Crime Watch

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  • Tony Webster, via flickr



At 1:20 a.m. on Friday, August 18, a 30-year-old woman from lower Manhattan was relaxing with friends inside Dorrian’s Red Hand at 1616 Second Ave., when she put her bag down on a table or chair — she told police she couldn’t remember which. At a certain point one of her friends alerted her, “Someone’s taking your bag!” The thief, a man about 20 years old, fled the location on foot. Along with her Kate Spade bag and wallet, the woman lost an iPhone, makeup and a makeup case, a driver’s license, passport, and other items with a total value of $3,160.


Yet another area senior became a victim of the dreaded “your relative needs help” phone scam. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, a 95-year-old woman living on East 63rd Street received a phone call claiming that her nephew was in trouble. She was told that she needed to send $2,000 immediately to rescue him, and instructed to send the money via a Western Union Money Gram, which she did. Sure enough, she later discovered that her nephew was fine and had not been in trouble of any kind.

Looking for Dough

Two York Avenue eateries were burglarized the same night, probably by the same individuals. Sometime after midnight on Wednesday, August 23, unknown perpetrators broke a lock and damaged a door to enter Salvos Pizza Bar at 1477 York Ave. The burglars stole a cash register worth $200, along with the $150 cash in the register.

That same night sometime after 1:20 a.m., someone compromised the lock of Bagels & Co. at 1428 York Ave. and removed two cash registers from the premises. Those registers were found later badly damaged on East 76th Street. The registers had contained no cash but were valued at $500 each.

Going to the Chappelle

A plainclothes officer took down a craigslist ticket scammer. At 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, an undercover officer met a 19-year-old man from the Bronx who had advertised four tickets to the Dave Chappelle show at Radio City Music Hall for $640. The tickets were confirmed to be fraudulent, and the young man was arrested inside the Dunkin’ Donuts store at 1703 Third Avenue and charged with possession of forged instruments and fraudulent accosting.

Parking Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Finding a parking space can be tough, but getting arrested for using a fraudulent parking permit will definitely be tougher. At 9:35 a.m. on Friday, August 25, a 27-year-old man from the Upper East Side was arrested after it was discovered that he was using a forged FDNY parking permit. He was charged with possession of a forged instrument, which he claimed he had found.

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