Police Blotter, week of July 24, 2014

Trio attacks teen girl

A 15–year-old girl walking in FiDi was beaten by three adults who tried to take her iPhone Thursday night at 11 p.m., police say.

Police say the teen, a Bronx resident, was on the southeast corner of Battery Pl and Greenwich St., July 17 when two women and one man came up from behind and started punching her in the head. Her lip was cut and one side of her face was badly bruised, according to police. The three took her iPhone 4, but police were able to recover the phone and made three arrests. The female suspects are 20 and 25 and the man is 20.


Car stolen

There may be something to the old saw about a red car attracting thieves. Police say a 15-year-old red car — a two-door 1999 Pontiac Grand AM — parked at the southeast corner of South St and Old Slip Sun., July 20 at 3 p.m., was stolen sometime before 6 p.m., when the owner, a Staten Island man, returned to his parking spot.


Haircut gone bad

A shouting match at a hair salon turned violent Friday when a customer threw a curling iron stand at an employee, police say.

The employee’s knee was cut and the customer, 26, was arrested after the incident, which occurred at 3:20 p.m., July 18 at the salon at 24 Beaver St.  

Favi Ramirez, manager of the salon, said the customer who was wearing a Post Office uniform “flipped out” in the middle of a wash and set procedure because she thought her hair was being criticized.

“Stuff like that never ever happens at my salon,” she added. 


Case of the  missing food cart 

Police say a $30,000 food cart was stolen near the South Street Seaport at 5:30 a.m.on Tues., July 15. The food vendor, who gets his cart delivered by Brooklyn Bridge Pushcart, Inc.,  told police there was no cart at Water and John Sts. at 5:30, but the food company said it had dropped off the cart at about that time.



Three pickpocket crimes were reported to the First Precinct over the last week. In one incident, a 77-year-old Battery Park City man lost $600 cash while shopping at a Duane Reade near his FiDi office. The man was at the store at 130 William St at 1:30 p.m. Tues., July 15, when he suspects a man about 20 years old lifted his wallet. The victim lost his ID cards in addition to the money.

In a separate incident, a 26-year-old woman also lost $600 in cash while walking in Soho on Sat, July 19 at about 7:30 p.m. The woman had been  shopping in a few stores around Spring St. and Broadway. She is sure she had her bag fastened shut but at some point she realized it had been opened and her wallet was gone. The woman remember her headphones coming off her head and readjusting them, but she is not sure if that’s when the theft occurred.

The third crime in all likelihood happened on a Brooklyn subway train but it was reported at the Downtown precinct. A 59-year-old man who works for the city was on his way to work  around 8:30 a.m. Wed., July 16.  After he switched from the No. 2 train to the 4 at Nevins St., he recalled a man bumping into him in the crowded train. It wasn’t until he was riding into the Bowling Green station that the victim noticed his wallet was no longer in his back pocket


Short & shifty

Three women, all 5’3”, went on a panty raid at Victoria’s Secret in Soho last Friday afternoon and made off with 30 items worth $1,900. Police say the shoplifters removed the lingerie from the 591 Broadway store just before 6 p.m. July 18. If the ladies were looking to wear their stash, two could probably share, since police say they are both about 115 pounds, but the other 5’ 3’’suspect weighs 150. Police did not identify the stolen items.



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