Police Blotter: Week of June 9, 2016


GRAND LARCENY: Apple played for stooges by three | The Apple Store at 401 W.14th St. (at Ninth Ave.) fell victim to a simple, but very effective trick devised by a trio of thieves. At about 4:30pm on Wed., June 1, the three men ran a scheme, in which two of them distracted the cashier, while the third reached behind the counter and removed the phones. They took their three-phone haul, and made their way to the Apple Store in Soho, where they ran a similar scheme. The three iPhone 6S models they took are worth an estimated $1,950, and while they have not yet been apprehended, video of the incident is available, as are the services of the other Apple Store security guard, who can provide more details on the case to authorities.

ASSAULT: Assailant needs to mellow out | Perhaps if one early morning patron of Gilded Lily (408 W. 15th St., btw. Ninth & 10th Aves.) had consumed his illicit substances on Sat., June 4 he wouldn’t have been so hotheaded — and might not have landed himself in doubly hot water with police. For reasons unknown, at about 3:20am, a 28-year-old stranger punched a 36-year-old man in the face, causing swelling and laceration to his left eye. The punchy perp, a Brooklyn resident, was arrested, and, to make matters worse (for him), police found him to be in possession of marijuana as well. The victim was removed to Weill Cornell Medical.

PETIT LARCENY: Wine and crime | When someone at Don Giovanni Ristorante (214 10 Ave., btw. W. 22nd & W. 23rd Sts.) raided the restaurant’s liquor cabinet, they decided to snag something other than top-shelf booze. As reported to the 10th Precinct on Fri., June 3, on May 24, an iPad, a Mac Mini, and an iPad mini were removed from their places in the restaurant’s wine room while renovations were undertaken within the room. When they went to be retrieved post-renovation on Wed., June 1, it was discovered that the computers had been taken by an unknown individual. Totaled up, the three items represent $913 worth of missing gadgets — though luckily there were cameras at the location, which should hopefully aid in their recovery.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: Slashing spree cuts cars | On Sat., June 4, a number of vehicles displaying NYPD restricted parking permits in their windows had their tires slashed by an unknown party. The vehicles were parked outside of 408 W. 36th St. (btw. Ninth & Dyer Aves.) from about 8pm to 2am (on June 5), and their owners discovered them to be defaced upon their return. The first victim was a 28-year-old man, whose red 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer had both passenger side tires slashed, as well as his front driver’s side tire. From that, a slew of other destructive vehicular crimes followed: a 29-year-old man’s gray 2007 Nissan Altima had its front passenger tire sliced up; a 33-year-old found the front driver’s side tire slashed on his green 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer; and a 30-year-old man’s black 2009 Mazda suffered a stabbed rear driver’s side tire. No one has been arrested yet in connection to the slashings, but there are a number of private security cameras in the area (at 408, 410, & 412 W. 36th St., and at the Edison ParkFast lot at Ninth Ave. & W. 36th St.), which could aid in identifying the culprit.


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, 7pm, at the 10th Precinct or other locations to be announced. They are on hiatus until Sept. 28.

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, 6:30pm, at the 13th Precinct. The next meeting is June 21.

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.