Volume 18 • Issue 27 | November 18 - 24, 2005

Police blotter


Murray St. burglary
The residents of an apartment at 18 Murray St. between Broadway and Church St. discovered on Nov. 9 after returning from a trip that one or more intruders had entered the apartment, rifled through the drawers and made off with an unspecified amount of property, police said. The apartment door, where locks had been replaced recently, was damaged and the lobby door also appeared damaged. Police said a bank camera at the lobby entrance might have recorded images of the burglars.


Pulled from tracks
Two police officers, called to help an Emergency Medical Service team at the Broadway-Lafayette subway station at 3:15 p.m. Sat. Nov. 12, were directed to the northbound F train platform where they spotted a man lying face down on the tracks.

The officers called for power to be shut off but when they saw the lights of an oncoming train, they jumped down to the track bed and pulled the man to safety just before the train entered the station, police said. The victim was taken to the hospital with facial cuts and a broken arm.


Jumps in the river
A Lower East Side man who was driving a stolen car and his friend jumped out of the car at about 2:35 a.m. Mon. Nov. 14 when police stopped them for identification, police said. The driver, Keith Hall, 42, of Cherry St., fled on foot into East River Park with police in pursuit and jumped into the water to escape arrest, police said. Police scuba divers pulled Hall from the water and took him to Bellevue Hospital where he was held for evaluation and charged with grand larceny. The friend escaped.


Bad rent checks
The management office at 575 Broadway at Prince St. told police on Nov. 9 that three commercial rent checks totaling $14,744 that it had received in September, October and November had been bounced because they were fraudulent. But police noted that the renter showed real checks for those months that had been paid. The case is under investigation.


Soho rubber check
Patina, the vintage clothing and jewelry store at 461 Broome St., told police on Nov. 1 that a check from a patron for $3,181 had been returned from the bank as not collectable. The case is being investigated.


Mom loses wallet
A woman who was shopping at the Conway store at 151 William St. with her baby in a stroller on the afternoon of Nov. 9 lost her wallet to a thief who stole it from her bag while she was getting the baby’s bottle, police said. A total of $300 was gone and an unauthorized $70 charge for a metrocard had been made on a credit card, police said.


Wallet filched
A patron at Sway, a lounge at 305 Spring St. between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. discovered that her wallet had been taken some time between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Mon. Nov. 7 from her bag which she had placed on the bar beside her, police said. She lost cash and an unauthorized credit card charge of $37 made at a Queens gas station.


Walks with laptop
A man who purported to be a messenger picking up a package for delivery from a law office at 134 Spring St. on Nov. 9 walked off with a laptop computer valued at $2,000 that he grabbed from a desk, police said.


Gone from backpack
A Queens woman who last saw her wallet shortly before 1 p.m. Nov. 9 when she bought a MetroCard at the Kew Gardens IND station found it was missing from her backpack when she got off the E train at 1:45 p.m. at the World Trade Center station, police said. Her bankcard and $400 were lost.


Body in water
Police recovered the body of an unidentified man floating in the Hudson River off Lower Manhattan at about 10 a.m. Fri. Nov. 11. The Medical Examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death.


Downtown lawyer charged
Gary Berenholtz, an attorney with offices at 225 Broadway, was indicted this week on charges that he stole $63,000 from his former law partner’s escrow account four days after the partner died.

Berenholtz pleaded not guilty to the second degree grand larceny charge on Nov. 15 and was released on his own recognizance pending a Dec. 15 court date, according to the officer of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

In September, Berenholtz’s law partner, Joseph Frost, became ill and asked the defendant to close a real estate deal for him, according to the D.A.’s office. Frost gave the defendants two blank signed checks, one to pay the contract deposit and the second to cover costs associated with the closing. However, since only one check was necessary, Berenholtz told Frost he would tear up the second check but he did not, according to the indictment.
On Sept. 26 Frost died and on Sept. 30, Berenholtz forged a withdrawal slip transferring $63,000 from Frost’s business account to Frost’s escrow account and then wrote out Frost’s second signed check to himself for the $63,000, the indictment says.

—Albert Amateau


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