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93-Year-Old Woman Mugged

Yet another senior became the victim of a violent mugging. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, a 93-year-old woman was on East 66th Street near Third Avenue when a man, said to be in his 20s, came up and snatched her purse, causing her to fall. She told police that she fell back, hurting her left arm and her head. A witness, who heard the woman’s cries for help, told police she saw the assailant running eastbound on 66th Street. The items stolen included a brown purse, various credit cards, a New York State driver’s license and $7.

Shoplifter Arrested

At 12:19 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, a 49-year-old male employee inside the CVS store at 1660 Second Ave. saw man removing about $200 cosmetics from a store shelf and putting them in a bag, police said. The employee approached the man, and took the bag. The man, later identified as Jorge Agosto, 36, grabbed in an attempt to take back the bag. A struggle ensued, and an additional witness, a 23-year-old woman, told police that an unidentified third person helped the employee during the fracas. Officers arrived and arrested Agosto, 36, on robbery charges, police said. Agosto was also found to be in possession of a kitchen knife.

Cleaners Cleaned Out

A repeat offender injured a store manager during a recent robbery. At 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, a 64-year-old manager of the Ace Cleaners store at 221 East 83rd St. recognized a 28-year-old man from a prior incident in the store and told him to leave. The manager told the man he was going to call the police, when the intruder took the manager’s phone and threw it on the ground. The pair then started wrestling, with the man then pushing the manager toward the back of the store. The manager told police he heard the cash register being opened, and after the perpetrator had fled the store, heading toward Third Avenue, the manager discovered that $200 in cash was missing from the register. The manager was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital for treatment, and police were unable to locate the robber in the neighborhood.

Late-Night Mugging

At 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, a 25-year-old man was talking on his cellphone on First Avenue near 75th Street a stranger pressed an unknown object into the victim’s back and said, “Give me your wallet.” The man complied and the mugger, removed $20 in cash, but put the wallet back in the victim’s pocket, the man told police. The mugger then told the victim to look forward before running southbound on First Avenue and onto 74th Street.

Grandson Arrest Scam

Police urge the public to check with a friend or relative first before paying money if a third party calls and claims that the friend or relative requires assistance. A 68-year-old male resident of the Upper Eastside told police that at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, unknown individuals called him on the phone, claiming to be bail bondsmen and lawyers for his grandson, who allegedly was being held for a driving-while-intoxicated incident in New Jersey. The callers told the man they needed him to send $5,200 to get his grandson bailed out of jail. The man complied with their instructions and sent the money via a bank transfer. The victim later spoke to his grandson, found that he hadn’t been arrested, and realized that the callers’ story was all a scam.

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