By Sabina Mollot
No longer content with swiping mail and packages from building lobbies, some thieves are brazenly stealing entire carts full of mail as postal carriers make their rounds in Manhattan.
Police say that the thieves are specifically looking for checks, money orders and credit cards.
A story in The New York Post on Sunday reported that 19 incidents have occurred in the borough since last summer, with the thieves wearing postal uniforms and waiting for carriers to get distracted before making their moves in broad daylight.
A couple of the incidents took place in Union Square. On January 26 in front of 18 East 16th Street at 1:40 p.m., the mailman was delivering mail and when he returned to his cart, it was gone. The same thing happened four days later at 140 East 17th Street at 4 p.m. The Post reported similar incidents have taken place in Murray Hill and on the Upper East Side.
Cops have also been warning consumers about thefts perpetrated by mailbox fishing, in which thieves will reel out mail from mailboxes using a stick and glue. Police told Town & Village this type of crime has spiked in Upper Manhattan, The Bronx and Queens.
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.