Crime watch

14 Aug 2018 | 11:41

BY JERRY DANZIG

ATTEMPTED MUGGING ON FIRST AVENUE A mugger tried but failed to steal a woman’s phone on First Avenue. At 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, a 28-year-old woman was standing on the northeast corner of First Avenue and 72nd Street when an unknown 25-year-old man crossed the street heading north. As he did so he put his shoulder down and ran into her, knocking her to the ground. He then tried to grab her cellphone while it was on the ground but failed. The victim had scrapes and cuts on her left elbow and a bump on the back of her head.

Hair Salon Break-inA burglar broke into a local hair salon late one night but didn’t score any cash. At 4:10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, an unknown man used a brick to smash a side window of the Bleu Ciel Salon at 1146 Lexington Ave., near 80th Street. Once inside, he knocked the cash register to the floor, grabbed a flat-screen TV from the wall and fled. The store’s manager told police that they kept no cash in the registers overnight.

WATCHES STOLEN FROM HOTEL GUESTSA 34-year-old man told police he met a 30-year-old woman at a local bar in the early morning of August 1 with the two subsequently retreating to the Mark Hotel on East 77th Street, where the man was staying. He placed his $30,000 Patek Philippe watch in the room safe while he went to take a shower. He told police that when he later checked the safe his watch was gone. He confronted his female companion about the watch, but she denied taking it and left the hotel on foot, heading westbound on East 77th Street toward Fifth Avenue.

In a second, similar incident in the early morning of August 4, a 44-year-old man from Australia met two women, one of them around 20 years of age, at a lounge on East 76th Street. The three left the bar and went to the Mark Hotel, where he too was staying, to have drinks in his room. In the room, the 20-year-old woman told the man after he exited the bathroom to snort some white powder. The man did so and immediately felt disoriented and impaired. The man had a friend staying in the room, who showed both women out. A few minutes later the 20-year-old woman said she needed to come back and get something from the room. The man saw her getting close to his valuable watch and told her to leave. She was later seen on surveillance video returning at 4:27 a.m., using the victim’s hotel key card to enter and exit his room several times. When he woke up the following morning he saw that the latch on the room door was open and that his $34,000 Rolex Daytona watch was missing.

Stolen Moped ArrestA young thief removed a moped from the streets recently, and police returned the favor, removing him from the streets as well. At 6 p.m. on Monday, August 6, a 36-year-old man parked his 2013 KYMCO Like 200i in front of 429 East 71st St. The scooter was missing when he went to retrieve it the following morning, police said. A day later, Cristhian Arias Sanchez, age 22, was arrested and charged with grand larceny auto.