Teens wanted for string of electronic toothbrush thefts

Surveillance photos of suspects from the third incident in Murray Hill

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a group of teenagers suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronic toothbrushes from Duane Reades throughout the city, including from a store in Gramercy. The four incidents all took place in April, although police only announced the pattern this week. The first theft took place inside the Duane Reade at 125 Third Avenue near East 14th Street on Sunday, April 9 at 9:18 p.m. when the suspects reportedly grabbed $1,264 worth of electronic toothbrushes from the shelves and fled.

The next two incidents took place two days later on April 11 in stores on the Upper East Side. Police said that the suspects entered a Duane Reade at 1091 Lexington Avenue at 5:07 p.m. and swiped $1,210 worth of electronic toothbrushes before fleeing, then stole $3,030 worth of electronic toothbrushes from a Duane Reade at 1352 First Avenue at 5:20 p.m.

The last known incident took place on Sunday, April 23 when the suspects made off with  $160 worth of electronic toothbrushes from a Duane Reade at 155 East 34th Street near Third Avenue.

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Woman’s credit cards used after she may have dropped wallet on 6 train road bed

July13 Credit cards

Larceny suspect

 

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who used a 22-year-old woman’s credit cards in the Bronx after she may have lost them in the tracks of a subway station at 23rd Street.

The victim told cops she believes she dropped her wallet on the northbound 6 train road bed on June 23 and that this is where the suspect found it. Purchases were later made at a MetroCard vending machine inside the 149th Street and 3rd Avenue subway station in the Bronx. The suspect is described as black and was wearing a black t-shirt with a gold Adidas symbol on the front.

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 www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Teen arrested for selling stolen defibrillators from Washington Irving building

Washington Irving High School, pictured last April (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 18-year-old Anthony Johnson last Tuesday for selling defibrillators stolen from the Washington Irving High School campus at 40 Irving Place last May.

Police said that an employee noticed two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were missing from the school’s eighth floor and basement on May 15.

Johnson allegedly admitted stealing the two AEDs from the school before that date and selling them online. It was unclear how Johnson reportedly gained access to the basement of the building where the AEDs were stored.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for BB gun, Senior busted for groping

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING VICTIM WITH BB GUN OVER PARKING DISPUTE
Police arrested 29-year-old Kastriot Lajqi after he allegedly pulled a BB gun on someone he was arguing with over a parking spot and indicated he was cop.
Police said last Sunday at 11 p.m. when Lajqi and the victim were arguing in front of 200 Park Avenue South, Lajqi reached over behind the passenger’s seat of his car and took out a BB gun. He then allegedly pointed it at the victim while saying, “I will blow your f—king head off.” Police said that Lajqi also retrieved a baseball cap with the letters “NYPD” and an NYPD patch on it and he allegedly said, “You see this, don’t f—k with me.” Police said he then fled north on Park Avenue South but was arrested soon after.
Police confirmed that Lajqi is not a member of the NYPD.
He was charged with alleged impersonation of a police officer and menacing.

OCTOGENARIAN ARRESTED FOR GROPING
Police arrested 85-year-old Zhen Huang for sexual abuse in front of 4 Perlman Place last Monday at 7:20 a.m. The victim told police that she was walking outside as she and Huang crossed paths. When he walked by her, he allegedly grabbed the victim’s upper thigh for no legitimate purpose.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 32-year-old Roberto Vasquez for robbery in front of the Children’s Rescue Fund at 4 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 5:25 a.m. Vasquez allegedly robbed the victim at gunpoint, then fled with the cash. Vasquez was also charged with weapons possession and possession of stolen property, although a gun was not recovered from the scene.

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Homeless man arrested for violent Kips Bay mugging

Darnell Williams

By Sabina Mollot

A homeless man from the 30th Street men’s shelter has been arrested for allegedly bashing a woman over the head with an unknown object multiple times in an attempt to get her bag.

Police say Darnell Williams, 29, was picked up at the shelter, known locally as Bellevue, on Thursday night, after being recognized by police from surveillance footage.

Cops said Williams has a lengthy criminal history and was released from prison two months ago after a five year stint for a robbery upstate.

He also has arrests for grand larceny in upstate areas as well as an arrest for criminal trespass in the city.

In the most recent incident, on February 26, the victim, a 37-year-old woman was walking along Second Avenue at 34th Street when a man approached her from behind and struck her on the head. He then pulled on her bag, knocking her down in the process. While the victim was still on the ground, her attacker continued to hit her in the head with the object before fleeing empty-handed. The woman was taken to NYU Hospital for treatment.

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Thefts from homes up in 13th Precinct

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The 13th Precinct has seen a spike in the theft of unattended property recently, in part thanks to criminally rude dates.

The precinct’s commanding officer Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said that bar-hoppers have getting stolen from after inviting strangers up to their apartments and waking up the next morning to discover that items had been stolen.

Timoney discussed the crimes at the most recent community council meeting at the end of last month.

The deputy inspector also pointed to thefts by hired help as one of the culprits for the increase. The NYPD has previously said that 50 complaints have been made of residential thefts in the city, allegedly committed by apartment cleaners hired through the app Handy, and Timoney reiterated that residents should be wary services that give employees access to residents’ apartments.

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Police Watch: Senior stabbed in store robbery, man arrested for flipping table

SENIOR STABBED IN SIXTH AVENUE STORE ROBBERY
Police are on the lookout for three robbers, one of whom stabbed a 63-year-old man working at Xcellent DVD store at 515 Sixth Avenue before the trio made off with the cash register.
The men entered the Sunday at 4:40 a.m. and one of the suspects stabbed the victim in his left side before taking the cash register, which contained an undetermined amount of cash. The suspects fled the store West 13th Street towards heading west towards Seventh Avenue. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was treated and released.
One of the suspects was described as a black man, approximately 5’8” tall, 160 lbs., and was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and a surgical mask. The second suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man, approximately 6’0” tall, 170 lbs., and was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket. The third suspect is described as a white man who was last seen wearing a red and black flannel jacket. 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 website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FLIPPING TABLE AFTER DEMANDING MILLER LITE
Police arrested 33-year-old Anthony Williams after he allegedly flipped a table and injured an employee inside Bistango at 415 Third Avenue last Friday at 11:15 p.m. Police said that Williams walked into the restaurant and demanded a Miller Lite. An employee told Williams that the restaurant doesn’t sell Miller Lite and asked him to leave. In response, Williams allegedly flipped a table over, causing bruising to the victim’s ribs. Police said that multiple glasses and plates broke when Williams knocked the table over. Williams allegedly fled the restaurant and when he was stopped by police, he allegedly swung a bag containing two beers at the officer. He was ultimately arrested in front of 535 Second Avenue. He was charged with resisting arrest, assault and criminal mischief.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘kicking’ dog, Teen busted for ‘groping’

MAN ALLEGEDLY KICKED DOG OUTSIDE STUY TOWN BUILDING
Police arrested 38-year-old John O’Connor for kicking a dog in front of 430 East 20th Street on Friday, December 19 at 9:30 a.m. Police said that O’Connor got into an argument with the victim over her dog barking at his dog. The victim bent down to check on O’Connor’s dog, who she said seemed scared, when O’Connor allegedly kicked the victim’s dog in the mouth, causing the animal to yelp and cry. The victim said that she brought her dog to the ASPCA Hospital for further examination and her dog didn’t have any life-threatening injuries. Stuyvesant Town surveillance video was able to identify O’Connor and Public Safety worked with the NYPD to arrest him. O’Connor was charged with torturing and injuring an animal at the 13th Precinct last Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.

TEEN BUSTED FOR GROPING AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenager for sexual abuse inside the Washington Irving High School building at 40 Irving Place last Thursday. The victim told police that while riding the elevator at school at 4 p.m., she felt the boy touch her back but thought it was because the elevator was crowded, so she shrugged it off. She then felt a hand squeeze her buttocks and when she turned around to face him, the teen put his hands up. When a school administrator asked him what happened, he apologized but didn’t give an explanation as to why he did it. The victim is a student at Gramercy Arts High School and the suspect goes to International High School. The name of the suspect is being withheld due to his young age.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenager for assault inside 40 Irving Place last Friday at 2:34 p.m. Police said that the teen punched the victim in the face, causing a cut on her lip and bruising.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING ON FDR
Police arrested 37-year-old Henry Tinajero for intoxicated driving on the FDR near East 25th Street last Friday at 11:25 p.m. Police were responding to the location because of a collision Tinajero was allegedly involved in. Police said that the suspect was driving and allegedly had an odor of alcohol emanating from his breath.

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IT worker allegedly sold NYPD members’, applicants’ information

235 East 20th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

235 East 20th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 37-year-old Idahosa Ighodaro, an NYPD certified IT administrator, for grand larceny in the department’s offices at 235 East 20th Street last Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Ighodaro allegedly sold personnel information on almost 5,000 current members and applicants of the NYPD.

Police said that as a certified IT administrator, Ighodaro has access to personnel files that include information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, tax identification numbers and other personal identifying information.

According to a complaint from the District Attorney’s office, Ighodaro gave an informant an external hard drive belonging to the NYPD at the end of last November near East 20th Street and Third Avenue. An officer for the Internal Affairs Bureau at the NYPD said that Ighodaro didn’t have permission to take the hard drive from his office or give it to anyone else and a sergeant for the computer crimes section at Internal Affairs determined that the hard drive contained personal identifying information, including social security numbers, for approximately 4,760 members and applicants of the NYPD.

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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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Creep steals bag from 80-year-old woman in Stuy Town

ST buildings

Stuyvesant Town

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for a man who snatched a bag from an 80-year-old woman in Stuyvesant Town on Monday.

At around 12:30 p.m., the woman was approached by the man on the sidewalk in front of 278 First Avenue. He asked her which way Fifth Avenue was and when she pointed in that direction, he grabbed her purse, which had been in a basket in her walker, and fled towards East 18th Street.

The thief got away with $400 in cash and various credit cards. The woman was unharmed.

The suspect is described as being white and six feet tall.

On Tuesday, police from the 13th Precinct stopped by the Stuyvesant Town Community Center to drop off some fliers listing safety tips like not hanging bags in walkers.

Paula Chirhart, a spokesperson for StuyTown property Services, said management has surveillance footage of the incident and has beefed up security in the area.

Police Watch: Teen arrested for putting cop in headlock, Knife point robbery at shelter

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PUTTING COP IN HEADLOCK ON FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested a teenager at the corner of First Avenue and East 15th Street last Wednesday at 7 p.m. for assault of a peace officer. Police were attempting to place the teen under arrest in regards to an attempted robbery when he flailed his arms and pushed the officer’s hands away. The teen also punched the officer in the face and placed the officer in a headlock, attempting to cut off the officer’s breathing.
The teen, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was also charged with obstruction of breath, resisting arrest, an unclassified misdemeanor and assault.

KNIFEPOINT ROBBERY AT 30TH STREET MEN’S SHELTER
Police arrested 45-year-old John Jemison for allegedly robbing another man at knifepoint at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street. The victim told police that he and Jemison got into an argument over money last Tuesday at 9:24 p.m. when Jemison allegedly pulled out a gravity knife and held it up to his throat while reaching into the victim’s pocket and taking out cash. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

MAN BUSTED FOR BREAKING CAR MIRRORS IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 21-year-old John Christian in front of 505 East 14th Street last Friday at 3:28 a.m. for allegedly smashing car mirrors. Stuyvesant Town Public Safety told police that they had received a complaint about a man damaging the cars.
When police arrived in the area, they saw Christian allegedly in the act of damaging a car mirror and after he was stopped, police said that there were six cars nearby with similar damage. He was charged with criminal mischief.

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Police Watch: Subway ‘muggers’ busted, Stuy Town ‘trespassers’ arrested

SUBWAY ‘MUGGERS’ ARRESTED
Police arrested two men and a woman for allegedly attacking a straphanger during a robbery at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Saturday. Eighteen-year-old Samantha Ruiz, 25-year-old Abdoulaye Sow and 25-year-old Abdoulaye Diallo were charged with robbery and assault. Police said that around noon, Ruiz followed the victim downstairs into the subway where she and the two men she was with allegedly forcibly snatched the victim’s wallet, and punched and kicked him. The blows caused injuries to his head, face, shoulders and back. Police said it was Ruiz who took the victim’s wallet and when she was searched, the wallet was allegedly found in her jacket, in addition to alleged marijuana and alleged cocaine. She was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Police said that marijuana was also recovered from Sow’s pocket and he was charged with possession of marijuana.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT’ ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 56-year-old Bernard Butts for unlawful imprisonment and menacing inside 145 East 23rd Street last Friday at 5:40 p.m. Police said that Butts forced the victim into an apartment inside the building and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t comply. The victim said that Butts kept his hand in his pocket so it was unclear if the suspect actually had a weapon. The victim said that he was in fear for his life and didn’t feel that he was free to go at any point.

‘TRESPASSERS’ ARRESTED IN STUY TOWN LOBBY, ONE WITH COUNTERFEIT CASH
Twenty-year-olds Rafael Galarza and Jermaine Rivera were arrested inside the lobby of 250 First Avenue last Wednesday at 12:49 a.m. Stuy Town security officers told police that Galarza and Rivera were seen inside the lobby without permission and didn’t know anyone in the building. Police said Galarza opened and took items out of a brown box that didn’t belong to him. He was also in possession of 13 allegedly counterfeit 100 dollar bills and was charged with forgery, petit larceny and criminal trespass.
Police also recovered a small amount of alleged marijuana from Riviera, who was charged with criminal trespass and possession of marijuana.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SLASHING’ WOMAN ON WEST 23RD
Forty-year-old Kari Bazemore was arrested for assault last Wednesday at 11:10 p.m. inside the 13th precinct for assault and weapons possession. Police said that Bazemore slashed an unknown woman in the face while she was walking west on West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 5:50 a.m. The 24-year-old victim sustained a cut on her top and bottom lip and on the left side of her face. She was treated at Bellevue Hospital and received seven stitches for her injuries.
Bazemore was arrested after a man walking near St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday at 6 p.m. recognized Bazemore from surveillance video he had seen on television. The man called 911 and began to follow him. While he was following Bazemore, he came upon two mounted police officers and told them what was going on. The officers called for assistance and police from the Midtown North precinct took Bazemore into custody.

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Neighbors complain about noise from First Avenue cocktail lounge

Lieutenant Steven Lebovic at Tuesday’s 13th Precinct Community Council meeting Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Lieutenant Steven Lebovic at Tuesday’s 13th Precinct Community Council meeting (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

After hearing complaints about ongoing noise from new pizzeria/cocktail bar Visana from neighbors, police said that they would step up their enforcement regarding noise infractions.

This was at the most recent 13th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday when neighbors of Visana, who live above the business as well as next door complained about the noise and crowds outside the place. Visana opened at 321 First Avenue at the end of September, in the space formerly occupied by Adriatic restaurant.

“My life there has always been quiet,” said Jorge Rios, who has lived directly above the space since 1970. “Restaurants have always been quiet but now that business changed the whole picture. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is fine but Thursday through Saturday I can’t sleep until 4 in the morning.”

Another resident at 321 said that one of the reasons for the excessive noise seemed to be the crowds of people gathered on the sidewalk outside the building.

“On Saturday, the noise was incredible and people couldn’t walk from 18th to 19th without walking into bike path,” said the resident, who didn’t want to give her name. “People were walking into the street and almost getting hit by bikes to avoid the crowds.”

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Police Watch: Body found near NYU Langone, ‘Mugger’ arrested on East 23rd

BODY FOUND IN STORM DRAIN NEAR NYU LANGONE
This Tuesday around 11:39 a.m., police found an unconscious man inside a storm drain near East 33rd Street and First Avenue. The man was unconscious and unresponsive, police said. EMS soon arrived and pronounced the man deceased at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. Police are withholding the man’s name pending proper family notification.

‘MUGGER’ ARRESTED ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 33-year-old Bryan Fuge for robbery in front of 23 East 23rd Street last Saturday at 9:16 p.m. Police said that Fuge followed a woman along the sidewalk and when she entered a dimly lit area he allegedly charged at her and forcibly snatched her pocketbook, causing the strap to break. Police said that Fuge fled east, which wound up being towards four plainclothes officers.
An officer then identified himself by stating, “Police, don’t move,” and Fuge yelled and allegedly lowered his shoulder, ramming into the officers. Police said that he resisted arrest by shoving, striking and writhing around while maintaining possession of the bag. Police said that Fuge is a suspect in two other robberies in the 13th and 17th precincts and was currently on parole. He was charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SWIPING’ PURSE AT PARK AVE. SOUTH AND EAST 22ND
Police arrested 31-year-old Jenea Osborne at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for grand larceny and possession of stolen property. The victim told police that she was eating a salad with her friend when someone came up to her and told her that he saw her bag get taken. She said that she had an iPad inside her bag. A witness told police that he saw Osborne walk into the store with a man who was behaving in a disorderly manner and he saw Osborne take the victim’s bag. The witness said that the man who was with Osborne left the store and came back briefly to make sure that no one was following her.
Officers later searched the area and put a description on the radio. Two officers were canvassing the uptown 6 train station and stopped Osborne since she fit the description. Police said that prior to the stop, they witnessed Osborne throw the black handbag into the train tracks. The witness made a positive ID of Osborne when she was arrested. The victim told police that she didn’t see her bag get taken but when the bag was recovered she said that it was hers.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘GROPING’ WOMAN ON 4 TRAIN
Police arrested 41-year-old Francisco Garcia at the Union Square subway station for sexual abuse last Friday at 12:18 p.m. Police said that Garcia was on a downtown 4 train, allegedly rubbing and pressing his groin area against the victim’s buttocks and hip multiple times.

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