Police Blotter, Week of March 26, 2015

Muggers take bike
A man was punched in the face and had his bike stolen on Fri., Mar. 13 in the Financial District, police say.

Two teens, both 15, had a dispute with the man, 28, at 6:15 p.m. in front of 60 Wall St. Police say one of the teens said, “Where’s my money?” Both struck the Queens man in the face with a closed fist causing him bruising and pain. They then grabbed his bike and took off.

Police caught them, however, and the two teen boys were arrested that same day.

Tourist attacked
A tourist was attacked from behind when a man smacked her on the left side of the head and then fled, police say.

The woman, 47 and from Minnesota, was walking with her niece, 22 and from North Dakota, on Wooster St. in Soho at around 5 p.m. on Sun., Mar. 15 when the attack happened. She was taken by ambulance to Lenox Hill because of a laceration on her head.

The reason for the attack is not known nor is the object the man hit her with. Police say he fled south on Wooster St.

 Preferred flyer loses card
When a man’s bag got swiped at a bar in the Financial District last week, he lost his $900 computer and $100 hard drive — but also his green card, passport and his global entry card, which allows for expedited clearance for pre-approved people at the airport, police say.

The New Jersey man, 34, had hung his black Tumi bag on the back of a bar stool at The Full Shilling, an Irish pub at 160 Pearl St. on Tues., Mar. 17 at around 7:30 p.m., police say. When he got up to leave, he couldn’t find his bag. Police say there were no cameras at the pub.

Hundreds of panties stolen from Victoria’s Secret
A two-women team stole 252 pairs of underwear, valued at $3,366, from the Victoria’s Secret at 591 Broadway in Soho last weekend, police say.

A female employee, 32, told police that the two women shoved the underwear into a black bag on Sun., Mar. 22 at 5 p.m. They fled by foot on Broadway, police say.

Speedy thief
A thief wasted no time after snatching a Turkish tourist’s wallet — spending $650 at Abercrombie & Fitch and $84 at Duane Reade in the Seaport not long after the grab, police say.

The woman, 39, was at the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway and made purchases, possibly at  Starbucks, at 3 p.m. on Thurs., Mar. 19. That is the last time she remembers seeing her wallet. She then left her purse unzipped. Not so long after, she told police, she went to get her wallet and realized it was gone.

Police call it a “dip” when a thief reaches into a bag and grabs something like a wallet.

The thief then went to the Abercrombie at 199 Water St. and the Duane Reade at 200 Water St. — and the woman got text messages from her bank about the purchases. She cancelled her cards and one was recovered at 200 Water St. The thief also got away with $500 and $250 in Turkish lira.

Bikini bar heist
Nassau Bar, a place where the bartenders sport skimpy bikinis, was the scene of a backpack heist worth $2,800.

On Fri., Mar. 6, a man, 35, was exchanging information with his client at around 11 p.m. at the bar, located at 118 Nassau St., police say. He left his backpack, which held an Apple MacBook Pro and mouse and John Wiley & Sons construction books, unattended on the floor and it was swiped.

Police arrested a man, 45, on Sun., Mar. 15 for the crime.

Shoplifters’ gold mine
Bold thieves walked into the Saint Laurent Paris store at 80 Greene St. in Soho and stole 11 purses worth $21,815, police say.

Four men and one woman went into the store at 5 p.m. on Fri., Mar. 20, grabbed the purses and left, a 32-year-old male employee told police. No security was working at the time of the theft, police say.

This is the store’s fifth shoplifting crime in three months.

The next most recent theft was on Sun., March 15 when two men walked into the store at 3:45 p.m., snatched two purses off the display rack, put them inside their jacket and left, police say. The bags were worth a total of $5,640. Police say video shows the thieves fleeing north on Spring St.

Desperately seeking sports bras?
Three men stole $1,230 in women’s Nike apparel from a Modell’s at 150 Broadway in the Financial District on Wed., Mar. 11, police say.

A male employee, 27, told police that the men — described as around 20 and 6 ft. — came to the store and went straight to the women’s apparel section at 4:30 p.m. When they left, each carrying a bag, the employee said that the entire rack had been taken and security tags were strewn on the floor.


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