Police Blotter, week of Oct. 1, 2015

Assault at The Door

A 23-year-old man was followed, assaulted and then had his phone stolen by a fellow member of his youth center, police say.

The man had just left The Door, a Hudson Square center at 555 Broome St., on Wed., Sept. 23 at 5:10 p.m. After he started walking, he realized that three men, also from The Door, were following him. He ducked into Argo Electronics at 391 Canal St. to try to hide, but the three men followed him in.

One of the three, who is 28, brandished a knife, and then punched the victim in the face and kicked him in the leg, police say. He then stole the victim’s $150 LG cellphone, police say, and fled the scene with his friends.

 

Bike thief dismantles scaffolding

Two Biria bikes, valued at $1,800, were stolen by a thief who unscrewed bars attached to scaffolding to get at them, police say.

A Tribeca woman, 28, thought she had secured the two bikes when she locked them to scaffolding in front of 395 Broadway on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 11 p.m., police say. She underestimated the resourcefulness of the thief, who proceeded to unscrew the metal bars attached to the scaffolding to free the bikes and take off with them. When the woman came back the next day at 8 a.m., the bikes were gone, police say.

 

Citi Bike lurker

After an Ohio tourist changed his mind about using a Citi Bike, a thief swooped in and used the tourist’s code to take a bike out, police say.

On Sat., Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m., the man, 50, told police that as he entered his code to get out a bike at the station at Chambers and West Sts. in Battery Park City, someone watched him. He then decided to walk instead of ride. Someone then used his code to grab the $1,200 bike after he left, police say.

 

Makeup heist

Three men working together stole $1,755 worth of makeup from a Soho Duane Reade last weekend — and were caught, police say.

Police say the three men went into the store at 459 Broadway on Sat., Sept. 26 at 9:40 p.m. to grab the makeup and were then arrested. All the makeup, which included 80 items, was recovered, according to police.

 

Distraction ploy

Two Soho shoplifters used the “distract the employee” strategy to make off with $3,070 worth of clothing last weekend, police say.

A female employee, 21, told police that the two men came into the high-end male and female boutique International Playground at 463 Broome St. on Sun., Sept. 27 at 12:20 p.m. The men proceeded to ask her for a different jacket size and when she went upstairs to get it, the thieves swiped two black leather jackets and three sweaters, police say. When the employee came back, they were gone.

 

Stolen camera

A Seaport resident isn’t really sure how his expensive camera and lens — worth $2,000 — were stolen from his car.

The man, 27, told police that he parked his 2002 black Jeep Wrangler on Sun., Sept. 20 at noon at 247 Water St. When he returned the next day at 8 a.m., his Canon camera and four Nikon lens were gone. He told police he is unsure if he left the car unlocked or if left the pricey equipment on top of the Jeep.

— DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC

 

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