Shoplifters push down employee at Modell’s

Police are the on the lookout for three suspects.

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for three young men with expensive taste who stole a bag and clothing from two stores on the same day. In one incident, they also bashed into a store employee.

In one incident on March 3 at 12:50 p.m., they headed to a Modell’s sporting goods store at 607 Avenue of the Americas where they stole a Nike jacket and Nike t-shirts, putting the merchandise into duffel bags. On their way out of the store with $525 worth of clothing, they knocked a female employee onto the floor, causing her minor injuries, police said.

This was just 20 minutes after the same trio strolled into the Zara clothing store at 101 Fifth Avenue in Flatiron and swiped a $200 bag. They then fled on foot.

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Powers presents Council proclamation to Stuyvesant Town female Boy Scout

Council Member Keith Powers with Sydney Ireland at a ceremony at Immaculate Conception Church on Tuesday night (Photo by John McCarten)

Sydney Ireland, the female Boy Scout from Stuyvesant Town, who so far has been unable to get her accomplishments from over the past decade and rank formally recognized by her organization, was instead recognized on Tuesday evening with a proclamation from the City Council. The proclamation was presented by Council Member Keith Powers and was also signed by Speaker Corey Johnson.

Troop 414 hosted a Court of Honor for Boy Scouts receiving rank advancement and earning merit badges on Tuesday, including Sydney and other young women — though it was technically unofficial — at Immaculate Conception Church. Powers also presented the Troop with a certificate of appreciation.

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Thieves taking entire carts from mail carriers

By Sabina Mollot

No longer content with swiping mail and packages from building lobbies, some thieves are brazenly stealing entire carts full of mail as postal carriers make their rounds in Manhattan.

Police say that the thieves are specifically looking for checks, money orders and credit cards.

A story in The New York Post on Sunday reported that 19 incidents have occurred in the borough since last summer, with the thieves wearing postal uniforms and waiting for carriers to get distracted before making their moves in broad daylight.

A couple of the incidents took place in Union Square. On January 26 in front of 18 East 16th Street at 1:40 p.m., the mailman was delivering mail and when he returned to his cart, it was gone. The same thing happened four days later at 140 East 17th Street at 4 p.m. The Post reported similar incidents have taken place in Murray Hill and on the Upper East Side.

Cops have also been warning consumers about thefts perpetrated by mailbox fishing, in which thieves will reel out mail from mailboxes using a stick and glue. Police told Town & Village this type of crime has spiked in Upper Manhattan, The Bronx and Queens.