Volume 22, Number 02 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | May 22 - 28, 2009

Police Blotter

Washed up A.T.M.’s
Police SCUBA divers located four A.T.M.’s in Flushing Meadow Lake in Queens at 9:30 a.m. Fri., May 15 and identified them as having been stolen over the past five months from locations on the Lower East Side and Uptown by a suspect who drove them off in a white van.

The suspect, Valentin Garcia, of Queens, was arrested on April 21 after he was pulled from the East River and charged with trying to steal an A.T.M. from in front of 23 Rutgers St. The white van was found at the scene and was identified as having been stolen in Queens.

Valentine is charged with stealing the first A.T.M. from in front of 107 Clinton St. on Dec. 26, an A.T.M. at 1 Bennet Ave. in Inwood on March 28, and one on W. 52nd St. on April 12. He is also charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.

‘Jack Bauer’ busted
Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the hard-hitting anti-terrorist cop Jack Bauer on “24”, was issued a summons at the First Precinct on May 7 charging misdemeanor assault for head-butting a fashion designer, Jack McCullough, on the nose during a May 5 charity event in Submercer, the club at The Mercer on Prince and Mercer Sts. Sutherland was freed on his own recognizance pending a June 21 court date. He is currently on probation in Los Angeles for a 2007 drunk driving conviction.

D.O.A. Downtown
Police responded to a call at 2:10 p.m. Sat., May 16 at 52 Canal St. at Orchard St. and found a woman, identified only as 28 years old and white, unconscious. She was taken to New York Downtown Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.

Juvenile arrest
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy on Tues., May 12 in connection with the April 22 beating and robbery of a victim at Delancey and Essex St. The victim sustained a broken jaw and had his cell phone taken by the suspect and two accomplices, police said. The suspect, whose name was withheld because of his age, was arrested after witnesses identified him in a photo lineup, police said.

Broken brokerage
A defunct securities firm, Joseph Stevens & Co., Inc., formerly at 59 Maiden La., and the firms two principals, Joseph Sorbara, 48, and Steven Markowitz, 46, and others, were indicted on Wed., May 20, accused of defrauding investors and collecting for themselves $6.2 million in unlawful commissions.

The company, its owners and 14 others, were charged with enterprise corruption, grand larceny, securities fraud, criminal possession of stolen property and falsifying business records.

Between January 2001 and December 2005 the defendants defrauded 800 victims in executing 5,000 trades valued at more than $151 million, according to the charges filed by the Manhattan district attorney. The scheme included manipulating shares so that the defendants got them at discount and sold them to unsuspecting investors at an inflated price, consequently raising the traders’ commissions, according to the indictment.

The defendants also conspired to hide unlawful commissions from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority by spreading their excess commissions over various trades that were not part of the manipulations, the indictment says.

The two principals pleaded not guilty on Wednesday afternoon and their bonds were set at $1 million. Their cases were adjourned to June 16.

— Albert Amateau






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