BY JERRY DANZIG
woman scammed out of $37,000Yet another person was taken in by the all-too-common “relative in trouble” phone scam. At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 20, an 89-year-old East 62nd Street resident received a call from a man later found to be impersonating her grandson, saying he was in legal trouble in Florida. Soon another man impersonating a lawyer called, requesting cash payments to be distributed in person to three different men in the amounts of $15,000, $12,200, and $19,000. The victim was also requested to mail an additional $4,800 to an address in Florida but apparently discovered that she was being scammed and recovered the cash before mailing it. The total she wound up losing was $37,300.
Church BurglarOne local burglar might anticipate a fiery afterlife. At 5:19 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, an administrator at a church located at 111 East 87th St. had a bag in his office containing approximately $1,900. When he next checked his bag he noticed that its contents were misplaced and $1,500 was missing. He reviewed his office surveillance footage and saw a man in his mid-50s enter the church through a front door, go into the office and then leave, placing the money in his wallet. The victim told police that the intruder was not known to church personnel.
alleged muggers arrestedPolice nabbed two suspected muggers following an early morning incident on Friday, July 27. A 37-year-old woman told police she was waiting for a taxi in front of 1020 Lexington Ave. when two women — one aged 27, the other 38 — attacked her and grabbed her Chanel purse and also trying to steal her Rolex watch. The victim followed one of the woman, who had run off with the purse and fled in another taxi. The victim waved down pedestrians and the taxi driver to alert them that she’d just been robbed and requesting them to stop the vehicle. She then managed to grab her purse back, who squirted pepper spray in her face. The victim refused medical attention at the scene, and the two bad girls were arrested and charged with robbery. The women’s names were not released.
Missing MotorcycleAt 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, a 39-year-old woman parked her 2010 BMW G650 GS opposite 305 East 84th St. It was gone when she returned about 12 hours later. She searched the neighborhood but couldn’t find her ride. She told police that she had not put locks on the vehicle, which is valued at $7,000.