Police Blotter, Week of Aug. 14, 2014

Downtown Express photo by Josh Rogers Cars parked at the Alliance Parking Lot, the site of a car theft  earlier in the month.

Downtown Express photo by Josh Rogers
Cars parked at the Alliance Parking Lot, the site of a car theft earlier in the month.

Keys given to car thief
Police say a parking lot attendant unwittingly aided a car thief who was given the keys to a new $82,000 car just after midnight on Fri., Aug 1.

The suspect, Dae Do, 20, claimed to have lost his ticket when he got the car in the early a.m. from Alliance Parking Lot at the corner of Canal and Greene Sts.  He made off with a 2014 black Audi  two-door car.  The vehicle was damaged the next day when Do was stopped for speeding by New Jersey state troopers, who arrested him, which was first reported by DNAinfo.com.

The victim is a 45-year-old Upstate woman, who had parked the car for three days. When she returned to pick it up Friday night, she was told the car was gone.

Safe surprise
After breaking into Soho’s Union Bar and Kitchen on 300 Spring St. and ripping out the safe, a burglar may have been disappointed to find no money in it. A DVR for the security camera system was also stolen.

The employee who reported the crime said it must have occurred sometime on Sunday, Aug. 10 while the restaurant was closed. It is unknown when and how the thief gained entrance.

Clipboard kerfuffle
Two men got into an argument that turned violent on the northeast corner of Sixth Ave. and Spring St. in Soho on Sat., Aug. 9 at 5:20 p.m. Police said the men were arguing over work tools, when one of them hit the other with a metal clipboard, landing it above the 39-year-old man’s right eye and causing a laceration. The man who wielded the clipboard fled and the other was taken to Lenox Hill hospital.

No arrests were made.

9/11 Memorial pickpocket?
A tourist who was walking around the 9/11 Memorial discovered Fri., Aug. 8. At 8:30 p.m. that his wallet had been snatched from his back pocket. Eight unauthorized charges had been made at such varied places as Urban Outfitters, Starbucks, and Radio Shack — totaling over $1,200. The man had last seen his wallet at a shoe store near 81 Broadway and did not know if the crime occurred at the memorial.

Barista arrested
On Sat., Aug. 9, a man who ordered a coffee at Starbucks at 38 Park Row in FiDi got a little more than he bargained for when he tried to pay. After purchasing coffee at 3:20 p.m. with his credit card, he asked for a receipt.

An employee swiped the card again using a device that fit in the palm of his hand. Suspicious, the customer asked for the manager, who said the store did not use the device to issue receipts. The employee was arrested, but police did not release his age. 

Burglar steals watches worth $20,000
A Soho man lost $26,000 worth of possessions after someone apparently climbed through a ground-floor back window sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Fri,, Aug. 1. The most valuable item taken from the home on Prince St. between Thompson St. and W. Broadway was a $12,000 Breitling watch, but the 27-year-old victim also lost an $8,000 Tag Heuer watch, a $5,000 bike, a Mac laptop and an iPad.  The man returned from work to find his front door and back door open.

Lost soul on Fulton
There is no way to know if the thief ever got to “Thou shalt not steal,” but either way it does not appear to have led to redemption since he or she is still at large with a stolen bible.

Police say someone stole a purse containing the bible at the McDonald’s at 52 Fulton St. on Thurs., July 31 at 3 p.m. The victim, a 53-year-old woman, placed the purse next to her while she was eating, and did not notice it was missing until she got up to leave. She also lost $240, a Medicaid and other ID cards,  keys, some medications, in addition to the Good Book, which was valued at $38.

 One attendant at the scene this week said it was his first day on the job and he had not heard about the crime. Anther worker said he was on vacation when it happened and could not comment.

— Dusica Sue Malesevic and Josh Rogers

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