Police Blotter, Week of Nov. 5, 2015

‘America got stupid’
Everyone’s a critic — including, apparently, thieves. After a man snatched a woman’s wallet in Soho, he ran away shouting, “America got stupid,” police say.

The woman, 27, was walking on Broadway on Sat., Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., when the thief dipped into her pocketbook, grabbed her wallet and took off, police say. He got away with her $400 red Prada wallet, three credit cards, various IDs and $40.

Soul crushing
What would you do to get your workout on? Two men stole a SoulCycle demo bike worth $3,000, police say.

Two suspects snatched the bike, which had been stationed outside the SoulCycle location at 101 Maiden Lane in the Financial District, on Thurs., Oct. 29 at 10:15 a.m., an employee told police. It had been sitting outside the popular workout facility for nine months during business hours without incident.

Caffeine jitters
A man needed his Red Bull fix so badly he threatened to slash a CVS employee in order to steal a case of it, police say.

The man, 49, swiped the energy drinks at the CVS at 129 Fulton St. in the Seaport on Sun., Nov. 1 at 11 a.m., police say.

When a male employee tried to stop the suspect, he said, “I will [expletive] stab you,” and brandished a metal object, according to the police report. The thief allegedly tried to slash the employee, but didn’t succeed. Police arrested him.

Costly cab ride
Forgetting something in a cab stinks. Having the cabbie then steal your stuff and use your credit cards is even worse.

A 41-yar-old man had that exact experience on Tues., Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., police say. He took a cab to 167 Duane St. in Tribeca and realized he had left his bag in the back after the driver had taken off. He then contacted the cabbie, who refused to come back.

Lo and behold, 45 minutes later, the man noticed three unauthorized charges on his credit cards in Queens to the tune of around $180, according to the police report. Police say the thief got away with the man’s Swiss and Italian passports and IDs, green card, global entry card, sunglasses valued at $750, and $1,200 in cash.

Smooth operators
Two men working together snapped up a patron’s bag — which included a brand new, $2,000 MacBook — at Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District, police say.

A 49-year-old man went to the historic restaurant at 54 Pearl St. on Thurs., Oct. 22 at around 5:50 p.m. and put his bag on the chair next him, police say. He had also draped his jacket over the chair.

Video shows one thief putting his jacket on top of the patron’s and then going through the victim’s jacket, with his confederate acting as lookout, police say. Then the first thief swiped the bag, which also contained $600 gold cufflinks, a $500 hard drive, a $50 charger, a $50 camera lens and a Mets cap, according to police.

Scooter snatched
“Back to the Future” envisioned a 2015 that had flying cars and hoverboards. Neither has happened yet, but the closest thing to hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, are very popular — including with thieves.

On Thurs., Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. a Tribeca man was watching his son soccer game at the Battery Park City ballfields at the corner of West and Murray Sts. He put his $1,775 black electronic IO Hawk self-balancing scooter on the ground. When he came back, it was gone.

Hooch heist
A thief will either get very drunk or make a quick buck after stealing two cases of alcohol worth $400.

A delivery driver was making his rounds on Wed., Oct. 21 and parked his company’s 2003 black Dodge van in front of 100 John St. in the Financial District at 5 p.m., police say. He discovered two hours later that the cases of Ciroc vodka and Baileys were gone. He told police the van was unlocked and there was no damage.

— Dusica Sue Malesevic

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One Response to Police Blotter, Week of Nov. 5, 2015

  1. Self balancing scooters are definitely a cool technology, it's a good thing that they have come down so much in price, you would now be losing about $300 to $600 if someone were to steal your hoverboard scooter.

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