84th Precinct Police Blotter – 10/19/10

bugleblotter-300x1711 A guy walks into a psychiatrist’s office and walks out with 2 grand; a Schermerhorn hotel had its TVs and wiring stolen; and I lost count of the robberies at Macy’s. It’s this week’s police blotter.

So a guy walked into a psychiatrist office at 395 Pearl Street last Wednesday, and the psychiatrist told him to wait in the hall while she went to get his prescription from the manager. However the patient, possibly anticipating the copay, went back into her office and swiped her bag with $2,840. Or the equivalent of five sessions with a UWS therapist. Ba-de-bum.

Another big-ticket robbery occurred two days later on State Street, where the woman of the house suspected her cleaning lady of Swiffering her out of $18,000 worth of jewelry. Seeing as this is not the first robbery of its kind I’ve come across, might I suggest a safe? Amazon even sells them.

This leads to another in a series of Macy’s wallet thefts last week. The first was Monday afternoon, followed by one Tuesday morning and then another Wednesday afternoon. In each instance the report says there were no security cameras in the vicinity where the thefts took place. Are there actual security cameras at Macy’s? And if so, do they work? I think I should do an investigative report, à la Arnold Diaz. Maybe stop by Planet Fitness after, though it was shockingly incident-free last week.

And here’s a word of advice—those of you with iPhones on the subway, especially the F train, just leave them in your bag. I know the temptation’s there to app away the long ride, but believe me, I’ve heard the effort that goes into filing a police report at the precinct, and it’s a particular kind of misery you don’t want to endure. Read a book instead. Oh, and a woman’s iPhone was snatched on the F train at the Willoughby St. station last Monday. Just as here and a lot of other weeks.

An iPhone was also stolen from a man on Henry Street last Tuesday evening. The perp ran west on Love Lane and disappeared.

Several frightening muggings occurred over several days, the first at Pacific and Nevins around 12:30 a.m. Monday. A man was surprised by a thug with a silver handgun who told him “Give me everything you have.” Instead the victim screamed, which made the gunman run away empty-handed.

About an hour later, a 22-year-old man was choked and punched by a mugger at the Clark Street entrance of the Promenade. The thief made off with a bank card with $6,000, and the victim was treated at the hospital.

The following night around 4:10 a.m., a 39-year-old man was approached by a man and woman; the man put him in a headlock and the victim gave him his $30.

The following night at Wyckoff and Hoyt, a 42-year-old man believed his mugger was carrying a taser, and forked over $40.

Finally—there’s a hotel at 211 Schermerhorn? It’s either called the Prince Hotel or the Princess Hotel, reports are conflicting, even on their site. When I think “princess” I’m not thinking Schermerhorn Street, but at any rate, they have a mini kitchen and jacuzzi tub, but they don’t have TVs or copper wiring anymore, as they were all stolen Wednesday. How, I have no idea. No dollar value was given to the 33 stolen TVs, but the wiring was valued at $50,000. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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