By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested two teenagers for a bag theft that occurred outside one of the playgrounds in Stuyvesant Town last week.
According to the NYPD and Stuy Town management, the victim was sitting on a park bench outside Playground 1 behind 330 First Avenue around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18 when the one of the teens came up to the victim and grabbed her bag, which contained credit cards, and the other teen snatched her phone before running from the location.
Police said that both suspects entered the subway at First Avenue and East 14th Street, where one of the teens was arrested at 11:29 a.m., but the other suspect fled from the station and ran south on First Avenue. He was later arrested inside the 13th precinct on Thursday, September 19 at 6:12 p.m.
The bag containing the victim’s wallet was recovered when the first teen was arrested. It was not clear if the teen who allegedly grabbed the victim’s phone had it on him when he was arrested, and the device was turned off and unable to be tracked.
Both teens were charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their young age.
According to an email from management shortly after the incident, Public Safety chased the teens after the theft and were able to catch up with the one who was ultimately arrested near the First Avenue L station.
During the 13th Precinct Community Council’s monthly meeting that was held the night before this incident, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman reported that there has been a precinct-wide increase in youth crime. The email from management sent on Wednesday shortly after the incident noted that Public Safety Chief Fran Martin has increased patrols on the property, while keeping in mind that many of these incidents have been occurring during day and evening hours.
Management also had a call with Hellman last week to discuss additional NYPD patrols to deter crime. Hellman said that there would now be increased NYPD patrols coming through Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village whereas officers rarely had the neighborhood on their route.