MEN WANTED FOR BURGLARIES THROUGHOUT LOWER MANHATTAN
Police are looking for two men wanted in connection with six burglaries that occurred in the confines of the First, Fifth, 10th and 13th Precincts. They say the burglars forcibly opened ATMs on the exterior of commercial establishments and fled. Cash was stolen in two of the six burglaries.
The first incident occurred between 7 p.m. on Monday, January 26 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27 outside SoHo News at 186 Prince Street. The ATM was damaged but no cash was removed.
The second incident happened between 12:28 a.m. on Sunday, February 22 and 12 p.m. on Monday, February 23 outside 225 West 23rd Street. The two burglars removed $4,820 in cash.
The third incident occurred between 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6 outside the Tasti D-Lite at 203 Spring Street. No cash was stolen but the ATM was damaged.
The fourth incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the corner of Rivington Street and Bowery. The ATM was damaged but no cash was stolen.
The fifth incident happened between 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18 in front of 46 West 21st Street. The thieves grabbed $2,460 in cash from the ATM.
The most recent incident occurred between 9:55 p.m. on last Monday and 9:37 a.m. last Tuesday outside 144 West 19th Street. The ATM was damaged but no cash was stolen.
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 the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
BURLINGTON WATCH ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Police arrested 59-year-old Victor Badillo was arrested for robbery and possession of stolen property in front of 703 Sixth Avenue last Monday at 2:43 p.m. Badillo allegedly removed two watches from the Burlington Coat Factory at 707 Sixth Avenue and when a security officer tried to stop him, police said that he pulled a knife from his pants pocket and confronted the officer, saying, “Don’t try to stop me.”
The officer then walked out of the store and flagged down police. He told the cops that a man wearing a yellow shirt would be exiting the store and had been threatening employees with a knife. Badillo then left the store and police told him to stop, but he allegedly didn’t listen.
At that point, an officer pulled out his gun and ordered Badillo to put his hands up. Police said that he dropped the knife but continued to walk away until he was brought to the ground by officers at the scene. Officers recovered one of the stolen watches from the left sleeve of Badillo’s jacket and another watch that he allegedly stole was recovered inside the store.
TRACK ‘TRESPASSERS’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two people in separate incidents for reckless endangerment and criminal trespass inside the Union Square subway station last Tuesday, for trespassing inside the Bowery J station.
James Lanning, 24, was arrested at 3 p.m. Police said that he was seen via surveillance video entering the track area of the Bowery station. “Do not enter” signs are clearly posted in the station. Lanning allegedly surrendered himself at Transit District 4.
Lindsay Nunnery, 21, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. and was allegedly on surveillance video entering the track area of the Bowery station.
FIGHT IN SECOND AVE. STORE
Police arrested three women involved in a fight last Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. inside the Halal Deli Grocery at 491 Second Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets. Umit Dikkaya, 35, Tiffany Parks, 24, and Dzhennifer Atayan, 22, were charged with assault. Police said that Parks and Atayan were inside the store when Dikkaya allegedly pushed through them. They got into a fight, and Dikkaya allegedly pulled Parks’ hair and scratched her face, and also bit Atayan’s hand. Parks and Atayan allegedly blocked Dikkaya’s way as she was trying to get into the building. Police also said that Parks and Atayan punched Dikkaya in the face and kicked her in the back.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOLEN PROPERTY’
Police arrested 43-year-old Thurman Davis for petit larceny last Wednesday in front of 276 Park Avenue South at 1:19 p.m. Davis was allegedly in possession of stolen property and police said that he was stopped because he was seen casing commercial vehicles. When police identified themselves to Davis, he allegedly attempted to flee by riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. He was also charged with a public administration misdemeanor, possession of stolen property and an unclassified violation of New York State laws.
STOLEN PHONE RECOVERED AT SHELTER
Police arrested 64-year-old Preston Solomon for possession of stolen property inside the Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Saturday at 9:15 p.m. The victim told police that he put his bag down to play soccer and during the game, looked over to check on the bag and didn’t see it. The victim was able to use the Find My iPhone app and an officer located his phone inside the Bellevue Men’s Shelter. Solomon allegedly had the phone in his left front pocket.
‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AT UNION SQUARE
Twenty-year-old Yesenia Mendez was arrested for intoxicated driving at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Thursday at 1:22 a.m. Police said that Mendez committed a traffic infraction while driving and when she was stopped, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. She was allegedly unsteady on her feet and had erratic speech. Police said that she refused a Breathalyzer test at the scene and was also carrying a learner’s permit without an authorized driver with her. She was also charged with unlicensed operator and impaired driving.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘CRACKING’ WINDSHIELD
Police arrested 28-year-old Erol Ozdemir for criminal mischief in front of the Flatiron Hall at 38 West 26th Street last Friday at 12:34 a.m. Police said that Ozdemir was shouting in the street and attempted to fight a bouncer at another bar. He allegedly went towards a parked car and repeatedly hit the windshield with his bag, causing the windshield to crack. Ozdemir was also charged with harassment.
CHURRO CRACKDOWNS AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested three people for selling churros on the L platform at the Union Square subway station in two different incidents last week. Noemi Baez, 42, and Maria Quinatora, 31, were arrested last Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Maria Junga, 52, was arrested later that same day, at 11:55 p.m. Police said that the women were selling the fried pastries for $2 without permission to do so. The women were charged with unclassified misdemeanors of New York State laws.
JOE FRESH ‘SHOPLIFTER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 45-year-old Frankie Blake for grand larceny at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street last Saturday at 7:39 p.m. Police said that Blake entered a nearby Joe Fresh clothing store, removed stacks of clothing from the shelves and placed the items inside a booster bag lined with foil. Blake was allegedly in possession of stolen property valued in excess of $1,000. He was also charged with possession of stolen property and burglar’s tools.
MAN BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Thirty-year-old Nicholas Schulman was arrested for assault last Monday at 2:01 a.m. at the corner of East 21st Street and Fifth Avenue. Schulman allegedly punched the victim in the head, causing pain and swelling to the left side of his face. Police did not have any additional information about whether or not Schulman knew the victim.