This pair has been stealing wallets from women at bars since October

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Female suspect

Police are looking for a man and woman who’ve been working together to steal women’s wallets at bars in Union Square, Kips Bay, Greenwich Village and the East Village. In numerous cases, the thieves have then withdrawn money from victims’ bank accounts at banks in the Bronx or made fraudulent purchases at stores.

The strings of thefts started in October, and according to police, the pattern is as follows:

On Friday, October 14 at 10:30 p.m., one or both suspects approached a 27 year-old female victim at Fiddle Sticks at 56 Greenwich Avenue near Seventh Avenue and swiped her wallet. Later, $800 from her account was withdrawn at a Chase Bank at 90 East 170 Street in the Bronx.

On Friday, October 21 between 6 and 10 p.m., one of the suspects stole a wallet from a 27-year-old woman inside V-Bar at 132 First Avenue and St. Marks Place. One or both of the thieves then later withdrew $1,200 in cash from her account inside Wells Fargo Bank, located at 3709 Riverdale Avenue in the Bronx. They also charged $357 to the victim’s credit cards.

On Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m., a 35-year-old woman at Banc Café, located at 431 Third Avenue near East 30th Street had her wallet stolen from her purse, which had been hanging on a chair. The wallet contained $140 in cash and three credit cards. Police believe the male suspect later charged $136 to one of the victim’s credit cards at a Starbucks.

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Male suspect

On Wednesday, December 7 at 10:40 p.m., one or both suspects struck again at Republic Bar at 37 Union Square and East 17th Street, taking a wallet from a bag that had been on the floor. The victim later discovered that $1,100 was stolen from her bank account.

On Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m., a 28-year-old woman at Peter McManus Cafe at 152 7th Avenue at West 19th Street had her wallet stolen. The wallet only contained $14 in cash and a credit card, which was later charged for $520 inside a Duane Reade at 161 East 23rd Street.

On Monday, December 19 between 7:45 hours and 10:21 hours, a woman’s wallet went missing at Brazen Fox, located at 106 Third Avenue at East 13th Street. The wallet contained four credit cards and one debit card, one of which was used at a Duane Reade at 4 West 4 Street for $336.49 in goods.

On Friday, December 23 at approximately 7:15 p.m., one or both suspects stole a wallet from a woman’s pocketbook at Suite 36, located at 16 West 16th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The wallet contained $80 and two of the victim’s credit cards were later used to make multiple purchases.

On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at approximately 9:15 p.m., a 33-year-old woman was notified that approximately $5,000 was charged to her credit cards by one or both of the aforementioned individuals.

The suspects are described as a white woman with long, blonde hair and a man.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Cops looking for man stealing from lockers at New York Sports Club gyms

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Gym locker theft suspect

 By Sabina Mollot

Cops are on the lookout for a thief who’s been raiding lockers at Manhattan gyms for cash, clothes, laptops and other electronics since last September.

Police are currently aware of 14 thefts downtown, midtown and in Murray Hill and Chelsea as well as one incident in Gramercy, all at different locations of the New York Sports Club.

In the Gramercy incident, on October 13, the thief stole a 22-year-old man’s credit cards and keys from an unlocked locker at the New York Sports Club at 113 East 23rd Street near Park Avenue South. Based on surveillance photos, the white, very short-haired suspect is easily able to blend in, arriving to each place in workout gear or in casual clothing.

The first gym hit was the NYSC at 1221 Avenue of the Americas and 43rd Street, where the man made off with a backpack from an unlocked locker. He also took the victim’s shoes, headphones, credit cards and clothing.

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Police say he stole 14 times from different Manhattan locations of the gym.

Back in October, the commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney warned the community at a meeting about a rash of gym locker thefts. New York Sports Club, he noted, was an especially popular target. He recommended that gym users get master locks that require keys.

Anyone with information about the gym thefts 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Sex offender busted at 30th St. shelter, Man arrested for ‘accidental’ shooting

SEX OFFENDER BUSTED AT 30TH ST. SHELTER

FOR FAILING TO MENTION ADDRESS CHANGE

Police arrested 45-year-old Carlos Leon for an unclassified felony inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Monday at 8 a.m. Police said that Leon is a registered New York State level 2 sex offender.

He was convicted of attempted sex abuse in the first degree by forcible compulsion on January 28, 2003 for sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in 2000. After he was notified of his duties on March 8, 2013 and March 13, 2003, police said that he failed to notify the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services sex offender monitoring unit of a change of address within 10 days.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ACCIDENTAL ‘SHOOTING’

Police arrested 37-year-old Charles Dunwoody for assault and possession of a weapon last Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. at the 13th Precinct. Police said that Dunwoody was involved in a shootout with another person who wasn’t arrested that resulted in a woman receiving a gunshot graze wound to her inner right calf.

WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON EAST 28TH

Police responded to a 911 call at 224 East 28th Street on Saturday at 10:05 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 27-year-old woman who was unconscious and unresponsive with no apparent signs of trauma. EMS responded and pronounced her deceased at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. Identity of the deceased is pending family notification. The investigation is ongoing.

TEEN BUSTED FOR SECOND AVENUE BURGLARY

Police arrested a teenager in front of 444 Second Avenue for burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana last Saturday at 2:28 a.m. Police said that the boy and another person who wasn’t arrested entered the residential building and stole property while the victim was still inside the apartment.

When the victim saw the intruders, they ran outside the building where two more people who weren’t arrested were waiting. Police tracked down one of the suspects using video surveillance and he was in possession of a stolen iPad from the burglary and was also in possession of a glass pipe containing marijuana.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED AT

UNION SQUARE SUBWAY STATION

Police arrested 35-year-old Mohamed Ibrahim for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station last Saturday at 12:10 p.m. Police said that Ibrahim was observed rubbing his groin on the victim’s buttocks on an uptown 5 train. Police said that Ibrahim and the victim did not know each other.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT BAG SHOP

Police arrested 23-year-old Jesse Rivera for assault in front of Broadway Bags at 1179 Broadway last Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Rivera got into an argument with an employee at the store and allegedly punched the victim in the face. Police said that he also slammed the victim’s left arm into a glass case in the store, causing serious physical injury and pain. EMS removed the victim to Bellevue Hospital.

TEEN BUSTED FOR PHONE THEFT

Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny and possession of stolen property last Wednesday at 4:41 p.m. inside Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street. Police said that the teen grabbed a social worker’s phone from her hand without permission while the social worker was using it. The teen then fled the scene but was later arrested.

TEENS BUSTED FOR

‘BREAKDANCING’ ON L TRAIN

An eighteen-year-old and two other teenagers for reckless endangerment at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Friday at 8:42 p.m. Police said the teens were breakdancing and performing acrobatic moves aboard a moving L train, creating a reckless condition of substantial risk of serious physical injury to himself and others without permission or authority to do so.

ASSAULT ON EAST 16TH STREET

Police arrested 34-year-old Kyle Sweeney for assault in front of 114 East 16th Street last Friday at 12:11 a.m. Police said that Sweeney punched the victim in the face, causing bleeding and swelling to his upper lip. No further information was available about how the dispute started.

MAN ARRESTED FOR

‘TRESPASSING’ AT MCDONALD’S

Police arrested 26-year-old Louis Smith for criminal trespass inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Thursday at 11:30 p.m. An employee told Smith to leave the establishment multiple times but allegedly refused. Police said that they also told him numerous times that he couldn’t stay inside the building based on their rules and policies and he allegedly put up a fight while being detained in handcuffs. Smith was also charged with resisting arrest.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘URINATING’

AT BROADWAY AND WEST 28TH

Police arrested 56-year-old Ronald Braga for an unclassified violation on the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Friday at 6:42 a.m. Police said that Braga was urinating on a public sidewalk in plain view and he allegedly did not possess a valid ID.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘TRESPASSING’

IN EAST 28TH ST. BUILDING

Police arrested 25-year-old Troy Davidson for criminal trespass and possession of marijuana inside 224 East 28th Street last Saturday at 12:40 a.m. Police said that Davidson was trespassing on the 19th floor stairwell inside the building but he is not a resident there. Police said that he wasn’t an invited guest of anyone in the building and did not have legitimate business there. He was in possession of alleged marijuana that was in his right front jacket pocket.

‘DISORDERLY’ MAN ARRESTED

AT THIRD AND EAST 23RD

Police arrested 27-year-old James Glogovski for disorderly conduct at the corner of Third Avenue and East 23rd Street last Saturday at 4:15 a.m. Police responded to the location because of a report of theft of service. Glogovski was intoxicated and sleeping in the back of a cab and did not respond to repeated attempts to wake up and pay the fare. When he finally awoke, he allegedly became verbally abusive with officers. Police said that he refused to step out of the street onto the sidewalk and began to escalate his “disorderly” behavior. He allegedly flailed his arms and refused to comply with repeated requests by officers.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘STOLEN’ DEBIT CARD

Police arrested 46-year-old Oscar Diaz last Thursday at 5:05 p.m. inside the 13th Precinct for grand larceny. Police said that Diaz took the victim’s debit card and used it to make a purchase at Bath and Body Works.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DAMAGED’ MIRROR

Police arrested 28-year-old Leon Jacobs for criminal mischief at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 17th Street last Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. Police said that Jacobs got into an argument with the victim and allegedly smacked the driver’s side window of the car, causing damage to the mirror.

 

UPS says delivery policy never changed

Packages recently piled up in the lobby of Council  Member Dan Garodnick’s building in Peter Cooper Village. (Photo by Dan Garodnick)

Packages recently piled up in the lobby of Council Member Dan Garodnick’s building in Peter Cooper Village. (Photo by Dan Garodnick)

By Sabina Mollot
Back in April, CompassRock alerted residents to a change in policy in which UPS would no longer be leaving packages for residents outside their doors without their signatures. Instead, residents were advised they could get a membership to Oval Concierge, which would accept packages on their behalf. One month of complimentary service was offered in the emailed alert to residents “while you sort out your plans to get deliveries safely home.”
However, this week, UPS said that it never changed its policy and that packages could still be left outside doors. Council Member Dan Garodnick was made aware of this in a letter from UPS’s Vice President of State Government Affairs Mark Giuffre, after contacting the company. Garodnick also said he’s since alerted Oval Concierge to the error.
When asked about the alert, a spokesperson for UPS, Dan McMackin, told T&V, “We’re confused. We have no idea what they’re talking about.”
He added that there are buildings where owners handle packages for tenants and in those buildings, tenants are notified by UPS that the owner has them. However, said McMackin, there’s no such agreement at ST/PCV.
In response to a call from T&V, a spokesperson for CWCapital, Brian Moriarty, said the reason the alert went out is because UPS drivers were the ones to make a call as to whether or not to leave packages in buildings. Apparently they can decline to do so in the event of package thefts being reported at a particular building.
“We were just told by the customer service rep it is the driver’s discretion whether or not to leave a package when three or more packages have gone missing from a particular location,” Moriarty. “I don’t know that the flag on certain PCVST building would necessarily be communicated to the national (UPS) office.”
Meanwhile, Garodnick said he’s also followed up on another issue relating to packages left in buildings. In recent months, residents have been complaining that a third party delivery company for Amazon has been leaving packages unattended in building lobbies.
Recently, when spotting a deliveryman doing just this in his own building, Garodnick said he asked why the packages were being left there. The response: “He said, ‘Well most people aren’t home,’” said Garodnick. “So I’ve raised the issue with Amazon and they’re looking into the issue. I am trying to get us back into a place where people can expect to see packages in front of their doors without having to rely on Oval Concierge service.”
The third party delivery company, which apparently works for various dot coms, is called Special Logistics. They did not return a call by T&V’s press time.
McMackin said UPS would be looking into the matter of any packages left in lobbies. “Packages should not be showing up in lobbies,” he said.