Police Watch: Man charged with office thefts, Men accused of CVS robbery

MAN CHARGED WITH FLATIRON OFFICE THEFTS
Police arrested 28-year-old Amir Johnson on Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. for multiple alleged thefts from various office buildings in Flatiron, including from 28 West 25th Street and 151 West 26th Street.

Police said that Johnson looted eight different locations since the beginning of this year. Johnson was caught after he allegedly stole a woman’s laptop and cell phone from an office inside the West 26th Street building between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on the day he was arrested.

The victim told police that she had left her cell phone and laptop on a bench in a hallway to use the bathroom and when she returned, both were gone. She said that she noticed an unknown man in the hallway and asked him if he had seen a laptop and cell phone and he said no.

When the victim asked a co-worker if he had seen her laptop, the coworker said he had seen an unknown man with a laptop and described the man that the victim had first asked about the phone and laptop.

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Police Watch: Man charged with apartment burglary, Teens arrested for fight

MAN CHARGED WITH GRAMERCY APARTMENT BURGLARY
Police arrested 52-year-old Santiago Ferreira for an alleged burglary inside 125 East 17th Street at Irving Place on Sunday, April 28 at 2 a.m.

The victim told police that he was out at a diner when an unknown person broke into his apartment by forcing the front door open. He said that when he returned home around 12:45 a.m., his door was open and the apartment was a mess with a number items having been taken. The victim said that the deadbolt had been broken and was on the floor, and there were also items in the apartment that didn’t belong to him. He told police that he spoke to his neighbor, who said that he heard noises around 6 p.m. that evening.

While waiting for the NYPD evidence collection team, the victim was pinging his MacBook so that it would make an audible noise when Ferreira allegedly came into the apartment with the victim’s stolen items. It was unclear why Ferreira went to the victim’s apartment with the allegedly stolen property but police said that he also lives in the building.

Ferreira allegedly told police that a friend gave him the victim’s stolen items, so police are still looking for a second possible suspect in connection with the actual apartment break-in.

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Police Watch: Man accused of punching woman during robbery, Woman allegedly assaulted theater employees

MAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING WOMAN DURING CVS ROBBERY
Police arrested 27-year-old Sean Wagner and 22-year-old Nicholas Caballero for an alleged robbery inside the CVS at 245 First Avenue on Wednesday, March 27 around 11 p.m. Police said that Wagner and Caballero, along with another person who wasn’t arrested, went into the store and took merchandise off the shelves and tried to leave without paying. An employee said that she told them to stop and was going to take a photo of them when Wagner allegedly punched her in the face, causing redness and pain. The suspects fled the store, but Wagner was caught shortly after the incident in front of 7 East 14th Street on Thursday, March 28 at 12:16 a.m. Caballero was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Monday, April 1 at 4 p.m. Wagner was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property. Caballero was charged with petit larceny.

WOMEN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED MOVIE THEATER EMPLOYEES
Police arrested 22-year-old Treasure Liggins, 24-year-old Brianna Jones and 23-year-old Tyhamrra Newman for an alleged fight that took place inside the AMC movie theater at 890 Broadway on Monday, March 25 around 12:40 a.m. Police said that Liggins hit the manager of the theater in the eye and Jones allegedly punched the victim, punching another employee at the theater and a security guard in the face, causing swelling and pain to the three victims. Newman reportedly sprayed the theater manager, an employee of the theater and a security guard at the theater with pepper spray, causing substantial pain. Jones and Newman were arrested inside the 13th precinct at 2 a.m. No further information was available about what started the dispute.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT AT POST OFFICE
Police arrested 58-year-old George Greenslade for an alleged assault that took place inside the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 East 14th Street on Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. The victim told police that he was standing in line when Greenslade allegedly shoved him after cutting him in line. The victim said that Greenslade completed his transaction and waited outside the Post Office for the victim.

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Police suspect bodegas re-selling stolen goods

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have been surveilling local bodegas where stolen goods are suspected to be sold.

Responding to a question about a spike in the number of thefts from neighborhood pharmacies, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman said at the 13th Precinct Community Council’s January meeting that shoplifting in pharmacy chains like Duane Reade and CVS is problematic throughout Manhattan. So is the reselling of those items to other stores, and Hellman said undercover officers have been on it.

“It’s a slow process because they start to recognize our undercover guys but we’re still watching them,” he said of one local bodega suspected of selling stolen merchandise. “We think there are other bodegas where they’re fencing things so we’re trying to track those, too.”

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Police Watch: Bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian, Suspect arrested for alleged CVS robbery

Robbery suspect

BUS DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HITTING PEDESTRIAN ON EAST 22ND STREET
Police arrested 54-year-old Damion Seeley for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in an incident on August 17 around 10 p.m. near the intersection of East 22nd Street and Second Avenue. Seeley was driving a bus near the intersection allegedly hit a man in his 40s who was crossing the street. Police said that Seeley then left the scene without waiting for police to arrive, and the victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries. Seeley was arrested on Monday, December 10 at 6:40 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police did not have further information about whether the bus was owned by the MTA or a private company.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED ROBBERY WITH HYPODERMIC NEEDLE AT CVS
Police arrested 41-year-old Alan Betances for an alleged robbery that took place inside the CVS at 253 First Avenue on Wednesday, November 14 around 8 p.m.

As Town & Village reported at the time, a man strolled into the store and began throwing items from the shelves into a garbage bag. When an employee confronted him in the aisle, the man allegedly pulled out a needle and told the worker to “step back.”

Betances was arrested on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct.

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Letters to the editor, Jan. 11

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Bafflement and expectation

In his Subway Bomb Suspect’s Mysterious Act of Mercy, New York Times, December 19, 2017, Mr. Jeffrey Gettleman recorded, though he did not quote, Akayed Ullah’s reason for his pipe-bomb action on December 11, 2017, at New York’s Port Authority.

Quoting Mr. Ullah’s mother-in-law, Mr. Gettleman recorded that when Mr. Ullah returned from Bangladesh “he was so upset… those people were living in hell each and every minute.”  Additionally, according to Mr. Gettleman, from his bed in Bellevue, Mr. Ullah said that he built and detonated his device “inspired online by the Islamic State to strike against the United States for its policies in the Muslim world.”

Yet in his article, Mr. Gettleman apparently wanted to firm-up his own view that the truth of what Ullah said about himself had to survive the views of others. So he introduces the conflicting opinions of those who are tangentially acquainted with Mr. Ullah, sets aside Ullah’s own words, and gives the reader the inevitable self-produced baffle: why did he really do it!?!

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Robber hitting drugstores in Manhattan

Robbery suspect

Cops are on the lookout for a man who’s been robbing drugstores in Union Square and in Greenwich Village as well as a Dunkin Donuts in The Bronx. The suspect, in each incident, has made employees believe he had a gun before demanding cash.

Police say the string of holdups started on the morning of Monday, December 18 when the man strolled into a CVS at 65 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Street. He then threatened employees while simulating a gun inside his coat. The suspect helped himself to $150 from the register before running out.

On the evening of Tuesday, December 26, the man walked into a Walgreens at 145 Fourth Avenue near East 14th Street. He simulated a gun under his coat while threatening employees, this time getting away with $500 in cash.

Later that same evening, he did the same thing at a Dunkin Donuts at 513 East 138th Street. He swiped $1,700 from the register before fleeing the store into a subway station.

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Police Watch: Homeless man stabbed in Union Square, Man wanted for burglaries on West 14th

HOMELESS MAN STABBED IN UNION SQUARE PARK
A homeless man was stabbed by a group of men in Union Square Park early Monday morning, DNAinfo reported. Police said that the 39-year-old homeless man was arguing with the men near East 14th Street and Union Square East around 3:30 a.m. when they stabbed the victim in the chest and fled. It wasn’t immediately clear what the argument was about or how many people were involved, but no arrests were made at the time of the incident.

MAN WANTED FOR MULTIPLE BURGLARIES ON WEST 14TH STREET
Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a number of burglaries at multiple businesses inside 154 West 14th Street in the West Village earlier this summer. Police said that the suspect entered the offices of Grove Atlantic on Wednesday, July 26 around 1:33 a.m., reportedly getting in by forcing open the front door. Once inside, he stole four laptops.
The second incident occurred on Saturday, August 5 around 10 p.m. when the suspect entered Atelier Esthetique by forcing open the door. He also allegedly forced open the register and took $300.
The man was described as Hispanic and was last seen wearing a t-shirt and shorts. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for swinging crowbar at McDonald’s, Man wanted for cell phone store thefts

MAN NABBED FOR SWINGING CROWBAR AND MAKING THREATS MCDONALD’S
Police arrested 38-year-old George Boone for menacing inside the McDonald’s at 26 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 8:58 a.m. The victim told police that he was waiting in line at the restaurant when Boone allegedly came up behind him and began swinging a metal crowbar at him. The victim said that Boone said, “Who wants to die today?”

Cell phone theft suspect

Cell phone theft suspect

MAN WANTED FOR MULTIPLE CELL PHONE STORE THEFTS
The NYPD is looking for a man believed to be behind a string of thefts from cell phone stores in Gramercy, Midtown and the Upper West Side.
The suspect reportedly swiped two cell phones from a Verizon Store at 395 Third Avenue on Sunday, January 22 at 5:15 p.m. by cutting the security devices. Police said that he fled in an unknown direction.
Earlier in the month on Saturday, January 7 at 3:25 p.m., the suspect took two cell phones from an AT&T Store located at 2066 Broadway near West 72nd Street and fled without paying. Twenty minutes later, he reportedly cut the security devices on two cell phones inside a Metro PC store located at 664 Ninth Avenue at West 46th Street and fled without paying.
On January 18 at 6:35 p.m., the suspect reportedly entered a T-Mobile store at 610 Ninth Avenue near West 43rd Street and removed two cell phones by cutting the security devices, then fled north on Ninth Avenue.
The suspect is described as 5’10”, 165-175 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a quarter-length over coat. He has a distinctive scar on the left side of his head right above the ear.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police Watch: Rape at Beauty Bar, Slashing at methadone clinic

POLICE ARREST MAN SUSPECTED OF RAPE AT BEAUTY BAR
Thirty-year-old Brenton Maughn-Tulloch was arrested for rape inside Beauty Bar at 231 East 14th Street last Saturday at 1:41 a.m. Police said that Maughn-Tulloch was inside a bathroom stall at the location doing lines of cocaine with a woman when he allegedly raped her. According to the DA’s office, Maughn-Tulloch pulled off the victim’s pants and pinned her against the wall of the bathroom before sexually assaulting her.
When he was searched, he was also in possession of alleged marijuana.
Maughn-Tulloch’s attorney did not return a request for comment before T&V’s press time.

MAN SLASHED IN FIGHT AT METHADONE CLINIC
Police arrested two men involved in a fight inside the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 429 Second Avenue last Friday at 8:26 a.m. Police said that 44-year-old Nelson Segui and 44-year-old Luis Ramirez were both standing in line at the clinic when they got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight. Segui allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed Ramirez, causing an injury to his lip, and police said that his jacket was cut numerous times. Ramirez allegedly punched Segui in the face and picked up a garbage can, hitting Segui in the face and causing redness and swelling.

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Police Watch: Subway mugger threatens victims on 1 train, Man arrested for Dig Inn burglary

Suspect of two robberies

Suspect of two robberies

SUBWAY MUGGER THREATENS VICTIMS WITH CLUB, KNIFE
Police are on the lookout for a mugger who threatened two straphangers, one with a metal club, the other with a knife at the 14th Street 1 train station.
The first incident took place on Sunday, November 27 at around 4:15 a.m. when the thug approached a 33-year-old victim on a stairway. He pulled out a metal club and demanded her bag. The victim complied and the mugger fled with her bag, which contained $200, a MetroCard and other bank and ID cards.
On Monday, December 5 at around 5 a.m., police believe the same man pulled a knife on a 68-year-old man at the station and demanded cash. The victim, however, was able to get on the train without giving the mugger anything.
Police have surveillance photos of the suspect using the MetroCard belonging to the first victim at the Utica Avenue 3/4 train station in Brooklyn on Monday, November 28. In another photo, he’s seen fleeing the subway.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY
Police arrested 21-year-old Brandon Hart for burglary last Friday at 10 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. An employee for Dig Inn, a restaurant at 1178 Broadway, told police that she had a purse containing two credit cards, cash, school books and an iPad in the employee locker room on December 7 and that she later discovered was missing. Another employee at the restaurant told police that her wallet went missing the same day after she had also left it in the employee locker room. Police said that Hart could be seen on surveillance video rummaging around the locker room area on December 7 around 12:30 p.m. and he allegedly made a video statement admitting that he took the purse and wallet, keeping the cash and disposing of the rest of the property in an alley in Queens.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for Flatiron shooting, Man busted for ‘drugs’ in Stuy Town

THREE ARRESTED IN FLATIRON SHOOTING
Police arrested three men in connection with a shooting in Flatiron in front of 105 West 22nd Street on Sunday at 12:55 a.m. The New York Daily News reported that the incident occurred at a book signing in the Auxiliary Lounge for the self-published erotic novella, “She’s Dickmatized,” by Tania Marie.
Police said that multiple shots were fired into a crowd near the lounge and a man with a gun was seen running into a black Mercedes. Ramel Harkless, 38, allegedly got into the backseat of the vehicle, which police said left the location and ran multiple red lights before abruptly coming to a stop. Police followed the Mercedes and when they stopped the vehicle, the found that Harkless was the only person in the backseat, while 45-year-old Barry Wiles was driving and 43-year-old Joseph Saunders was in the passenger’s seat. Police said they found a gun on the floor of the back passenger’s seat where Harkless had been sitting.
The victim was shot in the abdomen, torso, groin and in the leg. The suspects were arrested in front of 41 East 19th Street. The Daily News identified the victim as Robert Lowman and reported that Harkless and Lowman are both affiliated with the street gang the Bloods.
Harkless, Wiles and Saunders were charged with weapons possession. Wiles was also charged with reckless endangerment and Harkless was additionally charged with assault.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 34-year-old Justin Stewart for possession of a controlled substance in front of 321 Avenue C last Thursday at 9:25 a.m. Police said that Stewart was seen holding an unknown controlled substance in plain view on the sidewalk.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING CYCLIST
Police arrested 37-year-old Tashi Phuntsok for assault at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street last Tuesday at 7:26 p.m. The victim told police that he was riding his bike when Phuntsok allegedly cut him off at the intersection. He and the victim proceeded to get into an argument. Phuntsok allegedly threw the victim to the ground and started kicking and punching him, causing an injury to his head and right hand, although he refused medical assistance at the scene.

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Cops hunting serial ice cream thieves hitting local drugstores

Surveillance photos of three of the individuals were captured at the time of the incident inside the Duane Reade at 67 Broad Street.

Surveillance photos of three of the individuals were captured at the time of the incident inside the Duane Reade at 67 Broad Street.

Cops are on the lookout for four relentless ice cream thieves who’ve been hitting drug stores in Flatiron, Kips Bay and other Manhattan neighborhoods, in some cases managing to swipe hundreds of cartons at a time.

Recent news reports indicate that there’s a trend in people stealing the treats from stores not for personal use during a particularly scalding summer but for resale to bodegas.

In February, Philip Jaudoa, 28, was arrested for allegedly stealing over $3,000 worth of ice cream and energy drinks from multiple stores.

In this string of thefts — 14 known cases — the male suspects have pilfered the good stuff: Haagen-Dazs, Talenti and Ben & Jerry’s, as well as the occasional haul of Red Bull energy drinks.

According to police, the first incident was on November 16, 2015 when the suspects strolled into the CVS located at 300 Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street and stole 40 cartons of Haagen-Dazs and 25 Red Bulls.

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Police Watch: ‘Drunk’ drivers arrested, ‘Groper’ busted in Union Square

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HANGING OUTSIDE OF CAR
Police arrested 28-year-old Saman Ebrahimzadeh in front of 114 West 16th Street for intoxicated driving last Sunday at 4:40 a.m. Police said that Ebrahimzadeh was driving east on West 16th Street when he and his passenger allegedly began to hang outside of the car while it was moving. When they were stopped, Ebrahimzadeh allegedly had slurred speech and bloodshot watery eyes.

SUBWAY ‘GRINDER’ BUSTED AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 53-year-old Glenn Gordon for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Thursday at 7:48 p.m. Gordon allegedly rubbed his groin area on the victim’s buttocks multiple times while they were on a downtown 4 train. Police said that he and the victim did not know each other.

TEEN PHONE ‘THIEF’ CAUGHT BY GOOD SAMARITAN
An alleged attempt by an 18-year-old to run off with a woman’s phone was foiled by a Good Samaritan last Friday.
The victim told police that she was standing in front of 200 Park Avenue South at 8:43 p.m. when Nickoles Rodriguez, 18, allegedly snatched her phone out of her hand and fled. However, police said that Rodriguez was stopped at the northeast corner of East 18th Street and Broadway by a civilian. The teen was later charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

MAN ACCUSED OF SPITTING AT AND BITING EMT
Police arrested Thomas Thompson for assault last Friday at 9:45 a.m. at First Avenue and East 30th Street. An EMT told police that he was treating a patient on East 30th Street when Thompson allegedly approached him and became belligerent. Police said that Thompson then tried to get into the ambulance and leave with the patient who was inside. The EMT said that he ended up not getting in the ambulance but that he did approach the vehicle while it was attempting to drive away and allegedly continued to shout before spitting in the EMT’s face, police said. The EMT opened the door of the ambulance, at which point Thompson allegedly tried to spit at him again. He put up his hand to block Thompson from spitting at him but the suspect then allegedly bit the EMT’s hand.

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Police Watch: CVS shoplifter arrested near Stuy Town, Off-duty officer assaulted

STUY TOWN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER HELPS NAB SHOPLIFTER WHO FLED IN CAB
Police arrested 25-year-old Jonathan Immitti for petit larceny and possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 5:59 p.m. An employee of the CVS at 275 Third Avenue said that she saw Immitti taking 35 packages of over-the-counter medication from the shelf and placing them in his pants so she immediately informed the store manager.
The manager tried to stop Immitti from leaving but the suspect allegedly fled the store without paying and hailed a cab. The store manager saw the cab’s medallion number, which was put out on the radio and Stuyvesant Town’s Public Safety department heard the transmission. Not long after, a Public Safety officer saw the cab at East 16th and Avenue C, where he stopped the cab but Immitti allegedly fled on foot. The officer canvassed the area and Immitti was arrested shortly after.
The District Attorney’s office said that Immitti pleaded guilty at the arraignment to petit larceny and was sentenced to 15 days jail.

TWO ARRESTED IN ASSAULT OF OFF-DUTY OFFICER
Police arrested two people in front of the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 7 a.m. Reginald Legaspi, 21, and Pena Kumsiri, 27, allegedly punched an off-duty police officer in the face, causing serious pain and facial bruising. Police said that during the assault, Legaspi and Kumsiri took the officer’s gun from its holster. Kumsiri also allegedly punched another unknown person in the face. Legaspi and Kumsiri were both charged with gang assault and Kumsiri was charged with an additional count of assault. The officer’s gun was later recovered.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STEALING’ $20,000 WORTH OF HANDBAGS
Nineteen-year-old Michelle Mendoza was arrested for grand larceny and possession of stolen property inside the 13th Precinct on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Police said that Mendoza stole the victim’s designer handbags valued at over $20,000. It wasn’t clear where they’d been allegedly taken from.

MAN BUSTED FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’ AT FLATIRON CLUB
Police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Williams for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the 40/40 club at 6 West 25th Street last Sunday at 2:13 a.m. Williams was seen on video allegedly taking a cell phone from the counter in the unisex bathroom while the victim had her back turned. Police said that Williams never attempted to give the phone to any authority figure. After the victim reported that her phone had been taken, the general manager of the club watched the surveillance video and approached Williams, demanding that the phone be returned. Williams allegedly said that there wasn’t anything that he needed to give back and the manager responded that he would be calling the police. At that point, Williams allegedly went to the table where he was sitting and retrieved the phone from another woman.

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