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Violent Biker Arrested

A bicycle rider was arrested after venting his “sidewalk rage.” Late on Feb. 4, a 66-year-old man from the Upper East Side asked a 41-year-old man to move his bike, which was blocking the entrance to a store at 1278 First Ave. The bike rider responded by swinging a chain at the older man, striking him on his arm. The assailant took off heading north on First Avenue on his bike but was apprehended by police at the southwest corner of 110th Street and First Avenue, about two miles north of the incident. He was charged with assault and menacing. The older man refused medical attention.

Single-Shoe Shoplifter

Shoes are generally acquired in pairs, but not for one shoplifter. At 10 a.m. on Dec. 11, a woman dressed all in black with a black scarf covering her face entered the Christian Louboutin store at 965 Madison Ave., took a single shoe from a display, and placed it in her shopping bag before leaving the store without paying. The shoe was a Harleyda 55 size 36 valued at $2,695. The incident wasn’t reported until earlier this month.

Air Lift

Here’s a cautionary tale for Airbnb renters. At 2 a.m. on Jan. 7, a 34-year-old man returned to his apartment at 220 East 79th St., which he had rented out via Airbnb. He discovered that his temporary tenant had thrown a party in his apartment, and his MacBook Pro was missing, valued at $1,249.

Weed Misdeed

Driving drugged is as bad as driving drunk. At 2:20 p.m. on Feb. 5, a police officer observed a black 2003 BMW making an improper left turn and unsafely changing lanes, causing other cars to brake short. He pulled over the driver, a 20-year-old man, at the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue and 86th Street. Further investigation revealed that the driver was operating his vehicle under the influence of narcotics and was also found to be in possession of marijuana. The driver was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and moving infractions.

Pane Pain

Police are looking for vandals who smashed windows at two neighborhood businesses on one night recently. Between 4 a.m. and 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 5, unknown hooligans broke the windows of the Chenille Organic Cleaners at 1443 Second Ave., causing $1,800 worth of damage, as well as a Pottery Barn Teen store at 1451 Second Ave., breaking its window and causing $250 in damage. No property was taken from either store.



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