Police Blotter


‘Lost my bracelet’

A man walked into La Palette West Village, at 94 Greenwich Ave., around 8:15 a.m. Wed., May 19, and told an employee who was opening the place that he had dinner in the garden there the night before and lost his bracelet. While the employee escorted him to the back of the place, an accomplice came in, went to the basement, and stole $120 in cash from a cabinet, then walked out the front door, police said. The man who “lost” his bracelet exited a few minutes later, police said.

Bus-stop robbery

A man, 30, who was sitting at a bus stop on the southwest corner of Washington and W. 10th Sts. on Monday afternoon May 17 was robbed at 2:30 p.m. by a suspect who had been sitting next to him, police said. The suspect displayed the handle of a knife in his pocket, told the victim, “Turn around or I’m going to kill you,” then grabbed his cell phone and fled west on foot on W. 10th St., police said.

Arrest Russian beauty

State narcotics enforcement officers arrested a Village woman who was Miss Russia 1998 for forging a Vicodin prescription on a New York State form stolen from her psychiatrist just as she was about to fill the prescription on Tues., May 18, at Ansonia Pharmacy, 446 Sixth Ave. near W. 10th St.

The suspect’s psychiatrist had reported in February that several prescription forms had been discovered stolen after an appointment with her patient, Anna Malova. State Bureau of Narcotics agents alerted Village pharmacies about the situation, and the Ansonia reported that Malova, a W. 12th St. resident, had subsequently filled a prescription for Vicodin, a pain relief drug.

Malova, who had been a physician in Russia but has no license to practice in New York, agreed to waive her right to a grand jury hearing pending an arrangement to attend a drug treatment program, according to court records. She was freed on bail pending an Aug. 9 court appearance.

Computer snatched

A Time Warner Cable driver who parked his van in front of 282 E. Seventh St., near Avenue D, spotted a man reaching through the passenger-side window around 5:15 p.m. Mon., May 17, and grabbing a laptop computer, police said. The driver apprehended the suspect and held him for police. Angel Pagan, 36, an E. Fourth St. resident, was charged with burglary and possession of stolen property, and was in jail pending a June 16 court appearance.

Bag in the trunk

Police arrested Murielle Lubin, 32, of Miami, Fl., outside of Employees Only, a club at 510 Hudson St., around 3 a.m. Tues., May 18, and charged her with grand larceny for stealing a patron’s handbag that contained $281 in cash, an iPod and a digital camera. The victim saw the suspect walk out of the bar and stash the bag in the trunk of her car, which was parked at the curb in front of the place, police said. Lubin was being held pending a June 16 court appearance, according to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.

Unwelcome guest

Police arrested Scott Barden, 40, on Fri., May 14, at the Thompson Lower East Side hotel, 190 Allen St. between East Houston and Stanton Sts., where he had been staying since March 19, and charged him with grand larceny. Barden, who gave an E. 109th St., address, was charging his hotel stay on a credit card belonging to a Palm City, Fl., man, according to the complaint filed by the Manhattan D.A. Police did not say how Barden got the victim’s card or what led to his arrest. Barden was in jail pending a June 2 court appearance.

Beer thief busted

An employee of the Whole Foods store at 95 E. Houston St. near Chrystie St. stopped a man shortly after midnight Thurs., May 13, fleeing from the store with a bottle of premium beer that he had not paid for. Luis Hernandez, 32, was charged with larceny.

Hudson Park punch

A woman, 30, who was trying to break up a fight between a man and another woman in the Hudson River Park at Christopher St. around 9:45 p.m. Sat., May 15, got a punch in the face for her peacemaking effort. Police arrested William Kroll, 30, for the assault and also charged him with resisting arrest for flailing his arm when police handcuffed him.

Albert Amateau