Police Blotter: Week of May 12, 2016


GRAND LARCENY AUTO: Go catch your running cab | Knowing that there’s no such thing as a free ride, one speedy suspect went straight for the car itself in the early morning of Fri., May 6. At about 3am, a 56-year-old cabbie was standing outside his still-running 2016 Toyota on Eighth Ave. (at W. 22nd St.), smoking a cigarette — when all of a sudden, an unknown man jumped into the car and drove off with it. The careless cabbie leapt into action and tried to follow the stolen vehicle by hopping in another taxi, but lost the perp at W. 26th & Eighth Ave. While a canvas of the area yielded no results, there is quite a bit of information available on this lifted lift — video surveillance of the car is available from W. 22nd St. & Eighth Ave., and the car’s alarm company/phone GPS indicates that the car was last tracked going toward Staten Island via the Verrazano Bridge.

GRAND LARCENY: Panty raid | Specialty underwear manufacturer Thinx were caught with their pants down recently, as they reported to police on Fri., May 6 that they had been the victim of some heavy duty Internet theft. The company reports that from Apr. 7–28, products were purchased by someone from the online clothing store (whose headquarters are at 601 W. 26th St., btw. 11th & 12th Aves.), to the tune of $78,000. It was discovered by the victim that an unknown party had created multiple false email addresses in order to accumulate gift cards, which were then used to unethically obtain thousands of the undergarments available at their shop.

GRAND LARCENY: Supersized crime | The operator of a McDonald’s (335 Eighth Ave., btw. W. 26th & W. 27th Sts.) was certainly not lovin’ the fast one being pulled on him by one of his employees. The 58-year-old reports that since Feb. 10, the location’s general manager, a 26-year-old from the Bronx, was not simply content to burgle hamburgers from his job — but instead pilfered $33,064 from the restaurant over the course of 15 separate incidents. The operator states that there is video evidence of the greedy GM counting money, and never putting it in a deposit envelope or safe, and that he later prepped false manifests to cover for the missing funds. The operator reported the crime to police on Fri., May 6, and the readily available video evidence seems poised to transfer the thief from golden arches and Big Macs to iron bars and the big house.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: Key and peeled off | One confused woman saw her vehicle become the victim of a blatant act of vandalism at about 11:30am on Sat., May 7. That’s when the 45-year-old — who was sitting in her parked 2015 Toyota on Ninth Ave. (btw. W. 15th & W. 16th Sts.) — was approached by a man driving a gray Jeep. He told her to “move back,” and then, for reasons unclear, proceeded to key her vehicle on the passenger side rear fender. The criminal key-er then fled in his car southbound on Ninth Ave. and made a left turn eastbound on W. 14th St. The woman, however, was able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle.

PETIT LARCENY: Elder theft at Penn South | An 87-year-old man who resides at Penn South (345 Eighth Ave., btw. W. 27th & W. 28th Sts.), had a watch taken from him, in addition to $300-400 from his allowance fund. As reported on Wed., May 4, by one of the man’s four attendants — a 62-year-old Queens woman — the victim had been in the hospital since early March, and the items were discovered missing upon his return. The man was unable to provide any details about the watch when interviewed by authorities, due to dementia. According to the reporting attendant, there were at least three others with full access to the apartment in the tenant’s absence.


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 May 25.


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 May 17.

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.