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Arrest in Purse Snatching

A purse snatcher was arrested recently for a robbery he committed over the holidays. At 12:30 a.m. on December 15, a 23-year-old woman about to enter her East 92nd Street building, she was accosted by a man who grabbed her purse. The woman struggled with the thief when another man grabbed the bag and fled. The items stolen included a purse valued at $40, a debit card, a pair of Beats headphones valued at $300, $180 in cash, and makeup, adding up to a total theft of $520. Police, though, eventually caught January 23 arrested a 19-year-old Manhattan man on robbery charges.

Package Thief Picked Up

Vigilance paid off for police looking for a package thief. At 1:20 p.m. on January 30, a plainclothes officer observed a 28-year-old man trying to enter numerous buildings on East 85th Street. The man finally got into one building, where he took a FedEx package. The officer approached the man, but the thief resisted arrest. Once the thief, whom police did not further identify, had been subdued, he was found to be in possession of a box cutter and was charged with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest. The package was recovered and delivered to its rightful owner, a 69-year-old woman living in the building.

“Armed” Robbery

A senior citizen survived a frightening incident only a block away from the 19th Precinct station house. At 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, a 71-year-old woman from Connecticut was walking by 116 East 68th Street when a man approached and put his arms around her to restrain her before jamming his hand into her jacket pocket, grabbing her iPhone 7S and $17 in cash before fleeing East to Lexington Avenue. Cops are still searching for the bad guy and welcome leads from the public.

CellPhone Grab

At 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, a 72-year-old woman was talking on her cellphone outside Lenox Hill Hospital at 100 East 77th Street when two men in their early 20s grabbed her phone and escaped into the Lexington subway station on East 77th Street. The woman was not injured, but she lost her phone valued at $750.

Library Loss

Libraries are generally tranquil places, but they’re hardly crime-free. At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 26, a 70-year-old man left his laptop unattended inside the New York Public Library at 112 East 96th Street while he used the restroom. When he returned about 10 minutes later his HP laptop, worth about $300, was missing.

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