Police Watch: Robbery at Goodwill, Employee assaulted at Washington Irving

ACCUSED SHOPLIFTER AT GOODWILL ALLEGEDLY HIT EMPLOYEE WITH HELMET
Police arrested 38-year-old Nicholas Vandermillen for an alleged robbery inside the Goodwill at 220 East 23rd Street on Saturday, January 5 at 10 a.m. Police said that Vandermillen took a helmet from a display inside the store and attempted to leave without paying for it. An employee then confronted him, and this turned into an argument outside the store.

Police said that Vandermillen then spilled coffee in the victim’s face and both he and the victim fell to the ground. Vandermillen allegedly stood up while the victim was still on the ground and grabbed the helmet with his left hand, then swung it and hit the victim in the face with the intention of causing physical harm.

Vandermillen was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

TEEN ASSAULTS EMPLOYEE AT WASHINGTON IRVING BUILDING
Police arrested a teenager for assaulting a Department of Education employee inside the Washington Irving campus at 40 Irving Place on Thursday, January 3 at 11:53 a.m. Police said that the teen punched a DOE parent coordinator in the head, causing pain to the left side of her face. The coordinator was removed to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING INTO PLANET FITNESS LOCKERS
Police arrested 47-year-old Hussein Shaban on Wednesday, January 2 at 3:07 p.m. inside the Planet Fitness at 22 East 14th Street for alleged thefts from that location and a Planet Fitness at 158 West 27th Street.

Police said that Shaban entered the gym on West 27th Street on Wednesday between 12:15 and 1:30 p.m. and broke a lock off a locker before removing cash. Shaban allegedly stole property from two additional lockers at this location around this time as well. Police said that video surveillance caught Shaban inside the Planet Fitness at 12:50 p.m.

Shaban was seen inside the locker room area in the Planet Fitness at 22 East 14th Street around 2:45 p.m. the same day, allegedly casing lockers while in possession of a screwdriver, which police said is commonly used to break into lockers.

After he was arrested and police searched him, he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.

Shaban was charged with petit larceny, grand larceny, criminal mischief and burglar’s tools.

CASHIER ACCUSED OF THEFT FROM BED BATH AND BEYOND
Police arrested 50-year-old Dwayne McFadden for alleged grand larceny on Monday, December 31 at 2:20 p.m. Police said that between November 23 and December 7, 2018, McFadden took money from customers and didn’t scan the items while he was working as a cashier for Bed Bath and Beyond at 620 Sixth Avenue. Police said that McFadden also used his own credit card to purchase items from the store on December 1 but he allegedly passed some of the merchandise to a third party without paying for the items.

MAN CHARGED WITH FORGERY AT M&T BANK
Police arrested 22-year-old David Walters for alleged forgery inside M&T Bank at 95 Madison Avenue on Thursday, January 3 at 1:42 p.m. Police said that Walters passed a forged check to a teller at the bank and when police arrived, Walters was still inside. He was arrested without incident.

MEN BUSTED FOR DUANE READE THEFTS
Police arrested two men for alleged thefts from inside the Duane Reade at 465 Second Avenue on Friday, January 4 at 5 p.m. Police said that 46-year-old Keith Connor was concealing items in his jacket while 49-year-old Ishmael Rice acted as a lookout.

Both were allegedly in possession of stolen property.

After they were arrested, Connor and Rice allegedly told police that they had removed items from other Walgreens and Duane Reade locations. Connor and Rice were charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

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