Men stealing handbags from Flatiron Michael Kors

Suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for two men they say have been swiping handbags from the Michael Kors store in Flatiron.

Police were able to get a fuzzy photo of two suspects, though it isn’t clear if they were involved in all recently reported incidents of theft at the store. Police are aware of eight thefts of handbags at the location at 133 Fifth Avenue since January 10.

On January 10, three handbags were taken. On January 13, another three bags were stolen. On January 16, two bags were stolen with another four, along with a keychain, stolen on January 20. On January 31, three handbags were stolen. On February 6, five Mercer bags, which range in price from $250-$500, were taken. Another three Mercers were stolen on February 10, which is the most recent known incident.

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Police Watch: Assault in Kips Bay, Man arrested for theft

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF WOMAN ON KIPS BAY STREET
Police arrested 31-year-old Lindell Caulet for an alleged assault in front of 121 East 24th Street last Sunday at 6:43 p.m. The victim told police that Caulet punched her on the side of the head, knocking her head into a pole on the sidewalk. The victim said that she suffered from pain and swelling on the side of her head as a result of the incident. Police did not have further information about what started the incident.

SUSPECT BUSTED FOR THEFT FROM KIPS BAY APARTMENT
Police arrested 34-year-old Terrence O’Connell for alleged petit larceny and possession of stolen property in the victim’s apartment on Third Avenue near East 28th Street last Sunday at 5:01 p.m. The victim told police that she knew O’Connell and he had slept at her apartment but when she woke up the next morning, she realized that he had taken her iPad, cash, some of her clothing and jewelry.

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Purse-snatching suspect arrested at Food Emporium

Union Square Food Emporium (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 39-year-old man for a string of alleged purse snatchings around Union Square last Tuesday afternoon. Daniel Negrin was busted inside the Food Emporium at 10 Union Square East after he allegedly took a woman’s purse that was on top of her shopping cart and tried to leave the store. A store security officer who saw the incident stopped Negrin as he was attempting to flee. Police said that video surveillance showed Negrin taking the victim’s bag out of her cart, and the victim told police that her bag contained credit cards as well as a Louis Vuitton organizer worth more than $1,000.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for firing gun, Broomstick assault at W. 28th

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR FIRING GUN IN FRONT OF STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested 38-year-old Jamah Joseph for assault, weapons possession and reckless endangerment last Monday at 10 p.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Joseph fired multiple shots at a group of people who were standing in front of 224 East 28th Street on January 18 at 10:25 p.m. with intent to cause serious injuries.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH BROOMSTICK AT W. 28TH ST. STATION
Police arrested 22-year-old Adan Alverez for assault in front of 145 West 28th Street last Saturday at 7:18 a.m. Alverez and the victim got into an argument, during which Alverez allegedly pulled out a knife in a menacing way. The victim told police that he then chased Alverez to West 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues when Alverez allegedly picked up a broomstick and hit the victim on the left side of his head, causing bruising.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and told police that Alverez threw the knife, which he described as a silver blade approximately three inches in length with a white handle, into the tracks of the 28th Street station. Police searched the area but the knife was not recovered. Alverez was also charged with weapons possession, menacing and possession of marijuana. Police said that the two men did not know each other and did not have further information about what started the argument.

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Babysitter accused of stealing jewelry from victims in Stuy Town

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a woman last week who had been hired by Stuyvesant Town residents as a babysitter for allegedly stealing jewelry from their apartments.

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Stuyvesant Town

Police said that 29-year-old Simone Spencer had been hired by two different families in Stuyvesant Town and the victims noticed that items, including thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry, had gone missing from the apartment during the period that she worked for them.

One of the victims told police that Spencer started working for her family as a babysitter last March. She said that she was certain specific pieces of jewelry were still in her apartment in August, but she noticed on January 14 of this year that a number of items had gone missing, including a Louis Vuitton wallet, a Cartier watch worth $5,240 and an 18-karat gold and diamond ring valued at $6,500, as well as a Tiffany & Co. gift card. She told police that the only people that had access to her apartment during this period were her husband, her two small children and Spencer.

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Police suspect convicted robber behind mugging in Gramercy

Theodore Gaddy

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

Police are looking for 32-year-old Theodore Gaddy in connection with a robbery that allegedly took place in front of 150 East 24th Street earlier this month. The 13th precinct tweeted that Gaddy was wanted for a robbery on the evening of January 8. The “wanted” notice in the tweet said that the most recent incident happened in 2017 but police confirmed that the robbery actually occurred this year.

Gaddy allegedly pushed a 16-year-old boy to the ground before grabbing his cell phone and ID card and fleeing the scene. Police said that Gaddy and the boy didn’t know each other and that Gaddy was wearing all black at the time of the incident.

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Former Baruch College coach pleads guilty to embezzling $700G

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Former Baruch College basketball coach Machli Joseph (CUNY image via YouTube)

By Sabina Mollot

A former Baruch College basketball coach has pleaded guilty to embezzling $700,000 from the school, money that he got and then pocketed from renting athletic facilities on the campus to outside parties.

Machli Joseph, 43, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday afternoon and could face up to ten years behind bars. New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said the former City University of New York (CUNY) coach conducted his scheme over a six-year period.

“This college official squandered and abused the trust placed in him by executing a multi-year scheme using school resources to benefit himself with close to three-quarters of a million dollars in stolen public funds,” Inspector General Leahy Scott said. “His crimes went unchecked for years on end and were symptomatic of the lax policies and oversight throughout CUNY facilities that I have been investigating as a separate matter.”

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Police Watch: Teen busted for phone-snatching, Man arrested for assault

TEEN ARRESTED FOR SNATCHING PHONE
Police arrested a teenager for petit larceny in front of 71 Lexington Avenue last Wednesday at 12:07 a.m. The victim told police that the teen approached him on the street and asked to use his cell phone so that he could call his mom. Once the victim handed the teen his phone, the suspect reportedly ran off with the device. Police said that the teen is a student at Metropolitan High School. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his young age.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT 230 FIFTH
Police arrested a 27-year-old man last Sunday at 3:13 a.m. inside the bar 230 Fifth at 230 Fifth Avenue after a witness told police that he hit the victim in the back of the head with a beer bottle. The blow caused a cut on the victim’s head.
Police arrested Lirim Sopi for the alleged assault as well as possession of a controlled substance he allegedly had on him.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for violently mugging senior, Teens arrested for robbery on Third Avenue

MAN CHARGED WITH VIOLENTLY MUGGING ELDERLY WOMAN
Police arrested 59-year-old Leroy Wright last Thursday for allegedly punching and robbing an elderly woman in October.
Police said that Wright followed an 81-year-old woman into her building near West 13th Street and Seventh Avenue on October 20 around 6:50 p.m. As she was opening the vestibule door, Wright allegedly punched her in the head several times, grabbed her handbag and fled. Police said that the victim suffered bumps and bruises but refused medical attention. When he was arrested, he was also charged in connection with an incident that took place inside 86 Horatio Street on the evening of August 2. Wright was charged with robbery and assault.

TEENS ACCUSED OF ROBBERY ON THIRD AVENUE
Nineteen-year-old Darius Batts and another teenager were arrested for allegedly punching and robbing a victim in front of 325 Third Avenue, near East 25th Street.
Police said last Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Batts, the other teenager and another suspect who wasn’t arrested wore masks and allegedly punched the victim in the head before stealing his wallet. The other teenager who was arrested is a student at Manhattan High School at 317 West 57th Street.

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Man caught after stealing 14 coolers

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A thief with a penchant for stealing coolers will be cooling his heels in a jail cell for 45 days.

Paul Henderson, 46, was busted after a string of thefts from the Sixth Avenue location of Marshall’s. The thefts occurred in September, but police were finally able to arrest Henderson this past Friday for making off with 14 Yeti coolers in total over the course of the month. Henderson reportedly shoplifted from the store at 620 Sixth Avenue on September 9, 10, 11, 15, 18, 24 and 27. Police said that he took two of the coolers during each incident, as well as other items that police did not specify.

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Female bag thief preying on women at Union Square Starbucks

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Theft suspect at jewelry store

Cops are looking for a woman believed to have stolen wallets and bags from women at Starbucks as well as Gemma restaurant inside the Bowery Hotel. The thief apparently takes bags and wallets that their owners have hung on the backs of their chairs and uses their credit cards.

Two of the incidents took place at the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East.
On Saturday evening, October 14, a 24-year-old woman was having coffee when she realized her wallet was missing. She then discovered her credit card was used at a nearby Taco Bell at 18 East 14th Street.

On Monday morning, October 16, a 25-year-old woman at Starbucks realized the bag she’d placed on the floor next to her had disappeared. In this case, there were no unauthorized charges.

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Police Watch: Teen arrested for threatening rape, Teen busted for pushing student into tracks

TEEN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO RAPE GIRL AT WASHINGTON IRVING
Police arrested a teenage boy for sexual abuse, aggravated harassment and harassment inside the Washington Irving campus at 40 Irving Place last Friday at 9:55 a.m. The victim told police that the teen has been touching her without her permission, including her breasts and side. Police said that the teen also kissed the victim without her consent.
The victim told police that the teen said he wanted to have sex with her and when she said no, he said, “I will rape you.” The victim said that the teen also told her in Spanish, “You are trash and have a sh–ty body. You’re only good for sex.”
The teen’s name is being withheld because of his age.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PUSHING STUDENT INTO TRAIN TRACKS AT UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a teenage boy at Union Square East and East 14th Street for assault last Thursday at 10:40 a.m. Police said that while waiting for the train, the teen and two other suspects who weren’t arrested punched the victim in the face, causing the victim to fall onto the train tracks. Police said that once the victim got back onto the train platform, the teens continued to punch him, causing an injury to the back of his head. Police said that both the victim and the boy who was arrested attend Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language in the Norman Thomas Campus at 111 East 33rd Street.

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Police Watch: Arrests for public lewdness, backpack thefts

MAN BUSTED FOR MASTURBATING, TRESPASSING IN FIRE STATION
Police arrested 49-year-old Kevin Townsend for public lewdness and criminal trespass inside 234 East 29th Street last Wednesday at 11:42 a.m. A witness told police that Townsend was masturbating in public view. Police said that Townsend also followed firefighters while yelling at them and allegedly followed them into a firehouse. Police said that he was told multiple times to leave but he reportedly refused. Firefighters told police that he became irate and they held him down until police responded.
Townsend was previously convicted for public lewdness this past April in Grand Central.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BACKPACK THEFTS AT RESTAURANTS IN FLATIRON, GRAMERCY
Police arrested 54-year-old John Solomon last Tuesday morning for allegedly swiping bags at a coffee bar and restaurants in Flatiron and Gramercy.
Police said on September 18, Solomon took a victim’s backpack from inside Gregory’s Coffee at 327 Park Avenue South at 3 p.m. while it was on the floor next to him. Surveillance video shows Solomon allegedly removing the bag while the victim was distracted and then leaving the location.
Solomon was also charged with theft for allegedly stealing a laptop and another backpack. Police said that he stole a laptop from the counter inside New York Kimchi at 160 East 23rd Street at 8:50 a.m. without permission and video surveillance shows him allegedly going behind the counter and taking the laptop. Around 9 a.m. the same day, Solomon allegedly stole a victim’s backpack from the floor inside the Outback Steakhouse at 60 West 23rd Street. Police said that the victim was distracted and Solomon picked it up before walking out of the location.
Police said that Solomon was also spotted stealing a bag outside 2 Broadway and a restaurant at 225 Liberty Street in the Financial District earlier this month.

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Police Watch: Senior charged with sex abuse, Man punches store employee

SENIOR CHARGED WITH SEX ABUSE OUTSIDE GRAMERCY PARK
Police arrested 62-year-old Dean Barlow for sexual abuse at the corner of Gramercy Park East and East 20th Street last Thursday at 6:58 a.m. Barlow allegedly admitted to police that he just “lost it” and grabbed and slapped a woman’s buttocks from behind while she walked. The woman confirmed that it was Barlow who’d grabbed her.

CONFRONTED ABOUT SHOPLIFTING, MAN PUNCHES STORE EMPLOYEE
Police arrested 29-year-old Aleksandr Mashin for robbery and possession of stolen property at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:58 p.m. An employee at a nearby store told police that he was walking down the aisle when he noticed that a shelf of coffee was empty. He then notiticed that Mashin was allegedly rushing down the aisle while looking back at him. When the employee confronted him about the coffee, Mashin allegedly dragged him on the floor and during the struggle, punched him in the head and fled the store. He reportedly ran north on Park Avenue South until an officer stopped him at the southwest corner at East 23rd Street. No further information was available about which store was involved in the incident.

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Police Watch: Slashing on E. 17th Street, ‘Murder’ suspect attempts suicide

MAN ARRESTED FOR E. 17TH ST. SLASHING
Police arrested 61-year-old Jose Delgado for allegedly attacking a man who was going through a garbage bin in front of 1 East 17th Street last Wednesday afternoon.
Police said that the 56-year-old victim was going through the bin when Delgado, who lives at 25 West 24th Street, allegedly came up from behind him and slashed him on the right side of his neck with a knife. The victim was treated at the scene by EMS workers and brought to Mount Sinai Beth Israel but police said that the injury was minor.
Sources said that Delgado was caught in Union Square but no further information was available about what led to his arrest. The district attorney’s office said that Delgado admitted the alleged assault was meant as revenge for a previous incident. He was officially charged at the 13th Precinct last Thursday.

DELAWARE MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER SUICIDE ATTEMPT
Police from the 13th Precinct arrested a 31-year-old murder suspect, Rondell Veal, on Sunday evening for being a fugitive from another state. Police said that Veal was to be extradited to the county of New Castle in Delaware, where a warrant was issued for felony murder on September 23.
The New York Post reported on Sunday that Veal was caught because he reportedly attempted to commit suicide at Grand Central Terminal around 5:30 p.m., attempting to slash his wrists and neck while standing on the tracks of the 6 train. The Post said that he underwent surgery at Bellevue on Sunday night to repair his trachea. Upon further investigation, police found that Veal was wanted for the fatal stabbing of his wife, Sherrie L. Campbell, who was found dead in their Newark, DE home last Friday. Police said that he may have used the suspected murder weapon to take his own life.

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