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Bank Robber Arrested

A sharp-eyed police officer brought about the arrest of a bank robber. Shortly before noon on Tuesday, October 10, an officer assigned to the 19th Precinct on duty at the southwest corner of Third Avenue and East 88th Street recognized a man wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of the Bank of America at 1143 Lexington Avenue on September 25. The officer called in her sighting, and Charles Kurman, 46, was arrested shortly afterward and charged with robbery, possession of stolen property and petit larceny.


One benefit of self-driving cars could conceivably be fewer DUI accidents. At 12:50 a.m. on Friday, November 3, a male motorist had pulled over at the northeast corner of Park Avenue and East 71st Street waiting for a passenger, when a woman driving a white 2004 Toyota Matrix pulled out of a parking space and backed into the waiting motorist’s car, according to a police account. The woman then drove away, but the male motorist caught up to her. Police soon arrived, and the woman, identified only as being in her mid-50s was discovered to be unsteady on her feet, talking with slurred speech, and giving off the smell of alcohol on her breath. She claimed that her car had never hit the other vehicle, but she was arrested nonetheless for driving under the influence.

Good Samaritan Does Good

A Good Samaritan aided police in apprehending a young cell phone thief. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, a woman walking her dog on Park Avenue in the East 90s when a 15-year-old boy screamed at her and took her phone. The youth took off on foot, but a man chased the boy down and held him until police arrived. The boy was arrested on charges of grand larceny, and the woman’s iPhone 6, valued at $200, was recovered.


Police remind the public that Con Edison NEVER requests payment in the form of MoneyPaks. On Monday, October 23 and the next day, a business located on Third Avenue between East 75th and 76 Streets received four phone calls from someone claiming to represent Con Edison, stating that the business owed payment for three months of electricity and if they didn’t pay up immediately their power would be shut off. The caller instructed them to remit four MoneyPak cards totaling $1,683.36, and the business complied before realizing they had been scammed.

Nailed Salon

Burglars struck a neighborhood nail salon. Sometime between 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24 and 8 a.m. the following morning, burglars entered the Imagine 94 nail salon at 328 East 94th St. and made off with $300 in cash, a cash register valued at $300, and manicure and pedicure implements worth $300. Employees of the business found the store’s front door open in the morning and told police that it had definitely been locked the night before.

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