Police Blotter, Week of April 3, 2013

Designer duffles bagged
Six shoplifters conducted a grab and go operation at a Louis Vuitton store in Soho that cost the boutique $6,210 in merchandise plus repairs.

An employee told police that four young men entered the 116 Greene St. location at 3:15 on Sat., March 30. The men caused a distraction while a fifth entered and grabbed three Louis Vuitton duffle bags. Three of the men blocked security from getting to the thief, and escorted him to the front door. When security locked the front door, the two men on the outside broke the door open to allow their cronies to escape. All six fled northbound on Greene St.

Cards charged up
Two victims who lost their wallets in the Financial District ended up with heavy credit card tabs thanks to unauthorized spending sprees.

One woman, 24, reported that she was having drinks with friends at the Ulysses Folk House bar at 95 Pearl St. on Thursday night when her purse was taken. She had left it on a hook under the bar near where she was sitting on March 28, from 7:30-7:45 p.m. During that time, someone took her purse which contained her $200 Michael Kors wallet and several bank cards. The abductor was a fast spender. In the two and a half hours between the time of its theft and her report to the police at 10:18 p.m., the thief had reportedly charged four of the cards for a total of $2,378.

Another woman did recover her stolen handbag, but the damage had already been done.

The 28-year-old was an employee of Ryan Maguire’s Restaurant and Bar who said she left her purse on an unattended coat rack at the 28 Cliff St. location at 5 p.m. Fri., March 22. While she was working, she said someone had removed the bag from the rack. Her manager found her bag the next morning in the bar’s adjoining parking lot. Three credit cards had been removed from the purse, and she later discovered that one had been charged for $139.60 at 40 Exchange Pl. and another had been charged at various locations for a total of $370.37. She cancelled all of the stolen cards.

Snatcher pedals past
A bicyclist made off with a pedestrian’s cell phone as she walked through Hudson Square.

A 19-year-old woman reported to police that her iPhone was snatched out of her hand at the intersection of Varick and Charlton Sts. on Mon., March 25 at 8:10 p.m. She said she held the phone close to her body in both hands as she walked and listened to music through her headphones. She thief walked toward her with his bike next to him and passed her. He then doubled back and got on his bike and rode toward her from behind, snatching her $400 white iPhone 5 from her hand and riding away northbound on Varick St. She described the snatcher as about 20 years old with dark hair and eyes, 6’1”, wearing jogging clothes and a gray cap.

The phone’s tracking app was unable to activate because the phone had been turned off.

No, pickpocket yes

A young woman’s overly familiar conduct was explained when her target noticed that his belongings were nicked.

The victim, 24, said he had been drinking with a friend and spending time with a woman before the incident, which occurred on the street corner of Hudson and Spring Sts. between 3:30 and 5:30 a.m. on Thurs., March 28. He told police that an unknown woman, about 5’4” with dark hair was rubbing his chest and feeling his front left pocket.

Presumably she was more interested in his bank account than in him, because immediately after she left he noticed that his credit card, MetroCard, Australian driver’s license and $95 in cash were missing from his pockets. He was later notified by his bank that his credit card had been maxed out.

Police reported that $95 in cash was recovered, but no arrests were reported and the other property was not mentioned.

Out of pocket expense
It’s a classic case: She knows she put her wallet in her backpack, but doesn’t know where it went.

A woman told police that she was sure she had put her wallet in the small pocket of her bookbag and zipped it closed while she was walking near South Street Seaport on Wed., March 27 at 6:45 p.m. After about two blocks, on the corner of John and Water Sts., she realized that the zipper was open and her pocketbook was missing. A police canvass for video was negative.

She canceled her credit cards with no unauthorized usage, but lost $250 in cash and her Colombian ID and driver’s license.