Crime Report: Burglaries on 5th Street, a Purse-Snatcher Snagged, and Much More


Here’s The Local’s latest installment of “Police And Thieves,” your weekly roundup of crime. What follows are the latest reports from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27, sorted by the type of incident. Our map of all of crime since Jan. 15 is at bottom.


    • As previously reported, a pair of thieves robbed a woman at gunpoint on Feb. 22.
    • Two witnesses collared a purse-snatcher after a chase into the subway on Feb. 24. The 25-year-old victim told the police she was at First Avenue and East 10th Street at around 12:15 a.m. when the suspect ran up from behind and tried to grab her purse. When the victim resisted the thief pushed her, ripped the purse from her hand and took off towards the First Avenue L train. As two witnesses gave chase the suspect tossed the purse. The pair then detained the suspect in the subway station until the police arrived. The police said that the suspect had seven prior arrests, including two robberies.
    • This guy isn’t much of a pal. A 19-year-old told the police she was chatting with her “friend” in the 10th floor stairwell of the Jacob Riis Houses at around 1 a.m. when he grabbed her bag that she had set down on the floor. The victim gave chase, and on the seventh floor the suspect dropped what appeared to be the receiver of a 9-millimeter Smith and Wesson.
    • A man’s wallet was stolen from Phoenix on Feb. 18. The 22-year-old victim told the police he set his coat down on the floor of the bar on East 13th Street at around 1 a.m. By 9:30 a.m. the next day the thief had made a whopping $8,000 in charges on his account.
    • A team of burglars ripped off the INA consignment shop on Feb. 20. An employee told the police four women and one guy walked into the store on Bleecker Street at around 3:10 p.m. and then fanned out. The employee noticed some purses missing and said, “Where are the Louis Vuitton bags?” That’s when the quintet took off running.
    • A man’s wallet vanished from his pocket on Feb. 21. The 26-year-old victim said he put his wallet in his pocket on First Avenue near East 13th Street and began walking home. When he arrived his wallet was missing — and an hour later someone had taken $100 out of an ATM machine using his card.
    • Someone broke into the trunk of a car parked on East Second Street on Feb. 19. The 43-year-old driver said he noticed items were missing from his car parked near Bowery at around 9:45 a.m.
    • A thief swiped a woman’s wallet at Trader Joe’s on Feb. 23 at around 11:33 a.m.
    • A purse and iPad went missing from a car parked on East 10th Street on Feb. 24. The victim told police she noticed that the passenger-side window of her car parked between Third and Fourth Avenues was broken at around 3 a.m.
    • A mother tending to two children in the Second Avenue subway station had her purse stolen on Feb. 24. The 37-year-old victim said that she had her two-year-old in her arms and her six-month-old in a stroller when she moved her stroller out of the train to let passengers pass. When she got back on the train she noticed that her purse, which she had left on the seat, was gone. By the time she cancelled her credit cards two hours later unauthorized charges had already been made.
    • An ungrateful guest is accused of stealing an assortment of items from an East 13th Street apartment on Feb. 24. One of the victims said that he told the suspect, who had been crashing at his place between Avenues B and C, that he would soon have to leave. When he returned from work the suspect had left — with an assortment of property worth a whopping $6,200 that belonged to the trio that rightfully lived there.
    • A man was caught trying to swipe a woman’s wallet in Solas on Feb. 25. The police said that the suspect was spotted reaching into the woman’s purse at around 1:50 a.m.
    • A thief stole a man’s backpack while he ran on an East River Park track on Feb. 25. The 28-year-old victim said that he placed his bag on the bleachers at the track at around 4 p.m. When he finished his run it was gone.
    • Someone swiped a woman’s purse from One and One on Feb. 26. The 22-year-old victim said she left her purse on her chair and got up to get a drink at around midnight. When she returned with her libation, a guy was sitting in her chair and he said he hadn’t seen her purse.


  • An East First Street apartment was burglarized on Feb. 21. The 20-year-old resident told the police she left for school at around 9:30 a.m. When she returned to her apartment between First and Second Avenues late in the afternoon she noticed that her iPad 2 and Canon Rebel camera were missing. She suspected that the culprit came in through the bathroom window.
  • A slow and deliberate thief gradually robbed a St. Marks Place apartment starting on Feb. 17. The 35-year-old victim told the police she left her key in the door to her apartment between Second and Third Avenues at around 7:05 p.m. for her super, who was supposed to pick it up. She heard someone take the key from the door, but it apparently wasn’t her super. When she returned home from work she noticed something was missing. Over the next few days more things vanished, though the police did not say what.
  • A laptop was swiped from an office in Pan Ya Bakery on Feb. 23. Surveillance footage captured the suspect entering the eatery on Stuyvesant Street at around 7:05 p.m. empty-handed. Minutes later he is seen walking out with a brown paper bag, presumably containing the computer.
  • Kanoyama was broken into on Feb. 24. An employee said that when he came to open the Japanese restaurant on Second Avenue at around noon he noticed that two windows had been broken and that a box of money containing $500 was gone.
  • Two apartments on East Fifth Street between Avenues A and B and one on East Sixth Street between Avenues A and B were broken into on Feb. 24: A 22-year-old resident said she came home to her place on East Fifth Street and noticed that a living room window was open. Black smudges were on the wall and her suitcase had been moved around. However, she didn’t notice anything missing. On the same day, a 30-year-old resident of East Sixth Street said he returned from work to find his apartment door open with a shoe keeping it ajar. The burglar got an iPad, camera and laptop. And a 21-year-old victim noticed that the fire escape window of her East Sixth Street apartment was open and that she was missing a laptop, jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash.

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