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Nothing to Sneeze At

A local allergy doctor wasn’t immune to the actions of a bad employee. A 38-year-old Yonkers woman working for an allergy and immunology doctor located at 121 East 60th St. was arrested on Thursday, August 10, and charged with grand larceny, after an investigation found she had used her employer’s business credit card to make unauthorized purchases amounting to $125,000 for her own benefit. Police said she had charged up a storm at businesses including Bloomingdale’s, JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, Marriott Hotels and Louis Vuitton.

Saint’s Sinner

There are thieves, and then there’s the creep taking money from church donation boxes. At 4:33 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, police got a call from St. Vincent Ferrer church at 869 Lexington Ave. alerting them to a man who had been damaging their donation boxes and taking money from them. Police found the man, a 35-year-old repeat offender from the Bronx, around the corner on East 65th Street. He was had envelopes containing cash and checks made out to the church. He was also found to have metal wires with tape on the ends that he used to remove donations from the boxes. He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, possession of burglar’s tools, criminal trespass and other offenses. Apparently, the man had quite a record, having been arrested more than 30 times since 2000, police said.

Philly Phink

A pickpocket didn’t waste much time putting a credit card he had stolen to work. Between 1:45 and 2:24 p.m. Thursday, August 10, a 36-year-old Philadelphia man tried to buy merchandise at Bloomingdale’s using someone else’s credit card. Police arrived and arrested the man, charging him with grand larceny. He had stolen the cards from the wallet of a 32-year-old woman who had been lunching inside Serafina at 33 East 61st St. a little earlier. Stolen and recovered was a Chanel bag he tried to purchase in Bloomie’s valued at $6,000.


A Fresh Direct delivery man was arrested after being caught doing more than delivering. Police nabbed a 24-year-old man from Brooklyn on Thursday, August 10, after determining that he’d been involved in three robberies in the same Upper East Side neighborhood. In the first incident, which took place after Monday, October 10, 2016, a 44-year-old Fresh Direct customer living at 404 East 76th St. discovered that a pair of cufflinks valued at $500 were missing from his bedroom. In the second case, which occurred at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, a 33-year-old nanny inside 300 East 71st St. left her employer’s door unlocked while she went for a walk with their child. When she returned, the door was wide open, a Fresh Direct package was sitting by the door, and jewelry valued at $23,155 was gone. In the most recent incident, which happened sometime after 4:20 p.m. on Monday, July 3, a woman taking her dog for a walk saw an apartment door ajar inside 315 East 69th St. and witnessed a man leaving the apartment. The resident later realized that jewelry valued at $400 was missing.

Lauren Scorin’

It appears that one Ralph Lauren store needs to beef up security. At 3:48 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, a 47-year-old man entered the high-end shop at 867 Madison Ave., taking 20 Purple Label items totaling $9,900 and leaving without paying. Then on the same day at 5:52 p.m. two men entered the same store and took a Lauren handbag valued at $2,950. Police are investigating the two incidents.

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