The following information was supplied by the 78th Precinct of the NYPD. It does not indicate a conviction.
Violent Mugging on Eighth Ave.
Two robbers beat a man up on Eighth Avenue for his cell phone and wallet on Aug. 13.
The 45-year-old victim told police that he was walking along Eighth Avenue, between Second and Third streets, at around 9:45 p.m. when two men grabbed him by the throat, put him in a choke hold and threw him to the ground. The crooks — who the victim described as black men both weighing 180 lbs., while one was 6-foot with short hair and the other was 5-foot-8 with an afro — forcibly removed the man’s BlackBerry from his hands and his wallet from his pocket. The crooks got away with two debit cards, two credit cards, his driver’s license and $5 in cash.
Bar Stool Bag Heist
A slick thief snatched a woman’s bag off the back of her chair while she was at a Fifth Avenue bar and got away with her cell phone on Aug. 14.
The 25-year-old victim told police that she was at Bar Reis, between Fifth and Sixth streets, when she put her bag on the back of her chair at around 1:40 a.m. Twenty minutes later, at 2 a.m., her bag was gone. The crook got away with her iPhone, $60 cash, credit cards and a NYS learner’s permit.
Smash and Grab on Seventh Street
A thief broke into a car parked on Seventh Street and stole $5,000 in golf clubs and electronics between Aug. 14 and 15.
The 31-year-old victim told police that he came back from vacation and parked his Ford Explorer between Third and Fourth avenues at around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 and left all of his stuff in the car. When he came back to his car the next day, at around 6 p.m., he found that someone had smashed his back right window and stole Ping and Titleist golf clubs, a Nikon camera, a laptop, a circular saw, golf balls and a diaper bag. The crook made off with $5,050 worth of goods.
Police arrested a 27-year-old man for stealing a woman’s iPhone, debit card and identification on Fourth Avenue on Aug. 15.
The 23-year-old victim told police that she was walking along Fourth Avenue, but as she got to the corner of Butler Street at around 8:30 a.m. a crook rode up to her on his bike, snatched her iPhone, debit card and driver’s license and raced away on two wheels. Police arrested him shortly after the mugging.
A 46-year-old man was arrested for entering a Garfield Place apartment building illegally and stealing $130 worth of goods from the hallway on Aug. 15.
The two victims, a 39-year-old woman and a 79-year-old man, told police that the crook rang the building’s bell, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, and used deception to get in at around 12:23 p.m. Once inside the building’s hallway, he stole a red shopping cart filled with baby wipes and diapers. After police arrested the man, the victim’s property was returned.