Police Blotter: Week of June 23, 2016


A wave of motorcycle thefts has seen three bikes disappear from Battery Park City and Hudson Square within five days this month, police say.

In the early morning of Sunday June 12, a man left his $7,500 Yamaha parked outside his workplace on Varick St. for 45 minutes shortly after midnight, only to find it had been stolen when he returned, according to police.

Surveillance video shows two men in a white van pull up and swipe the bike, according to a report.

Three days later, on Wednesday June 15, another man left his red-and-gray BMW bike outside his home on North End Ave., but the machine was stolen overnight, together with a set of tires and gloves — worth $23,000 altogether police say.

On Friday June 17, the third bike — a $20,000 blue-and-white BMW — was stolen between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from its parking spot on Rector Pl., cops say.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the incidents were being treated as connected.


A construction company is missing $8,000 in cash that was taken from its offices in Tribeca, police say.

The money was stolen from an unlocked drawer that held $11,000 in cash at the Thomas St. offices of construction firm OTL Enterprises sometime between Thursday June 9 and Tuesday June 14, according to a report.


A man’s $25,000 watch was swiftly stolen out of a gym locker in Tribeca, cops say.

The victim, a 45-year-old from Westchester, was at the Equinox gym on Murray St. where he secured his Patek Philippe timepiece in a locker and went downstairs to buy a pair of shorts at 4 p.m. on Thursday June 9, according to a report.

He returned only 10 minutes later to find his combination lock gone and the watch missing from his bag, police say.


Thieves lifted a man’s phone and wallet while he was playing a round of tennis at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, according to a report.

The 63-year-old Rector Pl. resident was swinging and smashing it at the park’s tennis courts around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday June 12, say police — then he discovered that his $600 iPhone and $300 in cash had been lifted from his racket case.

— Yannic Rack