A resident of 200 Rector Pl. in Battery Park City learned on Fri. April 8 that an unknown crook had used her Social Security number to secure a $1 million mortgage from one bank and to open credit lines with several other banks, police said. Law enforcement officials are tracking the money-trail to learn exactly where the money wound up and the identity of the thief, police at the First Precinct said.
Credit card fraud
A woman who returned to her home at 200 Rector Pl. at about 1 a.m. Fri., April 8 after a night out found that her wallet with her credit card had been lifted, police said. The thief charged $1,874.47 on the card, police said. A resident of 20 River Terrace discovered on Sat. April 2 that someone had made several unauthorized charges on her credit card, police said.
A patron of a ground floor restaurant at 60 Broad St. left her bag on the back of her chair on Fri. April 8 and when she finished her coffee shortly before 4 p.m. she discovered that her wallet had been taken, police said. The wallet had $700 in cash, credit cards and personal documents.
A woman who had lunch at a restaurant at the corner of Maiden La. and Nassau St. on Thurs. April 7 told police that she put her wallet into her bag after paying for her meal. She discovered later that her wallet was gone when she went to pay for a cup of coffee at the same restaurant, police said. The thief made several charges on the victims credit cards, police said.
An unknown thief bumped into a woman walking south on Greenwich St. near Edgar St. and picked her wallet out of bag at about 5:30 p.m. Fri. April 8, police said. The wallet had about $700 cash, personal documents and credit cards.
Fulton St. office
A woman who works in an office at 111 Fulton St. left her bag at her desk while she went to a meeting on Thurs. April 7 and discovered her wallet was missing from the bag when she returned, police said. The victim lost $500 in cash, credit cards and personal documents.
Police have launched an intensive program to combat graffiti vandalism, offering cash rewards of up to $500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals.
An expanded citywide vandals task force includes an anti-graffiti section. Public education against graffiti and encouraging graffiti clean-up programs are included in the program. To report a graffiti vandal in the act, phone 911 and to give information about a graffiti suspect, phone 311.