BY JERRY DANZIG
$4,000 taken from boyAn aggressive solicitation incident escalated to grand larceny. At 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, a 13-year-old boy was approached by a 30-year-old man in front of 1000 Fifth Ave. The man asked the boy, “Will you buy candy for my school’s sports team?” The boy declined and began to walk away. The man then said, “I will follow you. Buy some candy; don’t make me mad.” The boy, who told police he felt scared, took out his wallet to give the man some money. While his wallet was open the man reached in and took about $200. Two other men, also about 30, then approached the boy, also imploring him to buy candy. One of the men took cash despite the fact that the boy said, “No, no, no!” In all the three solicitors got away with $4,000 in cash.
Sanitation Worker AssaultedAt 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, a 38-year-old male motorist followed a garbage truck driven by a 41-year-old man to the southeast corner of Second Avenue and East 86th Street. The motorist claimed that the garbage man had caused damage to his vehicle when the sanitation worker was throwing garbage into the back of the truck. The motorist, later identified as Jason Gonzalez, then punched the garbage man, according to the police account. Gonzalez was later arrested and charged with assault.
Intoxicated Driver ArrestedAt 2:23 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, police officers responding to a radio call found a 29-year-old man in a black 2012 Jeep Cherokee at the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and East 84th Street. The motorist was behind the wheel of his car with the engine on and the keys in the ignition. An FDNY team arrived on the scene and broke the car’s window to remove the driver from the car. Then police officers found a syringe needle at the bottom of the driver’s seat. The arresting officer determined that the motorist has been driving while intoxicated, although the motorist refused to take a test. Daniel C. Casaletto was arrested and charged with DWI.
Hoagie Shop HeistSometime between the hours of 11 p.m. on Monday, July 16, and 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, an unknown person entered the restaurant Hoagies Heros at 1650 Third Ave. through the front door, causing damage to the lock. The perpetrator then removed property and left the premises. The manager told police he suspected an ex-employee who had been terminated the previous Saturday. The items stolen included 15 sodas worth $15 and $506.
Motorcycle StolenAt 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, a 26-year-old man parked his motorcycle in front of 420 E. 71st Street. When he came back the following day at 10 p.m., his 2017 Yamaha R3 was missing. A search of the neighborhood turned up nothing. The bike is valued at $7,000.