Man allegedly stole from Walgreens since summer

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man last week for allegedly swiping shampoo and toothpaste from the Walgreens in Stuyvesant Town on more than a dozen occasions since last July. Sam Lee, 32, was arrested on Wednesday, January 3 at 5:30 a.m. for 16 alleged thefts from the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue.

Lee’s alleged spree began on July 8, 2018 around 7 a.m. when he allegedly took shampoo bottles that he stuck in a backpack before leaving without paying. Police said that he returned to the store on July 16, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. when he took shampoo and conditioner that he concealed in a backpack before leaving without paying.

The next time he returned to the store on August 29, police said that he stole multiple Crest toothpaste products.

Police said that he went back to the store almost a month later on September 25 at 2:35 p.m. and took shampoo, allegedly hiding it in a green bag before leaving.

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Letters to the editor, Jan. 11

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Bafflement and expectation

In his Subway Bomb Suspect’s Mysterious Act of Mercy, New York Times, December 19, 2017, Mr. Jeffrey Gettleman recorded, though he did not quote, Akayed Ullah’s reason for his pipe-bomb action on December 11, 2017, at New York’s Port Authority.

Quoting Mr. Ullah’s mother-in-law, Mr. Gettleman recorded that when Mr. Ullah returned from Bangladesh “he was so upset… those people were living in hell each and every minute.”  Additionally, according to Mr. Gettleman, from his bed in Bellevue, Mr. Ullah said that he built and detonated his device “inspired online by the Islamic State to strike against the United States for its policies in the Muslim world.”

Yet in his article, Mr. Gettleman apparently wanted to firm-up his own view that the truth of what Ullah said about himself had to survive the views of others. So he introduces the conflicting opinions of those who are tangentially acquainted with Mr. Ullah, sets aside Ullah’s own words, and gives the reader the inevitable self-produced baffle: why did he really do it!?!

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Robber hitting drugstores in Manhattan

Robbery suspect

Cops are on the lookout for a man who’s been robbing drugstores in Union Square and in Greenwich Village as well as a Dunkin Donuts in The Bronx. The suspect, in each incident, has made employees believe he had a gun before demanding cash.

Police say the string of holdups started on the morning of Monday, December 18 when the man strolled into a CVS at 65 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Street. He then threatened employees while simulating a gun inside his coat. The suspect helped himself to $150 from the register before running out.

On the evening of Tuesday, December 26, the man walked into a Walgreens at 145 Fourth Avenue near East 14th Street. He simulated a gun under his coat while threatening employees, this time getting away with $500 in cash.

Later that same evening, he did the same thing at a Dunkin Donuts at 513 East 138th Street. He swiped $1,700 from the register before fleeing the store into a subway station.

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Police Watch: Traffic agent hit by car, ‘dine and ditch’ at 40/40 Club

Police arrested 41-year-old Joshua Bright in front of 394 East 25th Street for a public administration felony and leaving the scene of an accident last Tuesday at 9:43 a.m. Bright was making a right turn from the FDR driving south onto East 23rd Street going west.
Bright allegedly made the turn from the far left lane where there is right turn only lane provided. The traffic agent directing pedestrian traffic had to shove a pedestrian out of the way to avoid being hit and the guard instructed Bright to stop and allow pedestrians to cross. Bright then allegedly drove into the traffic agent causing an injury to his right leg and knee and fled the scene. The traffic agent followed Bright to East 25th Street where he was arrested.

Police arrested 57-year-old Richard Trott for petit larceny in front of the Walgreens at 298 First Avenue last Monday at 12:35 a.m. Trott allegedly swiped 15 Oral B toothbrushes after hiding them inside his shirt.

Police arrested 21-year-old Christopher Falco for robbery and weapons possession inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 10 a.m. Falco allegedly tried to mug someone in front of 234 East 25th Street on an earlier date when he also hit the victim over the head with an imitation pistol.

Police arrested four teenagers for allegedly swiping a credit card from a counter at Starbucks. It was last Monday at 10:06 p.m. at the Starbucks at 393 Third Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets when the teens spotted the credit card and grabbed it, police said. However, the card was recovered at the scene.
The teens are residents of the ACS facility and are students at the Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art and Fannie Lou Hamer High School. One of the teens was also charged with impersonation because she gave a false date of birth. Their names are being withheld by Town & Village due to their age.

Police arrested a teenager for grand larceny in front of 23 West 18th Street last Monday at 3:59 p.m. The teen was riding a Citi Bike that didn’t belong to him and told the officer at the scene, “I found it.” Citi Bike confirmed that the boy did not have a membership with the program and the value of the bike is $1,200. The teen is a student at the Business of Sports School. His name is being withheld due to his age.

Twenty-one-year-old Monica Gooding was arrested for theft of services last Saturday at 4:13 a.m. in front of the 40/40 Club at 6 West 25th Street. Gooding ordered food and drinks from the club and when the server approached her with the bill, she allegedly had no means to pay it. Gooding allegedly owed $70.77.

Police arrested 21-year-old Richard Hsu and 20-year-old Cindy Pi for reckless endangerment in front of 346 East 15th Street last Sunday at 4:48 p.m. Hsu and Pi allegedly threw a glass candle out of a second floor apartment window at the victim. The glass shattered in a common area near the victim and Hsu and Pi allegedly admitted that they threw the candle out of the window.

Police arrested 35-year-old Muazzam Butt at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 27th Street for petit larceny. Butt allegedly accepted a delivery to his business but then wouldn’t pay the delivery driver or give back the package.

Twenty-year-old Jonathan Alives was arrested for menacing in front of Bellevue Hospital last Saturday at 5:37 a.m. Police said that Alives got into an argument with another man and then threatened him with two knives. Alives was also charged with weapons possession and disorderly conduct.

Thirty-year-old Tessa John-Connor was arrested in front of Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Place last Sunday at 1:51 a.m. An officer was at the location for crowd control after a concert and repeatedly told John-Connor that she had to move away from the front of the location. She allegedly refused and when the officer attempted to remove her from the area, she pushed him and grabbed onto other officers, police said. She allegedly resisted arrest by flailing her arms and pulling them to the front of her body to avoid being handcuffed. John-Connor was charged with resisting arrest, a public administration misdemeanor and disorderly conduct.

Michelle Mickelley, 34, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a peace officer in front of the Con Ed building at 4 Irving Place. It was last Thursday when Mickelley had allegedly been shoplifting at the store and tried to leave the store without paying. Store security followed her outside and police tried to restrain her when she allegedly smacked one of the officers, causing an abrasion on the officer’s hands.

Police arrested a teen inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 1 p.m. for grand larceny auto. Police said that the teen stole a car from Hertz Rent a Car. The company has a location in Gramercy at 245 East 19th Street. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

Letters to the editor, Mar. 20

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Could a building explosion happen here?

Dear T&V Editor,

Like everyone else in the city, my heart goes out to the victims and the families of the tragic gas related explosion that brought down two buildings in East Harlem. News reports indicate that there had been a number of gas leak reports prior to the date of the event. The reports of gas leaks were investigated and were deemed not to be of immediate concern.

This reminded me of my own personal situation. I have a stove that’s more than 50 years and periodically leaks gas.

Last year while I was away, there was gas odor in the corridor and it was traced to my apartment. Security entered my apartment and left a note on my table. The stove has been checked several times and declared to be not dangerous.

I wrote to the management office trying to arrange for a replacement stove and they did not respond, I am afraid whenever I have to strike a match to light the stove (the pilot lights don’t work most of the time). My biggest fear is to have an explosion similar to what happened in East Harlem can happen here.

William Alvarado, ST

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