner of Gold and Ann Sts. last Sunday at 6 p.m. Police say he suffered cuts and bruises to his head, shoulder and arms.

The suspect got into a silver BMW with New York plates and sped off with an unknown number of accomplices in the car. Police did not offer an explanation for the crime on June 29, or release a description of the suspects.  

Slash & slurs
A subway rider was cut in the face by a woman who also used racial and homophobic slurs against him, police said.

The victim, a 33-year-old black man, was on a Downtown A train Friday night, June 20 at about 11 p.m. when he said a 25-year-old white – Hispanic woman got on at Spring St., sat down next to him and complained that he didn’t slide over to make room. She used the N-word and also called him a “faggot,” then pushed his arm, knocking his watch to the floor, police said. The suspect picked up the watch and threw it at the man’s face, causing what was described as a large cut between his eyes, police said.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and the woman was arrested and charged with assault. Police did not refer the crime to the bias unit.

Death threat over Red Bull
A robber made off with 10 4-packs of Red Bull on a Tuesday evening after threatening to kill the 7-Eleven store clerk who tried to stop him, police said.

The clerk saw the thief put one of the 4-packs in his jacket before the employee followed him outside the Tribeca store at 311 Broadway at 6:30 p.m., June 17, police said. It was there that the thief pulled out a knife and told the clerk, “I will slit your throat and [screw] your family,” according to police.  The drinks were valued at $100.

Bad club hookup
A woman lost a few thousand dollars worth of belongings at Sway Lounge just before midnight Thursday night, June 26, police said.

The woman said she put her purse on a hook under the bar and soon discovered it was taken. She lost $1,400 in phones — an iPhone 5s and a BlackBerry — a $900 Louis Vuitton wallet, a purple $200 Ralph Lauren purse, Bose headphones worth $130, a pair of Tory Burch shoes of unspecified value,  earrings, perfume, a MetroCard, makeup and $40 cash.

Dollars & pounds  taken
A British insurance executive living temporarily in FiDi had his pocket picked while eating lunch at Zeytuna last week, police said.

The victim, 41, told police he felt jostling while he was eating June 25 at about 1:30 p.m., but only later realized his wallet was taken. He lost nearly $550 in U.S. cash and 135 pounds, which are currently valued at about $230. He also lost a $220 wallet.

Rocky Park ripoff
A 23-year-old Battery Park City resident had his wallet and phone stolen while he was playing basketball in Rockefeller Park, Mon., June 23 at 2:45 p.m., police said. The victim was able to recover the phone, which he thought the thief took to Battery Park.

The man, who had put his belongings down while he was playing, tracked the phone in the park to the south, but when he got there, he met a city park worker who said the phone was found to the north in Tribeca at Duane Park.

Police say his $75 wallet was stolen along with a New York State ID card valued at $80, a $35 weekly MetroCard, and $25 cash.  

Gateway Plaza car break-in
A $4,300 accordion was stolen out of a car parked at the Gateway Plaza garage, police said.

The victim, 61, said he parked his Nissan Pathfinder in the Battery Park City garage on Sun., June 1 from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and then drove back to his Queens home only to discover his instrument was gone. He did not report the crime for three weeks.

Porsche  trouble comes in 3’s
Twice in a two-week period, three shoplifters stole a $2,000 bag from Soho’s Porsche Design store on W. Broadway.

In both cases, the trio consisted of two women and one man, but police have apparently not linked the crimes. In the latest incident on June 22 just after 1 p.m., the man removed one bag near the entrance, and then one of the women took a bag in the window, while the third suspect acted as a lookout.

Employees chased the thieves outside and were able to recover one of the bags, but the trio got away with the other one, worth $2,250. The shoplifters sped off in a gray Nissan sedan with Virginia license plates. The car was recorded entering Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge before the crime.

The first shoplift, as Downtown Express reported previously, was on June 10, when three suspects stole a bag in the window at the 465 W. Broadway store and fled.

Mainland crime
A 20-year-old woman in a hurry to get to the Governors Island ferry on a Sunday morning had her Samsung Galaxy 3 phone picked from her back pocket as she was walking down South St. June 22 at about 10:55 a.m.

The crime occurred near 116 South St., police said. The woman was listening to music on her $400 phone when the man grabbed it and ran up South St., turning on Peck Slip. The woman gave chase but could not catch the thief.

Expensive  treat
Perhaps it was a harried father trying to keep his child in tow, but whatever the reason, a Brooklyn Heights man left his $3,000 bike unlocked for 15 minutes outside Tribeca Treats last Saturday at 4:30 p.m. He returned to find his bike was gone along with a $300 child seat and a $200 front light, police said.

— Josh Rogers

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