Crime Watch

| 03 Jun 2022 | 11:47

    Man Punches Uber Driver

    A 64-year-old Uber driver from Hackensack, NJ told police that at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, he was sitting in his vehicle at the southwest corner of Tenth Ave. and West 24th St. when a man approached and punched him with a closed fist on the left side of his face, causing redness and pain. The suspect then fled in another vehicle. The police report did not explain what had led to the assault.

    Unauthorized Debit Card Transactions

    Police reported that a 21-year-old woman from Queens was attending school at the Fashion Institute of Technology when she was notified by Citibank of suspicious activity in her savings account during the period between midnight, Saturday, December 18, 2021, and 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2022. A number of transactions took place at different locations, and the victim said she had made none of them. She said she had last seen and used her debit card on December 18 at the Citibank location at 22 West 32nd St. near Fifth Ave. The total stolen came to $5,794.

    Local Apartment Burglarized

    According to police, officers responded to a radio report of a residential burglary at 404 West 22nd St. at Ninth Ave. There officers encountered five victims – male residents of the apartment ages 22 and 23. The victims said they had been out from 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, to 1 a.m. the following morning. When they got home they found the apartment had been ransacked and property was missing. The basement door had been kicked in, and video later revealed two male suspects fleeing southbound on Ninth Ave. The items stolen included four ThinkPads, articles of clothing, two sleeping bags, a Dell laptop, a Microsoft Surface laptop, a pair of Apple AirPods, Bose headphones, Beats headphones and more, totaling $10,850.

    E-Bike Theft Suspect Arrested

    A 58-year-old man from Queens said that at 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, he left his Fiido e-bike in front of 270 West 17th St. near Eighth Ave. while he made a delivery inside the building. When he returned to the street he found his two-wheeler was missing. With the victim’s cooperation police were able to track and locate the bike, and Darnell Ellis, 41, was arrested and charged with grand larceny. The suspect was also found in possession of an imitation pistol in his front waist band, which he explained, saying, “To make it seem like I have a gun.” The bike stolen and recovered was valued at $1,600.

    Amazon Packages Stolen from Hand Cart

    A 21-year-old male employee of Amazon said that at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27, he was making deliveries to 446 West 26th St. near Tenth Ave. and left his hand cart loaded with packages unattended in front of the building. When he returned to the street fifteen minutes later he found that 50 packages were missing, totaling $2,868.