by jerry danzig
Man struck, killed on 72nd StreetAn East 72nd Street resident crossing midblock was struck and killed shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6 by a Chevrolet Suburban whose driver remained on scene, police said. Irwin Cohen, 84, was crossing 72nd northbound a few doors from his home when he was struck by the westbound SUV in the left travel lane. Cohen, who was badly hurt, was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital a few blocks away where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. There have been no arrests and police are investigating.
Knife-Wielding Sunglass ThiefA man who threatened employees with a knife took several dozen sunglasses worth a total of more than $13,00 from Sunglass Hut store at 1023 Third Avenue, police said. The man, said to be in his 30s, entered the stored at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, September 3, showed a razor blade or knife and took sunglasses from a display and left the store. The shoplifter was confronted by a passerby, who chased him into the subway, where the alleged shoplifter boarded a Queens-bound N train. He got away with 23 three pairs of Versace sunglasses, five pairs of Guccis, 10 pairs of Burberrys, six pairs of Tory Burch and six pairs of Tom Ford, police said.
Teen Phone Robbers NabbedPolice collared two teenaged cellphone thieves after they snatched a bus rider’s phone from her hands, police said. At 6:14 p.m. on Monday, September 3, five male youths approached a 59-year-old woman riding a Madison Avenue bus and took her phone. They five got off the bus at Madison Avenue and East 92nd Street, but two of them were apprehended by police officers in front of 222 East 93rd St. Shakeur Woods, 19, and another youth, 15, were arrested and charged with grand larceny. Woods was also found to be in possession of another stolen phone.
Jarring EncounterAt 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, a 28-year-old man went to check on his apartment inside 324 East 66th St. while construction was going on in the building. When he got to his apartment he saw that the front door was open, and he found a 38-year-old man in his room removing currency from his change jar. The thief then fled downstairs into a white Ford work van before driving westbound on East 66th Street. Scott Montalbano was later arrested and charged with burglary.