Tools aid tool heist
The manager of a construction site in a building at 330 Hudson St. near Charlton St. closed the site at 3:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb 18 and opened it at 6:22 a.m. the next morning to find that more than 20 hand and power tools valued at $3,609 had been stolen from the second and third floor storage rooms. The thieves entered through a door on the north side of the building at Charlton St. and left through a door on Hudson St., police said. The thieves discarded a bolt cutter from the site and a cut chain that had been used to secure the site, police said.
An employee of Greenhouse, the club at 150 Varick St., near Spring St. stopped Chase Morris, 27, in the club at 3:35 a.m. Tues. Feb. 16 and caught him with stolen credit cards in a woman’s handbag, police said. Police arrested Morris and said the bag and the cards had been taken from a resident of E. 33rd St., police said.
A Manhattan woman, 19, told police on Thurs., Feb. 18 that she was in Greenhouse around 11 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17 when an unknown suspect snatched her cell phone from her hand. The victim said she called her cell phone from another phone and a woman answered and laughed. The victim waited a day to report the incident because Greenhouse personnel advised her to wait to see if anyone would return the phone, police said.
Greenhouse did not comment on the arrest, but disputed the police account of the second incident. Elizabeth Rosenthal, a spokesperson for the club, said through her spokesperson that after the club learned of the lost cell phone, an employee called the number, which led to the woman recovering her cell phone.
Soho intruder flees
An employee of Pegu went to the rear office storage space of the club at 159 Wooster St. at 12:08 a.m. Tues., Feb. 16 and ran into an intruder who fled through a side door, police said. The thief broke into a file cabinet but apparently did not have time to take anything. There was no sign of forced entry but the club owner told police that the lock on the side entrance on Wooster St. often malfunctions in cold weather.
Prince St. burglary
A resident of 156 Prince St. returned from a brief visit with a neighbor at 4:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16 but couldn’t open the front door, which had been locked from the inside, police said. The victim, 60, then went round the back, entered the house through a cellar door and found his apartment in a shambles. A checkbook, a laptop computer valued at $1,500 and an Amazon Kindle reader valued at $350 were stolen.
The manager of Energy Kitchen, 71 Nassau St., locked up after closing at 11:46 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 18 but discovered when the place was opened at 5 a.m. the next morning that someone had removed the lock cylinder from the front door, opened the security gate, forced open two cash registers and stole $53 in rolled coins, police said.
An employee of Kiki of Montparnasse, the boutique at 79 Greene St., discovered on Wed., Feb. 10, that a double chain diamond ring valued at $1,200 was missing from a display case, police said. A surveillance tape showed a cleaning woman, who was working her last day on the job, taking the ring, police said. Police are looking for the suspect.
A.T.M. break in
An employee of Café Noir, 32 Grand St., was closing the place at 3:15 a.m. Mon., Feb. 22 when she discovered that an Automatic Teller Machine was broken and $1,680 had been taken, police said. The employee told the owner and police that she had heard a bang about 10 minutes before she closed the café. The owner told police that he had received a text message at 2:09 a.m. saying, “Safe door is open.”
Vuitton bag taken
A Brooklyn woman, 20, told police she was shopping at a clothing boutique at 150 Spring St. in Soho around 6 p.m. Fri., Feb. 19 when she discovered her bag was missing. The Louis Vuitton bag, valued at $1,700, had $150 in cash as well as a cell phone and credit cards. The victim did not know how the bag was taken or who had taken it, police said.
— Albert Amateau
with Josh Rogers