A partner in Pickle Guys, 49 Essex St. near Grand St, fought two robbers, one of them wielding a handgun, and with the help of an employee and a passerby, held one of them for police on Monday morning Feb. 20, police said.
Co-owner Alan Kaufman was sweeping the store at 8:30 a.m. when two men entered demanding money, police said. Kaufman fended them off with the broom handle and charged when one of them pulled a gun. Kaufman managed to kick the gunman in the groin and with the help of an employee, William Aleman, pursued the suspect onto the sidewalk where they were joined by a passerby who helped them hold the suspect for police, according to newspaper reports. The second man fled, police said.
Police charged Quentin George, 18, 432 Hancock St., Brooklyn with robbery. A .380 caliber handgun was recovered, police said.
A woman who was entering her building at 160 Madison St. in the Rutgers Houses at about 8 p.m. Tues. Feb. 7 became the victim of a robber who followed her into the building, hit her on the head and fled with her bag, police said. The suspect was described as a light-complexioned black man between 25 and 30 years old about 6 ft. tall and weighing about 190 pounds, wearing a black North Face jacket, black jeans and a black knit cap.
Drug store robbery
Duane Reade employees at 67 Broad St. near Stone St. stopped a man who was leaving the store at 1 p.m. Fri. Feb. 17 without paying for several items that he had concealed in his jacket, police said. They held Luis Reyes, 45, for police who charged him with burglary and said he had been arrested previously at the same location for the same offense.
Pearl St. flat thefts
Burglars entered the office building at 320 Pearl St. near Peck Slip around lunchtime on Fri., Feb. 10 and made off with television flat screens from 10 different offices, police said.
An unknown burglar broke into a construction site at 132 Spring St. between Greene and Wooster Sts. around midnight on Sat. Feb 11, forced his way through a sheet rock wall and stole an unspecified number of power tools, police said.
A thief broke the entrance door at 80 Maiden La., near Gold St. during the early hours of Tues. Feb. 14 and took a laptop computer and a printer from the location, police said.
Burglars broke into the front door of a restaurant at 3 Hanover Sq. during the early hours of Wed. Feb. 1, forced their way into a locked storage room and made off with several bottles of wine, police said.
Vandals broke windows and damaged a storefront at 26 Grand St., on the west side of Sixth Ave. on Sunday afternoon Feb. 12, police said.
Southbridge tenant indicted
A federal grand jury on Feb. 15 indicted Mark Marcucilli, a Southbridge Towers resident and a staff member of the state Division of Housing Conservation and Renewal, and his father, Fred Marcucilli, with mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud Southbridge, a Mitchell-Lama co-op, and the federal Lower Manhattan Development Corp.
The indictment closely follows the criminal complaint filed in December against Mark Marcucilli but adds the name of his father. They are charged with falsely claiming that Fred Marcucilli was a Southbridge resident and eligible for an L.M.D.C. residential grant connected with the World Trade Center attack even though the defendant really lived in Yonkers at the time.
Both Mark and Fred Marcucilli pleaded not guilty and are free on their own recognizance pending a March 1 appearance in federal court in Lower Manhattan.
Jody Wolfson, another D.H.C.R. staff member and Southbridge resident, was also charged with mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud Southbridge in a related federal criminal complaint in January. She is also free on her own recognizance and awaiting grand jury action.
Burglars broke into the glass front door of Leroi Fine Body Jewelry at 80 Rivington St. around 6 a.m. Thurs. Feb. 16, and made off with gold jewelry with a retail value of $6,000, according to the store manager. Detectives from the 7th Precinct are investigating the case.