Police Watch: Woman busted for selling stolen guitar, Man arrested for forgery

Police arrested a 21-year-old woman who attempted to sell a guitar stolen from a Guitar Center in Midtown to another Guitar Center location in Union Square.

According to police, Zujey Benitez entered the store at 25 West 14th Street on Friday, August 9 at 8:45 p.m. and attempted to sell a white Fender guitar that had been reported stolen from the Guitar Center location at 218 West 44th Street on Friday, August 2.

Benitez, who was charged with possession of stolen property at the time of her arrest, was later charged with two counts of grand larceny as well when a further investigation revealed that she and another person who wasn’t arrested had also allegedly stolen the white Fender guitar from the store in Midtown, as well as a green Fender guitar from the same store earlier this month.


Police arrested 39-year-old Jason Lent for an alleged forgery on Tuesday, August 6 at 3:48 p.m. at the corner of West 16th Street and Fifth Avenue. Police were responding to a call about an individual trying to access a bank account with a fraudulent ID inside the Bank of America at 116 Fifth Avenue around 3:15 p.m. After police arrived, they found Lent nearby and when he was searched, he was allegedly in possession of a fraudulent New Jersey State ID and a fraudulent credit card. Lent was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested 59-year-old Luis Vega for allegedly attempting to get a debit card connected to someone else’s account inside the Bank of America at 116 Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, August 7 at 2:30 p.m. A bank employee told police that Vega had entered the bank with the ID of a client and had attempted to obtain a debit card connected to that person’s account. The teller called the client and confirmed that it was not him at the bank, and then called 911, after which Vega was arrested. He was charged with forgery, impersonation and possession of an anti-security item.

Police arrested 47-year-old Juan Nieves for multiple shoplifting incidents from the Target at 512 Second Avenue and a Duane Reade location throughout July and August. Police said that Nieves took headphones from the store on July 20 around 8:35 a.m. On July 23 at 10:50 a.m., he allegedly took multiple smart watches. Police said that he removed Swiss Gear items on July 25 at 10:30 a.m. On July 27 around8 a.m., he allegedly removed a Swiss Gear backpack and Motorola electronic devices from the store. Police said that he removed multiple deodorants, a container of juice and a book bag on July 31 at 9:10 a.m. He also allegedly removed Fitbit smart watches from the store on July 28 around 10 a.m. On August 4 at 7 p.m., police said that he removed soap and shaving cream from the store. Police said that Nieves removed toothpaste products from the Duane Reade at 465 Second Avenue on August 8 at 9:50 a.m.

Police arrested 29-year-old Bayron Caceres inside the 13th precinct on Wednesday, August 7 at 7 a.m. for allegedly shoplifting on two different occasions.

Police said that Caceres entered the TJ Maxx at 620 Sixth Avenue on July 11 at 6:29 p.m. He allegedly removed men’s clothing and accessories from the store and concealed the items inside his bag without permission and left the store. Police said that Caceres also went into the Old Navy at 610 Sixth Avenue on May 18 at 10:05 a.m. and removed men’s clothing without paying.
Caceres was charged with burglary in connection with the incident at TJ Maxx because he had been issued a “no trespass” affidavit on June 10, prohibiting him from entering any TJ Maxx and affiliate locations permanently. He was also charged with petit larceny for the alleged theft at Old Navy.

Police arrested 26-year-old Muhamadu Ndiaye and 25-year-old Moussa Issa for an alleged fight at the corner of Broadway and West 27th Street on Thursday, August 8 at 4:51 p.m.

Police said that Issa started yelling at the victim and spitting at him. Ndiaye said that Issa then remove a piece of wood from a dumpster and struck him with it, causing bruises to the Ndiaye’s arm. Ndiaye was reportedly able to take the wood from Issa, at which point Issa allegedly removed a screwdriver from his pants pocket. Police said that Issa threatened and attempted to stab Ndiaye with the screwdriver. When he was searched, police found that Issa was in possession of marijuana. Issa told police that Ndiaye hit him with the piece of wood, causing a cut to his hand and a bruises on his bottom lip and chest.

Both men were charged with assault and Issa was also charged with menacing, weapons possession and marijuana possession.

Police arrested 43-year-old Shadrach McBorrough for alleged weapons possession inside the Food Emporium at 10 Union Square East on Friday, August 9 at 10:16 p.m. The victim told police that he and McBorrough got into an argument inside the store that escalated, with McBorrough allegedly pulling out an object and raising it at the victim in a threatening manner. The victim said that he then walked away and immediately dialed 911, and McBorrough was arrested shortly after.

Police arrested 37-year-old Michael Revies for allegedly smoking while walking into the subway at Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street on Thursday, August 8 at 4:40 p.m. Police said that Revies was seen walking down the stairs into the station while smoking a lit cigarette without permission to do so. Police said that when he was searched, he was in possession of a clear glass vile of alleged cocaine and a plastic straw with alleged cocaine residue. Revies was charged with possession of a controlled substance and an unclassified violation.

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