Police Blotter

Hotel thieves
Four women visiting Downtown hotels and restaurants last week had their bags stolen by sneak thieves, according to police.

A patron in the Millenium Hilton bar, 55 Church St., told police a thief took her $300 bag with $30 in cash and personal papers from the back of her chair on Saturday evening May 17. The hotel, across from the World Trade Center site, reopened at the end of April after being closed following the 9/11 attack.

Earlier that day, a Brazilian visitor to Le Pain Quotidien, 100 Grand St., told police her bag with $400 and credit cards was stolen at about 2:30 p.m. from the back of her chair.

On Fri. May 16, a patron of the Mercer Hotel cocktail lounge on Mercer St. between Prince and Houston Sts. told police her bag with $90 in cash, a palm pilot and a cell phone, was stolen from the back of her chair.

On Thurs., May 15, a patron of Popeye’s Chicken, 112 Chambers St., reported that a thief took her backpack with personal papers and credit cards from the back of her chair at 1:30 p.m.

Rape report
A 16-year-old girl told Fifth Precinct police that a 24-year old man she was acquainted with raped her on the night of Fri. May 16. Police said the incident, which occurred on Canal St. somewhere between Broadway and Allen St., was under investigation.

Cool theft
Employees of Ecco, the restaurant under renovation at 124 Chambers St., told police at 5 p.m. Thurs. May 15 that the construction crew had removed the restaurant’s $14,000 air conditioning system without permission at the end of the day’s work.

Office thief
A man who works in at office at 30 Exchange Pl. told police on Fri. May 16 that a thief had taken his knapsack, which he had left unattended at his desk between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The bag had credit cards, personal papers but no cash, police said.

Knock-off arrests
Police from the Midtown South Peddler Task force and from the First and Fifth Precincts raided two Downtown locations serving as warehouses for counterfeit music CDs and DVDs worth an estimated $500,000, police said. Eight people were arrested for trademark infringement at 277 Canal St. near Broadway and at 415 Broadway at Canal St.

Through the wall
Burglars broke through a sheet rock wall from an air conditioning room into an office at 80 Broad St. on Thurs. morning May 15, but left without taking anything, police said.

Steals tools
Burglars broke a window to enter a construction site at 66 White St. on Fri. morning May16 and made off with drills, saws and other hand tools valued at $38,000, police said.

Prince St. burglar
A burglar entered an apartment at 161 Prince St. on Friday afternoon, May 16 and took a laptop computer and a DVD player, according to police.

Loading dock attack
Two assailants beat a man who was working at a loading dock at 175 Varick St. near King St. at 8 a.m. Sat. May 17, according to police. One man, wielding what police described as a bladed instrument, slashed the victim’s forearm and the other suspect smashed the victim’s shoulder with a baseball bat. Police did not reveal the circumstances and said the case is under investigation.

—Albert Amateau


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