Police Blotter: Week of Feb. 25, 2016


A thief with expensive taste picked up some designer bags off the street, according to police.

The fashionable fiend lifted a shipping box packed with a pair of handbags and a backpack, worth $10,500 altogether, that was standing in front of the loading dock for the Chanel boutique at 139 Spring St. on Monday, Feb. 15, according to a report.

He was caught on video grabbing his haul around 8 a.m. and then bolting southbound on Wooster St., police say.


A man swiped a $55,000 sedan for a ride out of town last weekend, police say.

The 2016 black Infiniti QX70 was checked out with a valid key card from the Enterprise CarShare garage at 10 Liberty St. at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, according to police.

When the car wasn’t returned, employees at the garage noticed that the credit card on file for the matching account didn’t work, police say.

An employee told police that the Enterprise G.P.S. inside the vehicle was also disabled, but a license-plate camera registered the car leaving the Holland Tunnel around 1 p.m. the next day, according to a report.


Some Fidi residents might be waiting a long time for their deliveries, after thieves stole three boxes out of a DHL van parked in the neighborhood last week.

A driver for the shipping company told police that he parked his van in front of 85 Nassau St. at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, according to a report.

When he returned to the van to make a delivery, he noticed that there was damage to the rear door, but it was still locked, police say.

Upon further inspection, however, he noticed that three boxes were missing from his load, according to a report, which didn’t note what items were stolen.


A 70-year-old visitor from Wales was robbed of her wallet in a Civic Center Starbucks, police say.

The woman was waiting in line at the coffee shop at 38 Park Row around 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, when someone snatched the wallet out of her open bag, according to police.

The contents of the wallet included almost $1,000 in cash in dollars and euros, as well as batteries for the woman’s hearing aid.


A 22-year-old man was slashed in the Financial District on Monday night, police say.

The intoxicated victim was walking along Cliff St. near the corner with John St. around 11:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 15 when he got into an argument with a man on the street, cops said.

The passer-by pulled out a blade and slashed the victim, leaving him lying on the sidewalk with a four-inch cut to the abdomen, according to police.

The victim was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital in stable condition and the attacker is still on the loose, police said.


Fashion fiends struck twice in Lower Manhattan two weeks ago, bagging thousands of dollars worth of designer accessories, according to police.

Three stylish shoplifters swiped three designer handbags from a Versace boutique in Soho.

The male purse pinchers grabbed the bags, worth $4,475 altogether, and bolted from the store at 160 Mercer St. around 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 9, according to police.

Just the day before, another classy crook lifted five Tiffany sunglasses worth $1,750 from a Sunglass Hut in the Financial District, police say.

The man snagged the shades from the store at 183 Broadway at 5:27 p.m. on Monday Feb. 8, according to a report.


Three men were busted trying to buy a $300 suit jacket with a forged credit card on Monday Feb. 8, police say.

The fashion-forward fraudsters, who hail from Brooklyn, Queens and Charleston, S.C., were arrested after trying to pay with the counterfeit card at the Suit Supply on Broome St. around 3:15 p.m., according to the police report.

When the credit card was rejected, they tried to settle the bill with a Visa gift card instead — which also turned out to be fake, according to police.


A Queens man was robbed and then beaten in broad daylight in the Financial District, police say.

The victim was standing across from a Dunkin Donuts on Beaver St. around 2:20 p.m. last Friday, Feb. 12, when a pickpocket reached into his pants to steal a wad of bills totaling $600, according to a report.

When the man tried to stop the thief, a second pickpocket with a red baseball cap punched him in the face several times before the robbers both fled westbound, police said.

The victim’s swollen and bruised face was treated by emergency medics at the scene, according to police.


A 21-year-old man zoomed off in a stolen Zipcar last month, police say.

The car-stealing crook drove off with a dark blue Mercedes-Benz GLK model parked inside a garage at 200 Chambers St. just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 1, according to a report.

He used a fraudulent account to check out the car and was arrested with the $37,900 SUV three days later, according to police.