Police Blotter: Week of Feb. 18, 2016


PETIT LARCENY: Wallet nicked from knapsack | A recent trip to a Gertrude B. Kelly Playground (opposite 313 W. 17th St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.) was no walk in the park for one unfortunate youth. On Thurs., Feb. 11, at about 4:15 p.m., the teenager, who was with friends and her 33-year-old sister, exited the park to get coffee at a nearby Starbucks (leaving her backpack behind, as did others in the group). Upon returning, the girl found that her bag (and hers alone) had been opened, with her wallet, $10 cash, numerous forms of ID and a MetroCard taken.

CRIMINAL POSSESION OF STOLEN PROPERTY: Left holding the purse | An unlucky pair of chic crooks tried to unload a “hot” fashion accessory on a man on Thurs., Feb. 12 — but soon found out his color was blue. At around 5:49 p.m., a police officer was approached by a man and his associate, outside of 75 Ninth Ave (btw. W. 15th & W. 16th Sts.). When the man attempted to sell him a stylish yellow purse, the officer noticed that the bag was stolen from Brooklyn Industries, a clothing chain with an Eighth Ave. & 18th St. location. The two 33-year-old fashion-forward fraudsters were arrested in connection to the crime, and one was discovered to have a crack pipe with crack residue in his pants pocket.

CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Dove hawker becomes jailbird | In a case strangely similar to the above item, on Fri., Feb. 12, a police officer observed a 46-year-old Bronx man attempting to peddle four bottles of Dove body wash on a Ninth Ave. sidewalk (btw. W. 24th & W. 25th Sts.). “You want to buy lotion? Whatever you want to give me,” the eager enticer elucidated at about 7:18 p.m. The officer, deciding not to take the man up on this steal of a deal, instead requested to see his Department of Consumer Affairs License — a license that the budding entrepreneur did not have. He did, however, have a crack pipe with crack residue in his pants pocket, and was promptly arrested.

GRAND LARCENY: Workplace thief strikes when she eats | Most people know that brown-bagging for work can save you some cash — but on Fri., Feb. 12, splurging on takeout cost one woman more than just a day’s worth of lunch money. At about 1:30 p.m., the 26-year-old left her office building at 545 W. 25th St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) for a bite to eat, leaving her Apple MacBook on her desk. Upon returning from lunch, she discovered her $1,300 laptop was missing. Luckily for her, video evidence is available at the location.

HARASSMENT: V-Day road rage | In lieu of arrows, Cupid graced one unfortunate driver with fists this Valentine’s Day. The 30-year-old motorist was driving southbound on 11th Ave. at about 3 a.m. on Sun. Feb. 14, when a taxi cut him off. The man responded by honking at the hack — then the cabbie escalated the situation by stopping and getting out of his vehicle, at the southwest corner of W. 24th St. and 11th Ave. According to the victim, the cabbie then punched him in the eye through the window, and took off. Fortunately, the knuckle-sandwich recipient did not complain about any pain or have visible marks, bruises, or swelling — and, even with his hit eye, was able to get down the license plate number of his assailant.


THE 10th PRECINCT: Located at 230 W. 20th St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.). Commander: Deputy Inspector Michele Irizarry. Main number: 212-741-8211. Community Affairs: 212-741-8226. Crime Prevention: 212-741-8226. Domestic Violence: 212-741-8216. Youth Officer: 212-741-8211. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-924-3377. Detective Squad: 212-741-8245. The Community Council meets on the last Wed. of the month, 7 p.m., at the 10th Precinct or other locations to be announced. The next meeting is Feb 24.

 THE 13th PRECINCT: Located at 230 E. 21st St. (btw. Second & Third Aves.). Deputy Inspector: David Ehrenberg. Call 212-477-7411. Community Affairs: 212-477-7427. Crime Prevention: 212-477-7427. Domestic Violence: 212-477-3863. Youth Officer: 212-477-7411. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-477-4380. Detective Squad: 212-477-7444. The Community Council meets on the third Tues. of the month, 6:30 p.m., at the 13th Precinct. The next meeting is Mar. 15.

CASH FOR GUNS | $100 cash will be given (no questions asked) for each handgun, assault weapon or sawed-off shotgun, up to a maximum payment of $300. Guns are accepted at any Police Precinct, PSA or Transit District.