PETIT LARCENY: Crime can’t be compartmentalized | A 44-year-old tourist who thought he left his valuables in a clever hiding place learned a costly lesson — thieves will leave no stone unturned in their search for something to steal. After exiting the Chelsea International Hostel (251 W. 20th St., btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.) at around 10 a.m. on Thurs., June 22, the man spent the day touring the city. He returned at around 9 p.m. to discover $600 in US currency was missing from an all-too-obvious “special compartment” in his suitcase.
AUTO STRIPPING: Witness shines light on dark deed | In the city that never sleeps, plenty of people end up eating at odd hours — which, for the unskilled or unmotivated, translates into cooking up an order for delivery. One such occurrence proved unfortunate for the person tasked with taking some tasty stuff to the 200 block of W. 22nd St. Around 3:40 a.m. on Sat., June 24, the delivery person arrived at the residence, chained his bike to a metal bar, and proceeded to hand over his bag of grub to the hungry customer. While this transaction was happening inside the building, an individual passing by on the street noticed a man removing lights secured to the bike. The witness (a 26-year-old male) called police, who quickly arrived to find the perp still on the scene and in possession of the lights — as well as a controlled substance. The 35-year-old thief was arrested for his twin transgressions, after the delivery person (a 30-year-old male) confirmed the bike lights were indeed his, and had been removed without permission or authority to do so.
PETIT LARCENY: Rubber romp at Reade | “Go big or go home” exemplifies the winning attitude that has swept many a sports team to victory — but one cocky criminal found out the hard way that supersizing it can also earn you a trip to the big house. At around 8:30 a.m. on Sat., June 24, a man was caught attempting to leave a Duane Reade (at 315 W. 23rd St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.) with 16 boxes of Magnum condoms (total value, $388) along with one thematically appropriate source of hydration (a bottle of “Naked” brand juice valued at $4). Police arrived to confront the 25-year-old perp, whose humongous haul of plus-size safer-sex products could not shield him from arrest.
THE 10th PRECINCT: Located at 230 W. 20th St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.). Commander: Capt. Paul Lanot. 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 (on summer hiatus until Sept. 27) meets on the last Wed. of the month, 7pm, at the 10th Precinct or other locations to be announced.
MIDTOWN SOUTH PRECINCT: Located at 357 W. 35th St. (btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Inspector Russel J. Green, Commanding Officer. Call 212-239-9811. Community Affairs: 212-239-9846. Crime Prevention: 212-239-9846. Domestic Violence: 212-239-9863. Youth Officer: 212-239-9817. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-239-9836. Detective Squad: 212-239-9856. The Community Council (on summer hiatus until Sept. 21) meets on the third Thurs. of the month, 7pm, at the New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Ave., btw. W. 34th & 35th Sts.). Visit midtownsouthcc.org.
THE 13th PRECINCT: Located at 230 E. 21st St. (btw. Second & Third Aves.). Deputy Inspector: Brendan Timoney. 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 (on summer hiatus until Sept. 19) meets on the third Tues. of the month, 6:30pm, at the 13th Precinct.
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.