Police Blotter, Week of Jan. 10, 2019 (The Villager)

A surveillance camera video of the thief who broke into the Prince St. Apple store and made off with more than $70,000 in tech gear. Courtesy N.Y.P.D.


Apple big bite

Police are still searching for a man who allegedly busted open a window at the Apple store at 103 Prince St. and stole nearly $74,000 in Apple products on Wed., Jan. 2 around 1 a.m.

A 911 caller reported in the dead of night that a man broke in through the window and crawled through to take various iPads and iPhones, stuffing them into a black plastic garbage bag, according to the police report.

The Apple store’s alarm apparently failed to go off, and two rocks were found at the the scene.

The window-busting thief was described as a white man, around 35 years old, and was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, black shoes, gloves and a hat.


Canal crew

A 27-year-old man was walking on Canal St. toward the J train when four men allegedly snuck up from behind and struck him in the face around 1:30 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 3. The quartet of muggers surrounded the victim, and one demanded, “Give me everything you have,” according to police.

He gave the perps his cellphone and a Casio watch and ducked into a deli on Canal.

The four suspects — whom the man described as two black and two Hispanic men — fled in an unknown direction.


New Year, new jacket

On New Year’s Day around noon, a man reportedly walked into luxury boutique Moncler at 99 Prince St., put on a $2,780 jacket over his own, and exited the store. He was described as black, 5-feet-10-inches tall, and around 170 pounds, according to the report. He was last seen wearing black jeans and sneakers and a green sweatshirt the day of the alleged shoplifting.


Mitsubishi flee

Police said a man stole more than $5,000 worth of clothes from boutique shop MCM, at 100 Greene St., on New Year’s Eve just before noon. The suspect, described as black, between 30 and 40 years old, grabbed garments near the front door and fled on Spring St. in a 2018 black Mitsubishi Outlander with New Jersey license plate number D34JAJ. Video footage caught him driving toward Brooklyn on the Manhattan Bridge, according to police. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, jeans and coat.



New Year’s punch

Police arrested Robert Monteforte, 21, for allegedly punching a 22-year-old man in the face in the Village just after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve. Police said the victim was out partying in the West Village and was at the southwest corner of Washington and Little W. 12th Sts. when the attack happened. It’s unclear if the two men knew each other.


Stolen Honda 

Police said they arrested three men and three women in a reportedly stolen white 2017 Honda Accord at 410 W. 14th St. On the evening of Sun., Jan. 6, police observed someone inside the parked and running car. When they searched the vehicle’s plates, they found that Jersey City police had reported it stolen.

Cops arrested all six people in the car, including men in their early 20s and a 54-year-old woman. The district attorney’s office declined to prosecute them, pending further investigation.


Crotch shots

Police arrested Catherine Limole, 52, on Wed., Jan. 2, for allegedly kicking her boyfriend in the groin back in mid-December at their apartment at 27 W. 11th St. Her boyfriend, 80, reported that Limole had annoyed and harassed him by talking loudly while he was sleeping, which sparked an argument on Sun., Dec. 16, around 1:20 a.m. Limole then pushed the man and kicked him in the groin two times, according to the police report. The boyfriend obtained a protection order against the woman. Police said a similar incident had happened to him previously.


iPhone 6

A man stole six iPhones from five women and a sixth unknown person inside the Jane Hotel nightclub at 113 Jane St. around 1:30 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 1, according to police. After one of the women told hotel staff that her phone was stolen, security tracked down the alleged thief, Evan Dawson, 29, and reportedly found the woman’s property inside his jacket along with five other cellphones.



Serial groper

Police arrested Ra’Shaun Kelley, 35, after tying him to a string of at least five assaults or attempted rapes in late 2014 and early 2015.

Kelley, who the New York Post reported was a Park Ave. lawyer by day, was arrested for alleged burglary, sex abuse and attempted rape last Fri., Jan. 4.

Police said that on Dec. 16, 2014, Kelley grabbed a 19-year-old woman’s butt and breasts from behind and tried to kiss her while she was walking into the elevator at an apartment building near the F.D.R. Drive in the East Village. The teen fought back and fled the elevator and the building. The groping perv then grabbed the woman’s butt again before he ultimately fled.

A day later on Dec. 17, 2014, Kelley followed a 20-year-old woman into her apartment in the 30th Precinct in Upper Manhattan and grabbed her back and butt while covering her mouth.

In the Fifth Precinct, on the Lower East Side, a 31-year-old woman was entering her apartment building when Kelley grabbed her waist and pulled her pants down on Wed., Jan. 14, 2015. She yelled out, and Kelley allegedly pushed her and ran off.

Kelley is a suspect in two other incidents, according to the Post. In one, a 25-year-old woman was groped in the Ninth Precinct on Dec. 9, 2014, around 6:30 a.m. A second incident for which Kelley is a suspect was when a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted after a man followed her into her apartment building on E. Sixth St., on Sun., Dec. 28, 2014. The woman was injured and transported to Beth Israel Hospital in stable condition at the time, according to police.

The string of incidents were connected to the East Flatbush resident after a Police Department Special Victims Squad investigation, according to the Post.

Sydney Pereira

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