Police Watch: Copper wire thief on the loose, Arrest for package thefts in PCV

Copper wire thief

Copper wire thief

Police are asking the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for stealing $900 worth of copper wire.
On Wednesday, September 30, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a man broke through a deadbolt lock and gained access to the roof of 110 West 14th Street. Once on the roof, the suspect removed twenty pounds of copper wire and two copper grounding plates from a Verizon cellular tower at the location. The suspect, who was last seen wearing a white hard hat, a dark Nike t-shirt with a bright-color swoosh, tan pants and white footwear, fled the scene.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Town & Village reported last week that a man was apprehended by security for allegedly swiping packages in Peter Cooper, thanks to an eagle-eyed resident.
Police have since identified the suspect as 47-year-old Jose Gonzalez who has been arrested for petit larceny, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass last Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. inside 420 East 23rd Street.
A Stuy Town security officer said that multiple tenants had told him that an unknown man had been going through delivery packages on multiple floors in the building, removing items from the packages and putting them into a red bag that he was carrying. Security arrived at the building and stopped Gonzalez in the corridor of 420 East 23rd.
Gonzalez allegedly told security that he entered the building behind someone after the door had been opened, and he said that he was there to “hook up” with a man named Angel who was in apartment 8A. Upon further investigation, police found that there wasn’t anybody by that name in that apartment and no one was in that apartment at all at that time.
Police said that there were items in Gonzalez’s red bag that were still in packaging and were addressed to people who lived inside the building. Two of the items had the address of that building and the owners were present to validate that they had ordered and not received the items. Police said that there were three items in Gonzalez’s bag from J. Crew that he said did not belong to him. Open boxes were recovered by security on the 13th and seventh floors. Gonzalez was also charged with burglary.

Eighteen-year-olds Louis Morrison and Angel Nunez were arrested for grand larceny at 274 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:35 a.m. Stuy Town security saw Morrison and Nunez on surveillance tape walking on the street and allegedly removed small items from the victim’s pants pockets. Security officers confronted the teens and called 911, and police said that a wallet with credit cards and a cell phone were found on the suspects.

Police arrested 38-year-old Tyree Jaminson and 48-year-old James Magee for robbery and burglary last Friday at 12:10 a.m. at First Avenue and East 28th Street. Police said that Jaminson and Magee were involved in two incidents in September and October, both inside 224 East 28th Street.
In the first incident, Jaminson and Magee allegedly grabbed a woman from behind, knocked her to the ground and stole her bag at 9:55 a.m. on September 21. Police said that Jaminson and Magee can be seen on surveillance video holding open the door of the building, where neither of them are residents. They allegedly followed the victim into the elevator and exited directly behind her, then grabbed her and took her bag.
The second incident took place last Wednesday at 9 p.m. when the suspects followed another woman into the elevator and allegedly put her in a chokehold when she was about to get off at her floor. When she fell to the ground, they allegedly took her wallet from her bag. Police said that video surveillance showed Jaminson and Magee propping open the door of the building before following the woman inside.
Jaminson and Magee were arrested when an officer stopped them at First Avenue and East 28th and found a credit card that was allegedly in Jaminson’s pocket. Police said that the card bears the name of the second victim, and that at the time the card was recovered, Jaminson was with Magee and both were wearing clothing that appeared in the surveillance video from Wednesday. Police said Jaminson allegedly admitted that he and Magee had committed the second robbery and he was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 26-year-old Shavon Butler and 35-year-old Artesha Randolph for criminal mischief inside the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street last Saturday at 1:01 a.m. Police said that Butler and Randolph broke the sink off the wall in the bathroom. The approximate value of the property is $200.

Police arrested 33-year-old Hector Gonzalez for petit larceny in the Gansevoort Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South last Monday at 1:33 p.m. Security told police that a guest called the hotel and said that he was coming by to pick up his keys and Euros that had been kept in the lost and found safe.
The security guard then went into the safe to check on the items but found that the envelope was ripped and the money was missing, although the keys were still there. The guard then checked the surveillance video and noticed that Gonzalez, an employee at the hotel, had allegedly opened the safe on four different occasions and removed items.
The guard then spoke to Gonzalez about what he had discovered and the suspect allegedly told him that he got the combination by looking over someone’s shoulder and was desperate for cash because he needed to pay rent. Gonzalez allegedly sold the Euros for $260.

Police arrested 28-year-old Abiel Ventura for an unclassified traffic infraction and leaving the scene of an accident at the corner of Third Avenue and East 20th Street last Tuesday at 11:55 a.m. Ventura was driving east on East 20th Street between Second and Third Avenue when he allegedly struck the victim’s car, causing substantial damage to both vehicles. Police said that Ventura fled, but he was apprehended a short distance away from the accident at East 21st Street and Third Avenue. Police said that a license check revealed that his license was suspended.

Police arrested 25-year-old Juan Garcia for sexual abuse at the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 5:55 p.m. Garcia was on a downtown 4 train and was allegedly bumping and rubbing his groin on the victim’s buttocks. Police said that Garcia does not know the victim.

Police arrested 65-year-old Francisco Prieto for menacing and assault in front of 120 East 29th Street last Wednesday at 5:09 p.m. Police said that Prieto punched and kicked the victim, and displayed a knife while verbally threatening him. Police said that a knife was not recovered from the scene. The victim sustained a cut to his leg and redness to his arm.

Alex Rosario, 32, was arrested for grand larceny in front of 145 East 27th Street last Wednesday at 10:41 a.m. Rosario allegedly grabbed $35 from the victim’s hand and attempted to flee the scene on foot.

Twenty-year-old Farwa Saeed and 18-year-old Mohammad Khan were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and the sale of marijuana inside 124 East 28th Street last Monday at 3:34 p.m. Police said that Saeed and Khan were breaking up marijuana, weighing it on a scale and placing it into small pill bottles. The two men were also allegedly in possession of two scales, a ziplock bag of marijuana, 210 labels for the pill bottles and 38 business cards with Saeed’s name and phone number advertising the sale of marijuana. They were also charged with possession of marijuana.

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