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Package Thief Sent Packing

The boom in Internet shopping has led to a boom in package thefts, and police are determined to stop it. At 10:24 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, a plainclothes officer observed a man in his 50s taking packages from the lobby of a building on East 90th Street. The officer moved in and determined that the man was indeed taking the packages without permission. The individual was arrested on a charge of burglary. All of the packages were all recovered.

Armed and Disturbed

Police arrested a troubled individual on a charge of weapons possession. At 6:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, police responded to an EMS call about a 24-year-old man in emotional distress, who refused to leave a location at 69th Street and Third Avenue. Police were forced to handcuff the man to remove him to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. As they did, they discovered that he had both a pellet gun and a Taser in his pocket.

Powered Down

A career criminal was nabbed by police after a recent burglary. At 3:07 a.m. on Monday, February 26, a security guard inside Hunter College at 921 Lexington Avenue saw a man forcing his way into the premises through a window. He called police, and officers responded to the call, collaring a man in his mid-fifties who had a record of over 50 prior arrests. The property stolen and recovered were a number of power tools of unspecified value.


For some strange reason, handbags costing more than a month’s rent continue to lure shoplifters. At 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, a 25-year-old man entered the Barneys store at 660 Madison Avenue and attempted to leave the premises with two Goyard handbags totaling $6,225 without paying for the items. Security personnel stopped the man, but an accomplice got away. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Camo Crook

It is highly unlikely that most stores would offer a job to a known shoplifter. At 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, a man in a camouflage jacket walked into the Lanvin store at 815 Madison Avenue, took a bag valued at $1,595 off a shelf, and concealed it in his coat. He also asked store personnel about possible job openings. He then left the store without paying for the bag, and police ask for the public’s help in locating the individual.

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