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Bank robbery

Police are searching for a man in his 40s who walked in to the Chase bank at 126 East 86th Street at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, April 10, passed a note to a teller saying he had a bomb and demanded cash. He fled after the teller gave him $5,009.

Animal Cruelty Arrest

An Upper Manhattan man was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after he brought in his bichon frisé into The Animal Medical Center on 62nd Street on Monday, April 10. The dog, named Snow, had numerous signs of neglect and mistreatment. The dog had its front right paw severed and appeared malnourished, and had matted hair and uncut nails, according to a police account. The man, identified only as being 25, was arrested the same day.

Out of the Boxster

Police arrested a man who had stolen an expensive convertible from a local parking garage. On Feb. 7, a 67-year-old man parked his brown 2015 Porsche Boxster convertible for the winter at an East 84th Street garage. When he returned to pick up the car on March 2, it was no longer in the facility. A day after the theft was reported on April 11, police arrested a 22-year-old Bronx man and charged him with grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. The Porsche is valued at $60,000.

Lot Loss

At 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, a 56-year-old woman left her suitcase with contents valued at about $5,200 at the entrance to the parking lot located at 245 East 93rd St. It was gone when she went to retrieve the bag 20 minutes later. Besides the black suitcase, the missing items include a watch valued at $2,000, jewelry valued at $3,000, medications and other items. The woman told police she didn’t see anyone take it.

Watch Out

Alert bank personnel saved an area senior from a phone scam. At 9 a.m. on March 28, an East 79th Street resident received a phone call telling her that her grandson was in police custody after he had broken a watch valued at $61,000. The woman, 80, was told to bring that amount to a firm called Avi & Co. at 43 West 47th St., where the watch was being repaired. She went to Chase Bank to withdraw that amount of money when bank personnel told her that the call sounded like a scam. Further investigation revealed that her grandson was not in custody and the story was untrue.

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