The following information was supplied by the 78th Precinct of the NYPD. It does not indicate a conviction.
Houdini Style Burglary
A burglar stole over $1,000 in electronics, cash, and jewelry from a 12th Street apartment on Jan. 7.
The 31-year-old victim told police that he locked all of his doors and windows and left his apartment, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, and went to work at around 8:20 a.m. and didn’t come back until 8:15 p.m. When he returned, he found multiple drawers in his bedroom open and a few electronics, jewelry, and a wad of cash missing.
The burglar, who left no obvious breaking points, got away with two iPods, 17 pieces of assorted jewelry, $500 in cash, and €350 (Euros). The victim told cops that multiple family members and friends have keys to his apartment. Neighbors told cops that they did not hear anything.
Parking Lot Larceny
A thief broke into a van parked at a hardware store on Second Avenue and stole a backpack, a driver’s license, and three credit cards on Jan. 8.
The 43-year-old victim told police that he parked his white van in Lowe’s parking lot, near 10th Street, at around 9 a.m. and locked all the doors, but left the passenger-side window open a crack. When he returned 20 minutes later, he found that the window was open all the way and that his backpack was missing from the front seat. The crook got away with his bag, driver’s license, and three credit cards.
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The Tortilla Chip Crook
Police arrested a 55-year-old man for stealing two boxes of tortilla chips from a delivery truck parked on Flatbush Avenue on Jan. 9.
The 22-year-old victim, who was driving a Frito-Lay truck, told police that he parked on Flatbush, between Sterling and Park places, at around 3:25 p.m. After he left the truck, the crook opened the back door and stole two boxes of Tostitos tortilla chips, worth a total of merely $55. The crook then brought them to a nearby store and asked the owner to hold on to them. Cops arrested the robber shortly after the heist.
A thief stole a woman’s credit card from her purse at the Park Slope Women's Shelter on Eighth Avenue and made over $200 in fraudulent charges on Dec. 3.
The 50-year-old victim told police that her credit card was in her purse while at the women’s shelter in the Park Slope Armory, between 14th and 15th streets, but at around 4 p.m. she realized it was gone. Later on, she was notified that someone had swiped it multiple times for a total of $205 without her permission.