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BY JERRY DANZIG

$44K in Jewelry taken

A Riverside Drive resident reported to police that about $44,000 worth of jewelry went missing, and was presumably stolen, from her residence around the holidays. The 52-year-old woman told police she went looking for her antique diamond engagement ring on Dec. 28 and found it gone along with other several other jewelry pieces, including a rose-gold wedding band. Also missing were cash and coins. She told police that the collection was intact as recently as Dec. 24. Several persons employed by the woman had access to her apartment during those few days.

Hilti as Charged

It appears that building maintenance workers may need to drive armored vans rather than the regular commercial variety. On Dec. 30, a contractor parked his van opposite 64 West 107th St. He removed most of the tools from the van to do his work inside the building. When he returned to the van later that afternoon, the driver’s-side door had been popped open, and he was missing more than $7,000 in tools, including a Hilti jackhammer valued at $2,600.

Mailbox Mayhem

Police remind the public that thieves have been intercepting and altering checks left in area mailboxes. On Oct. 31, a West 95th Street resident mailed a rent check in the amount of $1,747.87 to her landlord which the landlord never received. Then on Dec. 26, the woman went to an ATM to withdraw money and noticed that a large amount of money was missing from her account. She next went to her bank, Citibank, to find out what had happened and discovered that someone had made out three checks in her name using her account number. The three checks were written in the amounts of $4,100, $3,500, and $3,350. The victim was still in possession of the authentic checks. The total stolen came to $10,950.

Junker Junket

Even an old car has value to thieves, at least if it’s a Honda. Late on Christmas, a New Rochelle man parked his car on the northeast corner of Riverside Drive and West 100th Street. The 2000 Honda Civic was gone when he went to fetch on Dec. 27. Police searched the neighborhood but couldn’t find the missing vehicle. Police did make a match in a vehicle database, which showed that the car had been seen by officers on East 132nd Street. The Honda is valued at $2,500.

Arrow Sorrow

Bicycles continue to disappear from city streets, even in winter. On Dec. 20, a 32-year-old man was making a delivery to a customer at 467 Central Park West, leaving his red Arrow 7 electric bicycle in front. The two-wheeler was gone when he returned just a few minutes later. The bike is valued at $1,450.


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