Thief steals $22G in laptops from Gramercy school

Theft suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a sartorially challenged thief who swiped $22,000 worth of Apple laptops from School of the Future.

The unknown suspect, a light-skinned man, possibly around 30, was seen on surveillance video wearing a backwards blue cap and red jeans, while trying to break into various lockers. Police say on June 17 at around 8 p.m., he somehow gained entry to a room and took 13 MacBooks. It isn’t clear how he got into the public school building at 127 East 22nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

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

Police Watch: Drug, drunk driving arrests this week

Nineteen-year-old Mahamood Davis was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct at the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street last Tuesday at 1:13 a.m. Police said that Davis was seen walking away from the scene of a crime and fit the description of a man wanted for grand larceny. When Davis saw police approaching him, he allegedly became evasive by changing direction. As police approached him, Davis allegedly refused orders to stop and walked away. Police officers chased him and said that Davis ran for about two blocks with police in pursuit on foot and in cars. After catching him, police said physical force had to be used to bring Davis to the ground. Police said that he resisted being handcuffed by flailing his arms and legs and refusing to place his hands behind his back. Police did not have enough evidence to charge him with the initial grand larceny for which they were originally pursuing him.

Police arrested 27-year-old John Moses for intent to sell a controlled substance at the corner of First Avenue and East 18th Street last Friday at 6 p.m. Police said that Moses was seen exchanging an amount of a controlled substance for cash with another person then recklessly drove the wrong way on a one way street, disregarding the traffic lights, while allegedly attempting to flee. Police said that he also did not obey orders to stop and he then entered the FDR, recklessly changed lanes and almost caused multiple accidents. He was also charged with sale of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested 59-year-old Samuel Roberts at the corner of First Avenue and East 16th Street last Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Public Safety officers for Stuyvesant Town told police that Roberts was trying to cut the lock off a bicycle without permission to do so.

Police arrested 31-year-old Brian O’Neill for intoxicated driving in front of 1107 Broadway last Saturday at 2:55 a.m. O’Neill was driving south on Broadway at West 24th Street, where police then saw him stopped at a green light with the car running. An officer went up to the car and O’Neill had the window down. Police said that there was an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and O’Neill was allegedly slumped over inside the car and was incoherent. A check with PBT allegedly read .21 at the scene, and police said that at the precinct, O’Neill blew .16 on a Breathalyzer. O’Neill was also charged with harassment.
Calogera Narbone, 57, was arrested for impaired driving last Sunday at 1:23 a.m. in front of 167 West 23rd Street. Narbone was seen vomiting on the side of the road and police said that when they followed her, she failed to stay in the lane. After stopping her, they asked if she would consent to a BAC test and she allegedly refused.

Forty-year-old Benny Mamedou was arrested for petit larceny and criminal mischief at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:50 p.m. Mamedou allegedly attempted to break a bicycle lock by kicking the bike with extreme force, causing scratches to the bike. Police said that he then looked around to see if he was being watched and then fled the scene. Mamedou was also charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance because he allegedly removed property from a store at 184 Fifth Avenue and tried to leave without paying. Police said he was also in possession of a wax paper baggie with alleged heroin residue.

Police arrested multiple people last week for selling merchandise without a Department of Consumer Affairs license and were charged with unclassified New York State law misdemeanors.
Mamadou Sylla, 41, was arrested at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 28th Street last Monday for selling sunglasses.
Martha Yancha, 26, and Puelas Aqelina, 52, were arrested last Sunday morning around 11:30 a.m. near the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 16th Street. Police said that the two women were selling assorted necklaces, bracelets and hats.
Police arrested 35-year-old Heriberto Lecler in front of 5 West 19th Street last Sunday at 1:25 p.m. Lecler was allegedly selling more than five selfie sticks.
Eighteen-year-old Carlos Chan Perez was arrested at Fifth Avenue and West 28th Street last Sunday at 2:55 p.m. Perez was allegedly selling bubble guns.

Police arrested 51-year-old Steven Baker and 25-year-old Leomar Rivas-Veras for an alleged drug deal that took place in front of 43 West 26th Street last Friday at 10 p.m. Baker was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Rivas-Veras was charged with intent to sell a glassine envelope of crystal meth.

Police arrested 25-year-old Julian Pomales inside the 13th Precinct last Saturday at noon for grand larceny. Police said that Pomales entered an apartment and helped himself to two MacBooks, totaling approximately $3,500. Information on the location of the theft was not available.

Gregory Bacchiano, 24, was arrested in front of 227 East 19th Street for criminal mischief last Saturday at 6:35 p.m. The victim told police that he got into a fight with Bacchiano, who allegedly slapped the victim’s cell phone out of his hand, causing it to fall to the ground. Police said that the incident caused the screen to crack and the phone wouldn’t work properly afterwards.

Police arrested 27-year-old Christopher Ortiz for intent to sell a controlled substance at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Thursday at 6:19 p.m. Police said that Ortiz sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover officer in exchange for cash. After police searched him, they found that he was allegedly in possession of marijuana and a controlled substance. He was also charged with sale of a controlled substance and marijuana possession.

Police arrested 61-year-old Richard Franklin for petit larceny in front of a Ricky’s shop 7 East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:59 p.m. Franklin allegedly took eyeglasses off a rack, put them in his jacket pocket and tried to leave without paying. Franklin was also charged with possession of stolen property.