Volume 22, Number 51 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | April 30 - May 6, 2010
Seek A.T.M. thieves
Police are still seeking information leading to the arrest of two thieves who broke into or carried off 11 automated teller machines from street locations in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Soho and Greenwich Village between Jan. 23 and April 5.
Using their Cadillac Brougham (a 20-year-old model) the suspects, described as black men, one 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, and the other 5 feet 10 inches and 250 pounds, began their spree on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. at 5 E. 33rd St. in Midtown. They then went on to take an A.T.M. from in front of 124 Orchard St. at 12:30 a.m. Feb. 4, and on April 5 in broad daylight from in front of 34 E. Seventh St.
On Feb. 22 they struck twice, first in Soho, at 32 Grand St. at 2:09 a.m., and then at the other end of the street, in Chinatown, at 279 Grand St. around 5:30 p.m.
They next took an A.T.M. from another Grand St. location in Soho at 4:41 a.m. on March 11. They hit cash machines at 138 Orchard St. at 1:40 a.m. March 18, and at 179 Essex St. at 11 p.m. March 22.
Returning to Soho, they targeted an A.T.M. at 196 Spring St. at 10 p.m. March 28, and at 1:50 a.m. March 31, stole one from in front of 125 Sullivan St.
They struck in Greenwich Village at 2 a.m. April 5, hitting an A.T.M. at 197 Bleecker St.
Information may be called in anonymously to 800-577-TIPS (8477) or reported online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting to 274637 (crimes) and entering TIPS577.
A student at the Henry St. School for International Studies, 220 Henry St., was leaving the school with fellow students for a field trip on Mon., April 26, when two teens slashed him from his left cheek to his neck. The victim, identified in a Daily News item as Pascasio Rodriguez, 15, was at the rear of the line of students when the suspects jumped him. The students, who had to have a 90 grade point average to make the trip, were on their way to a music-video taping on 106th St. with faculty members leading, when the attack occurred. His mother said the victim had never been in trouble before and must have been mistaken for someone else. Rodriguez was in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.
Bike-free for Bam
East Village residents who left their bicycles locked to street signs and left their cars parked on East Houston St. on Thursday morning April 22 when the presidential motorcade drove past for President Obama’s address at The Cooper Union, found nothing there that afternoon. Police had taken the bikes to the Seventh Precinct on Pitt St. and the cars to the West Side Tow Pound on 35th St. as a security measure, according to Paul Browne, the Police Department’s deputy commissioner for public information. Police had posted No Parking signs along East Houston St. on Tues., April 20, but local cyclists said they saw no mention of bicycles. On Fri., April 23, hand-lettered signs on East Houston St. directed cyclists to the Seventh Precinct to retrieve their bikes. In response to press questions, Browne said in an e-mail message that 165 cars and 30 bicycles were removed in advance of the presidential motorcade.
— Albert Amateau
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