Police Blotter: Week of Nov. 2, 2017

CITI-PSYCHE! 

A swindler tricked a man into handing over his Citibike on Church Street on Oct. 25.

The victim told police that he was heading to a docking station near Barclay Street to drop off the rental bike at 9:02 am, when a man offered to dock it for him and the victim handed it over.

But the crook didn’t live up to his word, and pedaled away. Cops are hunting him and the $1,200 rental, according to police.

 

CAR CLOSET

A thief nabbed more than $9,000 worth of watches, clothing, and other valuables from a man’s car parked on Broadway on Oct. 29.

The victim told police he left his car near Liberty Street at 6:30 pm, and returned about an hour later to find the wardrobe he’d left in his vehicle had been poached.

 

FREE-FOUR-ALL

Four thieves nabbed nearly $3,000 worth of smartphones from a Broadway cellphone shop on Oct. 19.

An employee told police that the crooks entered the store near Vesey Street at 7:25 pm, and worked together to snatch the phones from a display case, before fleeing.

 

ART OF THE STEAL

A thief looted a Broome Street gallery on Oct. 25, but passed over the fine art in favor of the pricey electronics.

An employee told police the crook entered the gallery between Wooster and Greene streets at 11:39 am, when he proceeded to swipe a $2,800 laptop, along with some keys for the storefront.

 

BAD DELIVERY

Some crook rode off with a delivery guy’s $1,500 electric bike that he left locked on River Terrace on Oct. 25.

The victim told police he parked his bike between Murray and Warren streets at 7:55 pm, and returned about eight minutes later to find his lock clipped and ride stolen.

RIDE RANSACKED

A thief rummaged through a man’s car he had parked on Spring Street on Oct. 22, taking nearly $3,000 worth of valuables.

The victim told police he left his ride between Thompson Street and W. Broadway at 1:30 am, and returned a two hours later to find his laptop and Blackberry cellphone stolen.


MAKEUP CASE

Police busted a woman who allegedly used a bogus credit card to purchase more than $7,800 worth of makeup from a 225 Liberty Street department store on Oct. 22, cops said.

 

JACKET JACKED

Someone snagged a woman’s $5,000 jacket that she left unattended on Broadway on Oct. 15.

The victim told police she was near Fulton Street at 10:30 pm, when she set down her jacket to take some pictures, only to return and discover her lux St. Laurent jacket was stolen.

 

SWEATING IT OUT

A man and two women were arrested for allegedly stealing a $1,250 sweater from a Vesey Street clothing store on Oct. 19.

An employee told police the suspects waltzed into the fashion boutique near West Street at 3:40 pm, and proceeded to stuff the ritzy sweater in a bag, before fleeing past the register and out of the store.

The suspects were arrested that day and charged with grand larceny, cops said.

 

ROUGH PLAY

Three punks robbed two teenagers inside Vesuvio Playground on Oct. 18.

The victims told police that were in the park near Spring Street at 12:30 pm, when the crooks grabbed them and shoved them against the wall of a nearby bathroom.

“This is a stickup,” one of the goons snarled, before reaching into one of the boys’ pockets and yanking out $50.

One of the thieves motioned to something inside his jacket that looked like a gun, and told the victims to wait inside the bathroom for 10 minutes, while they fled.

— Colin Mixson

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