Police Blotter: Week of Sept. 8, 2016


A thief absconded with a bike left outside the Comodo restaurant on Macdougal St. around 2 p.m. Monday, police said.

Authorities determined the crook cut the chain that bound the bike to a signpost at the corner with King St. The victim, a 29-year-old woman, found the chain discarded in the spot where she left her $1,800 ride, according to the NYPD.


An opportunistic robber raided an unlocked van parked at the corner of Broadway and Beaver St. Friday evening, cops said.

The thief allegedly looted the vehicle — taking the victim’s credit cards, driver license, MetroCard and $400 in cash. The driver, a 44-year-old woman, found the items missing when she returned to her grey 2003 Ford van around 7 p.m. — about an hour after she parked her car, according to police.


A thief made off with close to $5,000 worth of DJ equipment stolen from a car Sunday morning while the owner was at a Houston St. club, police said.

The victim returned to his 2004 Nissan Pathfinder parked in front of 37 King St. around 4:30 a.m. — after spending several hours at the nearby S.O.B.’s club — to find his driver-side window smashed, according to the NYPD.

The marauder stole two Yamaha speakers, valued at $2,250, as well as DJ controllers, a mixer, cables and other electronics.

Police did not provide a description of the suspect, but they said officers recovered surveillance footage after canvassing the area.


Cops said a crafty crook somehow got hold of a Swedish tourist’s Citi Bike pass code last week and used it to go joyriding with one of the $1,300 rides.

The victim tried to get a bike from the dock at the corner of Centre and Chambers St. just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. A Citi Bike agent confirmed a bike removed using the passcode was not docked and was still in use, according to police.

Police did not have a description of the suspect. The victim, a 33-year-old man, left New York the next day.


A 28-year-old woman’s purse was snatched from under her feet while she stood at the corner of W. Broadway and Chambers St. around 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug 29.

She was promoting the food company “HelloFresh” and placed her bag on the sidewalk to talk to another person, according to the NYPD. When she looked down, the bag was gone. The victim, who did not see who took her property, cancelled her credit cards before they could be used, cops said.


A man who parked his 2016 BMW motorcycle across the street from the Children’s Museum of the Arts on Tuesday, Aug. 30, returned the next morning to find his ride missing, according to the NYPD.

The victim checked to see if his motorcycle had been towed before reporting it stolen, police said.


A brute mugged a 52-year-old woman at the corner of Wooster and Prince Sts. just after 4 p.m. on Friday, according to the NYPD.

The victim and her daughter were shopping when the attacker allegedly shoved her to the ground and tried to wrestle away her purse.

Witnesses described the mugger as a black man with straight hair.


A pedal-powered thief snatched a woman’s cellphone out of her hand in front of 64 South St. Friday night.

The 47-year-old victim was walking down the street just after 8 p.m. when the bandit whizzed by on a black bicycle and grabbed her device, authorities said. The woman was unharmed, according to the NYPD.


Two bike-mounted bandits snatched a man’s cellphone out of his hand Friday night at the corner of Grand and Thompson Sts., police said.

The high-speed heist occurred just before 9:30 p.m., according to police.

Authorities described both suspects as 20-year-old black men. Cops said the phone is an Samsung valued at $700.

— Alex Ellefson