Police Blotter, September 28 – October 4, 2011

Downtown bank robber
A man entered the Sovereign Bank branch at 2 Gold St. at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, put a plastic bag on a teller’s counter and passed a note saying, “Put the money in the bag. I have a gun,” police said. The robber fled from the bank with $2,258 and ran north on Gold Street.

Chinatown pesticides
Ten Chinatown shop owners were charged in state and federal courts in Manhattan last week with selling “dangerous and illegal pesticides” in their shops. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced on Sept. 19 that some of the illegal products, with labels in Chinese, “look and smell like cookie crumbs, making them especially dangerous to children.” He added that some of the products were so toxic that a single small vial could kill a grown man. The investigation by the D.A., and state and federal environmental agencies began in April.

Bergtraum star’s murder
Two suspects in the Sept. 11 Harlem murder of Murry Bergtraum senior Tayshana Murphy, 18, were arrested on Sept. 21 in Columbia, S.C. Robert Cartagena, 20, and Tyshawn Brockington, 21, were awaiting extradition to New York. A third suspect, Terique Collins, 24, was arrested shortly after Murphy’s shooting death in a stairwell of the Grant Houses. The killing is believed connected to a dispute between gangs in the Grant and the nearby Manhattanville Houses. Murphy, who played basketball for Bergtraum’s women’s team, was hoping for a career in the professional Women’s National Basketball Association.

Had her bag
A woman patron of Starbucks at 55 Broad St. stopped for coffee around noon on Monday, Sept. 26 and discovered a short time later that her wallet, with four credit cards, a bankcard and $300 in cash, had been stolen from her bag. The woman, 24, told police that the bag had been in her possession all the time she was in the shop.

Soho auto thefts
A Jersey City man parked his 2011 black Audi sedan opposite 15 Wooster St. around 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 and returned at 5 a. m. the next day to find it had been stolen.

A man who parked his 2007 JTN stunt motorcycle at the southeast corner of Greenwich and Spring Sts. near his home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 discovered two days later that the bike, valued at $5,000, had been stolen.

A man entered the Steven Allen boutique at 103 Franklin St. in Tribeca around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and managed to distract an employee while he opened a locked drawer, took a Rolex watch valued at $2,600, fled without paying for it and made his escape in a silver Honda, police said.

An employee of the Cole Haan boutique at 128 Prince St. in SoHo noticed that three handbags were missing on Thursday, Sept. 22. He went to the store surveillance tape to find an image of a man entering the place around 10:52 a.m., grabbing the three bags with a total value of $1,044 and walking out without paying for them, police said.

A man walked into the Georg Jensen shop at 125 Wooster St. around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, asked to see a gold bracelet, then snatched the  $6,700 item and fled with it, police said.

An unknown suspect walked into the Coach boutique a 143 Prince St. around 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 and made off with two handbags with a total value of $1,416, police said.

Soho cell phone snatch
A visitor from Spain, 32, was getting a water bottle out of his book bag around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the northwest corner of Spring and Wooster Sts. when a passing stranger   grabbed the bag containing an iPad and a camera and fled on foot west on Spring St., police said.

Picked on train
A woman resident of the Upper West Side told police she got on a crowded No. 2 rain around 8:55 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 and discovered at the Chambers Street station that her handbag was unzipped and her wallet had been stolen.

 — Albert Amateau