Police Blotter: Week of Aug. 4, 2016


A heavy-handed nogoodnik smashed a man’s nose on Thomas St. amid a botched robbery on July 29.

The victim told police that he was near Hudson St. at 11:05 p.m., when the goon waltzed over and demanded cash. When the victim refused, the crook slugged him once in the nose, but then fled none the richer, according to police. Police scoured the area following the attack, but their search turned up empty, cops said.

After the attack, the victim headed to the First Precinct station house, but declined to stick around to file a report, stating, “I just want to go home,” according to police.


Cops busted five teens for allegedly trying — and failing — to break into a Lispenard St. shoe store on July 30.

A rep for the store told police that the alleged rascals tried to bust through the door of the retailer between Church St. and Broadway at 2:45 a.m., damaging a door handle with their attempt. Failing to break in, the kids fled, but were ultimately picked up by cops following a search of the area, cops said.


A bicyclist left his ride unsecured outside a Varick St. Store on July 28, and it was promptly stolen by an opportunistic thief.

The victim told police he left his bike between W. Houston and King Sts. at 7:50 a.m., and returned five minutes later to find some crook had taken it for a ride.


A thief jacked a man’s motorcycle from Warren St. on July 28.

The victim told police that he left his $5,500 Suzuki GSX between West and Greenwich Sts. at 2:30 a.m., and returned four hours later to find an empty spot where his cycle had been.


A crook rode off with a man’s Triumph motorcycle he’d parked along Spring St. on July 29.

The victim told police he left his $10,000 two-wheeler between West Broadway and Wooster St. at 9 p.m., and returned the following day to find he was short one cruiser.


A burglar looted a man’s Toyota Camry he’d parked along Thompson Street on July 30, taking three laptops, an iPhone 5, sneakers, and a business credit card valued at $15,000.

The victim told police that he left his Japanese import between Broome and Spring Sts. at 10 p.m., and returned the following morning to find a window smashed and the numerous electronics and other valuables missing. All told, the caper cost the victim more than $18,000, cops said.


A thief ransacked a man’s work van he left parked along Warren St. on Aug. 1, taking more than $40,000 worth of tools.

The victim told police that he locked the vehicle and left it near Greenwich St. at 1 p.m., and returned later to find all the doors unlocked and his cache of expensive power tools looted. Among the victim’s stolen valuables were a $25,000 laser alignment tool and a $15,000 portable balancer, cops said.


A pickpocket snatched a woman’s phone from her pocket at a crowded West Broadway subway station on July 31.

The victim told police she was entering the station near Chambers St. at 9 p.m., where she bumped into numerous commuters. It was only later, after she’d reached her train’s platform, that she realized her phone had been stolen, cops said.

— Colin Mixson