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Sweet Score

Police are looking for a burglar who scooped up a pile of cash at a local ice cream parlor. Early on Saturday morning, January 6, a man entered a basement shared with a residential building at 1707 Second Avenue and broke into the office of the ice cream parlor and bar. He then took $4,500 in cash from an open safe and left the way he had come in.

Taxi Drivers Robbed

Two taxi drivers were victimized by three perpetrators on the same day recently, police said. At 8:20 p.m. on Friday, January 5, three passengers got into a taxi driven by a 30-year-old woman at the northwest corner of Park Avenue and 66th Street. One of the passengers sat next to the driver in the front seat. That man then grabbed her bag, which held $630, credit cards and other items. All three men then leaped out of the cab and fled on Park Avenue. The driver followed them until one displayed a knife and the driver backed off.

On the same day at 9:30 p.m., a 59-year-old male taxi driver picked up three teenaged males on West 46th Street and Broadway, and again one of the passengers sat in the front seat. In this case the passenger up front took the driver’s belongings, including eyeglasses, keys, a flashlight, and a bag before the three jumped out at Madison Avenue and 72nd Street. Detectives at the 19th precinct are investigating whether the same three perpetrators were responsible for both incidents.

Stolen Package

Chalk it up to fate that a package thief didn’t get the rich score he was hoping for. Between the hours of 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 5, someone took an Amazon package belonging to a 33-year-old male resident from the lobby inside 211 East 89th Street. As it turned out, the package contained a chalkboard valued at $20.

Seller’s Remorse

A craigslist scam claimed another victim. At 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, a 33-year-old man met an individual at the southwest corner of East 89th Street and Second Avenue who had answered his ad in craigslist for two iPhone 7s cellphones. The seller handed over the two iPhones valued at $800, only to discover later that the eight $100 bills the buyer had given him were all counterfeit.

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