Police Watch: Stuy Town ‘burglar’ arrested, teens busted for ‘fake’ cash

STUY TOWN ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 35-year-old Megan Burke for burglary and assault inside 287 Avenue C last Monday at 7:02 p.m. Police said that one of the victims found Burke inside the other victim’s apartment after realizing that Burke had taken her keys from her purse. Burke was allegedly in possession of the victim’s jewelry and when the women confronted her, police said that Burke punched one of the victims in the stomach and slapped her in the face.

VENDOR NABBED FOR FAKE CHANEL CELL PHONE CASES
Police arrested 26-year-old Lile Ou for forgery in front of 822 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 1:50 p.m. Police said that Ou was trying to sell eight cell phone cases that bore a trademark counterfeit logo for Chanel.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ PHONE
A 16-year-old was arrested in front of 10 Union Square West last Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. for possession of stolen property. The teen, whose name is being withheld by Town & Village, was allegedly in possession of a stolen phone and police said that he was attempting to sell it on the street for $500.

TEENS BUSTED FOR ‘FAKE’ CASH
Police arrested two 19-year-olds for forgery in front of a Starbucks at 10 Union Square East last Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. Jermaine Rivera and Marcell Sullivan were allegedly counting counterfeit money inside Starbucks before leaving to buy property from a third person with the counterfeit cash. When they were searched, they were allegedly in possession of stolen property.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DINE-N-DITCH’ AT IHOP
Police arrested Luis Perez, 26, inside the IHOP at 235 East 14th Street for theft last Wednesday at 11:53 p.m. Perez allegedly ate a meal inside the restaurant then refused to pay. Police said that the cost of the meal was $17.18.

MAN BUSTED FOR LAPTOP ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 29-year-old Jose Tenen for possession of stolen property inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 10:50 a.m. Police said that Tenen was in possession of an Apple laptop that was stolen on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from inside 12 West 17th Street.

MEN NABBED FOR CELL PHONE ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 28-year-old Andres Ocampo for grand larceny in front of 592 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 11 a.m. Police said that Ocampo stole three cell phones, including a Samsung Note 3, from the location and was working with Willis Vazquez, who was also arrested. The two men allegedly left the location together. The Samsung phone was valued at $750 and the other two were valued at $1,240 together.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SNATCHING’ BAG
Police arrested 53-year-old Christopher Wallace for petit larceny inside 14 East 28th Street last Thursday at 6:03 p.m. Police said that Wallace removed a bag belonging to another tenant from the back of a chair in the common room. Wallace allegedly didn’t return the bag to security when asked and when he was being place under arrest, police said that he flailed his arms, pushed officers and attempted to keep his arms tucked into his body to prevent being handcuffed. Wallace was also charged with resisting arrest.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STARBUCKS BAG ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 24-year-old Leo Edelman for allegedly swiping a customer’s bag at the Starbucks at 41 Union Square West on February 17. Edelman was arrested for burglar’s tools and petit larceny last Friday at 1:15 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

‘PERV’ NABBED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 56-year-old George Fantaquisakis for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Friday at 9:20 a.m. Fantaquisakis allegedly grabbed a woman’s buttocks while standing behind her on a downtown 5 train.

MAN BUSTED FOR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT ‘THEFT’
Thirty-year-old Jahad Mitchell was arrested last Friday at 12:39 p.m. for thefts that occurred inside Midtown Electric Supply at 157 West 18th Street. Mitchell allegedly entered the store and told employees that he worked for Team Electric at 20 West 36th Street and needed electrical supplies. Police said that Team Electric later told the store that those purchases were not authorized and Mitchell was not authorized to make purchases on their behalf.
The next day, Mitchell allegedly entered the store again and billed Team Electric. An employee at the store then realized that Mitchell was the same person who had acquired property the previous day under false pretenses. Police said that Mitchell attempted to acquire electrical equipment from the store under the same pretense on another day but when he was confronted by staff, he fled in a van registered to 1 Arlington Electric at 307 West 38th Street. The officer then went to the address listed on the van where Mitchell was found and arrested.

ARREST FOR FILING FALSE REPORT
Fifty-year-old Lawrence Dear was arrested for perjury and filing a false report inside the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 5:28 p.m. Dear allegedly told police that two men bumped into him from behind and stole his luggage valued at $10,340. Upon further investigation, police said that he wrote in a written statement that he lost the luggage on the street. He allegedly told police, “I didn’t walk into the subway station, I didn’t get bumped. I checked the ‘stolen’ box because I thought it looked stupid.”

BATHROOM FIGHT AT GRILL 21
Police arrested two people involved in a fight over the bathroom at 346 East 21st Street, home to Grill 21 restaurant, last Sunday at 2:46 p.m. A teenager and 37-year-old Elizabeth Brandon allegedly got into an argument over who was going to be using the bathroom. Brandon allegedly threw a lock at the teen, which hit his leg. Police said that the teen put Brandon into a headlock, causing a bruise to her forehead and redness to her neck.

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