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Volume 19 | Issue 30 | December 8 - 14, 2006

Police Blotter

Skull fractured
A man visiting Flo, the club at 150 Varick St. near Spring at 2:45 a.m. Sat. Nov. 25, got into an argument with another patron and suffered a fractured skull after he was struck unconscious with an unknown object, police said. His woman companion took him to her apartment but moved him to Bellevue at 4 a.m. when he did not fully regain consciousness. His condition was said to be stable.


Stabbed on Broadway
An argument between two homeless men on the sidewalk in front of 447 Broadway near Howard St. at 5:40 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3 ended when one of them stabbed his adversary in the chest with an unknown instrument, police said. The victim was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in stable condition.


Gang theft on Fulton
A group of eight to 10 young men ran through a clothing boutique at 139 Fulton St. around 5:30 p.m. Tues. Nov. 28 and ran out with two bags full of leather jackets, police said. An employee wrested one bag away packed with eight jackets but the thieves made off with eight in the other bag, police said.


Running off with shoes
A man who parked his car on Greene St. near Houston on Sat. Nov. 25 returned at 11:15 p.m. and found that a thief had gotten into the trunk and made off with credit cards, a California drivers license and a pair of new shoes, police said. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.


Jewelry theft
A resident of 445 Broome St. near Broadway told police that jewelry valued at $66,000 was stolen from the top of a desk in her apartment on Sat. Dec. 2. The victim said she hired movers from Mastro Van on the Upper West Side to come in to take a bed to her mother’s apartment. She left them unattended for a half hour and when she returned she found the box with the jewelry missing. Police are investigating the case.


Car break-in
A man who parked his car on Greene St. between Grand and Canal Sts. on Sat. Nov. 25 returned at 10 p.m. to find the rear passenger window broken, and his laptop computer, credit cards and Indiana driver’s license stolen, police said.


Photo equipment stolen
A thief who entered a camera distribution office at 38 Greene St. near Grand St. on Tuesday afternoon Nov. 28 made off with a Mamiya camera valued at $3,200 and other photo equipment, police said. The office was open at the time and employees said they noticed a man they assumed to be a messenger come in and leave between 4:30 and 5 p.m.


Shoplifter
Police said security guards at Century 21, 22 Cortlandt St. stopped Azusa Taylor, 26, an off-duty Department of Corrections employee, at 8:21 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1 and charged her with trying to leave with merchandise she did not pay for.


Tunnel blinks
What police described as an investigation of a suspicious bag brought bomb squad officers and fire trucks to a Holland Tunnel entrance lane just south of Broome St. at about 5:20 p.m. Tues. Dec.5. They closed the lane briefly and reopened it about 15 minutes later after the suspicions proved false.

--Albert Amateau

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