Police Blotter, week of July 23, 2015

Senior killed crossing Canal St.

A dump truck fatally hit an 83-year-old man while he was crossing Canal St. near the Manhattan Bridge on Fri., July 17, police say.

Police were called to the scene at around 1 p.m. in Chinatown and the man, Ka Chor Yau, was taken to Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police say the man was in the middle of the intersection when the truck, which was coming from the Manhattan Bridge, was traveling west and struck him.

The driver, a 24-year-old man, was taken into custody at the scene. Maykel Felix-Tejada was later arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, according to police.


Man dies in FiDi

A 20-year-old man was found unconscious on a sidewalk in the Financial District on Sun., July 12 and was taken to Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police say.

Police were called to the front of 20 West St. at 10:45 p.m. and found the man lying face down on the sidewalk unconscious, unresponsive and with numerous abrasions to his body. Police identified the man as Pablo Polanco, a resident of Washington Heights.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and the cause of death has yet to be determined.


Soho shoplifters get rough

In Soho, a team of shoplifters got rough with an employee, grabbing and shoving him to the ground after they stole $23,650 worth of hand bags, police say.

The four men entered Celine at 67 Wooster St. on Sat., July 18 at 2 p.m. and snatched the six pricey purses, the male employee, 20, told police. On their way out, the men got physical with the employee, who had visible red marks on his shoulder and left arm, police say. The men then fled.


Just takes a moment

A moment of distraction is all the opportunistic thief needs.

On Fri., July 17, a woman was shopping for shoes at Aldo at 579 Broadway in Soho at around 6:30 p.m. and had her bag next to her on the bench, police say. She stood up to try on a pair of shoes and when she turned back around her bag was gone. The thief got away with an $80 wallet, $60 Zara clutch, a $500 iPhone, $30 Zara sunglasses, various credit cards and $500 — a total snatch of $1,170. The woman, 20 and living in Brooklyn, cancelled her cards in time as there were no unauthorized charges.


1 day,  2 deliverymen heists

Two men making deliveries — one by bike, one by truck — were stolen from on Wed., July 15.

In the first theft, a driver was making a delivery to Mad Dog & Beans, a Mexican restaurant at 83 Pearl St., and had parked his truck nearby at 87 Pearl St. in the Financial District at 4:30 a.m., police say. When he returned to the truck, two teenage boys were standing lookout at the back of the truck, while one was inside stealing a bag of work tools. When the boys saw him, they jetted towards South St. They got away with a $200 G.P.S. and a $12 tool, police say.

In a separate incident, a man who had parked his delivery bike with his messenger bags in front of 5 King St. in the West Village at 2:20 p.m. had two packages stolen, police say. Inside the packages were handcrafted jewelry, including rings and earrings, from Scoop NYC, located at 473 Broadway in Soho, valued at $5,497, police say.


Dinner’s on the victim

A thief who stole from a woman hanging out at Fraunces Tavern treated himself or herself to a fancy dinner and cab ride.

On Tues., July 14, a woman, 38, was sitting at the bar at the famed historical tavern at 54 Pearl St. in the Financial District at 7:40 p.m. when someone stole her wallet, which had credit cards, gift cards for J. Crew, Sephora and Whole Foods, $300 and a $200 makeup bag — for a total of $790. The thief did not waste a minute, using the woman’s cards to have a $705 meal at Red Stixs, a restaurant on 216 E. 49 St., and take a $25.81 cab ride, police say.


The Scotchman robbeth

Thieves broke into a Tribeca restaurant during the early morning hours on Fri., July 17 and got away with $10,040 and as well as a $170 Johnnie Walker Blue Label and two pricey bottles of tequila, police say.

When an employee, 40, went to open up Dahlia’s, a Mexican restaurant at 353 Greenwich St., at 7 a.m., he saw that the side entrance door on the restaurant’s Harrison St. was open, police say. He immediately called the police and the restaurant owner.

The padlocks on the management’s door and a file cabinet had been drilled through and two men were shown on surveillance video, according to the Tribeca Trib. The money that was inside the cabinet was gone.


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