Crime Watch


West Side bicyclist hit, killed

A West Side resident was killed last week when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on 11th Avenue, police said.

Josef Mittlemann, 67, a longtime and popular professor of engineering at Brown University who lived on West 42nd Street, was riding south on 11th Avenue and crossed 30th Street against a red light when he was hit by an eastbound 2011 Toyota Prius driven by a 39-year-old man shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, police said.

Mittlemann sustained a severe head injury and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died the following Wednesday morning.

Mittlemann served for time as chief operating officer of Silverstein Properties, the leaseholder of the World Trade Center site.

Cab stolen from gas station

A 26-year-old cab driver reported that his car was stolen from in front of the BP last station at 466 10th Avenue while he was getting coffee on Sunday, December 3, around 4:35 a.m. The driver told police that he left the black Nissan Altima unlocked in front of a pump at the gas station while he went to the nearby Dunkin Donuts to get coffee and when he returned, he saw that the car was gone. He told police that a witness told him that someone got into the car and fled north on 10th Avenue. The victim said that the vehicle is keyless and he was in possession of the key fob when the car was stolen. The Altima is valued at $15,000. The driver told police that a tablet, smartphone and TLC license were also in the car when it was taken.

Woman scammed by fake condo owner

A 23-year-old woman told police that she was scammed by someone who was pretending to be the owner of a condo at 261 West 25th Street. She said that she wired $600 to the person pretending to be the condo’s owner, expecting to sublet the apartment. When she scheduled to meet the suspect on Sunday, October 15, at 8 a.m., she found that the apartment she was expecting to rent was actually occupied and owned by someone else. She reported the incident to police Friday, December 1.

Cab driver dispute on West 22nd

A cab driver reported that another cab driver harassed him while he was picking up a passenger in front of 334 West 22nd Street Friday, December 1, at 2:58 p.m. The victim told police that he honked so that the yellow taxi in front of him would move forward, at which point the other driver reportedly exited his vehicle and shoved the victim’s face by reaching into his driver’s side window. He said that the other driver then got back into his car and fled in an unknown direction.

Packages stolen

A 33-year-old woman reported that her packages were stolen from the lobby of her building at 412 West 25th Street Wednesday, November 29, around 9:30 p.m. She told police that the packages were in the lobby when two unknown people entered the building as guests of another tenant and when they were leaving the building, they took the packages with them. The building manager told police that there is video of the packages being taken.