Woman charged with thefts from gym lockers

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a woman for an alleged theft from the NoMad SoulCycle location at 12 West 27th Street earlier this month. Police said that 32-year-old Lauren Woods stole cash and prescription pills from lockers inside the locker room on three different dates between July 24 and August 17.

According to the district attorney’s office, Woods could be seen on surveillance video entering the gym’s locker room on Tuesday, July 24 around 6:50 a.m. while carrying a pink shopping bag. Police said that she could be seen on the video opening a locker and removing multiple items from a bag, putting the items in her shopping bag and leaving the locker room. The woman whose bag Woods allegedly stole from in this incident told police that two bottles of Adderall were missing from her bag.

The DA’s office said that Woods could be seen on surveillance video again on Monday, August 13 at 6:45 a.m. with a pink shopping bag and allegedly went into a locker and removed cash. The second victim told police that $180 in cash was missing from her bag when she went to check on it.

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Burglaries, thefts spike in 13th Precinct

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney with 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala, police officer John Considine, Executive Officer Christopher Zaffiro and police officer Vinnie Arlotta (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney with 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala, police officer John Considine, Executive Officer Christopher Zaffiro and police officer Vinnie Arlotta (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

While crime has been down overall in the 13th Precinct this past month, the area has been having problems with residential burglaries and grand larcenies.

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney shared the stats at a 13th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, including the fact there has been a 100 percent increase in burglaries. Most of these were residential.

East 25th Street has been a particularly popular area for these criminals, with eight of these incidents taking place on that street between Second and Third Avenue. Timoney noted that there haven’t been any arrests in these incidents and although the NYPD has video for two of the burglaries, they have no other leads for the others and so far have made no arrests.

“It’s all about locking the doors and windows,” he said. “There’s lots of construction work being done in that area and workers and supers are leaving the doors wide open and people who don’t belong there are getting into the building.”

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