Crime watch

Oct 08 2018 | 05:24 AM

BY JERRY DANZIG

Mugger ThwartedA young woman fended off a would-be mugger on Third Avenue between East 63rd and 64th Streets in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 27. The 21-year-old told police she was walking on the east side of Third about 12:20 a.m. when a man about 20 confronted her and demanded her wallet. She tried to escape him but he grabbed her around the neck and held her. She then started to scream and kick the man, who let her go and then fled north on Third, according to what she told police.

Motorcyclist vs. PedestrianA pedestrian had an unfortunate close encounter with a motorcycle. At 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, a 32-year-old man was waiting to cross the street in the crosswalk at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and East 65th Street when a passing motorcyclist struck him on the side of his head with his elbow. The pedestrian fell to the pavement and suffered a cut to his right ear. The motorcyclist did not stop and continued south on Second Avenue, he told police.

Rotten AppleAn Apple Store employee was arrested on suspicion of theft after store representatives realized five boxes of new and refurbished iPhones from the Apple Store at 940 Madison Ave. were missing. The employee, Javier Matos, was arrested Friday, September 28, and charged with grand larceny, police said. Police said that between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10 Mattos, 23, is suspected of having working with others to take the boxes, which contained phones valued at $80,000.

bRIEFCASE TAKENAt 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, a 50-year-old man stepped away from his black 2017 BMW parked in front of 815 Madison Ave. for 30 minutes. When he came back he saw that the briefcase he had left on the passenger seat was missing. He told to police that he had left the car unlocked. In addition to the briefcase, an Apple MacBook, $200 and some personal items, including ATM and credit cards, were also missing.

Chanel ChagrinBetween 3:00 and 3:15 a.m. on Friday, September 28, a 55-year-old woman had her expensive bag and its contents taken from inside the Bar and Books cigar bar at 1020 Lexington Ave. In addition to the bag, a Chanel valued at $10,000, the woman was missing an iPhone and other items.