Volume 21, Number 34 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | January 2 - 8, 2009

Police Blotter

Credit Card spree
Police arrested Alisha Rankin, 37, of Brooklyn on Mon., Dec. 15 outside of Marciano, a Soho boutique at 514 Broadway, and charged her with using a stolen credit card at Bloomingdale’s Soho on Broadway. Police said Rankin stole the card from a woman at Party City, 3 W. 14th St., less than an hour before she was arrested.

The owner of the credit card told police that her wallet with several credit cards had been lifted from her open handbag while she was in the Village party supply store. The suspect was charged with using the victim’s Bloomingdale’s card at the Soho store to buy two coats and using another stolen card at Marciano to try to buy a dress, a pair of jeans and a necklace, but she was arrested on leaving the store.

Rankin was being held pending a Jan. 22 court appearance on charges of identity theft, forgery and grand larceny.

Short at Shorty’s
A visitor from Gulfport, Fla. had lunch at Shorty’s 32, the restaurant at 199 Prince St. at Sullivan St. on Fri., Dec. 12 and found when she went to pay her bill at 2:20 p.m. that her wallet with $200 in cash, credit cards and her Florida driver’s license was gone.

Burglar flees
A burglar who broke into 179 Franklin St. around 3 a.m. Tues., Dec. 16 was prying open the door to Thalassa Restaurant but fled when the night porter came to investigate the noise, police said.

-- Albert Amateau




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