84th Precinct Police Blotter – 1/25/11

bugleblotter-300x1711 Violence erupts over false eyelashes; woman falls for cell phone ploy; and I brave death by walking to the 84. It’s this week’s blotter.

Last week’s precinct visit meant slogging through giant rivers of dirt puddles, and as a result I was exposed to diphtheria, the consumption and a touch of hysterical blindness. Luckily my vision was restored in time to traipse on over again this morning, although I’m still battling some kind of evil bug, the kind that made all those aliens keel over in that god-awful War of the Worlds. (BTW – if you are a fan of War of the Worlds, check out the trippy Moody Blues/Richard Burton version. That is all.)

But enough about me, here’s what’s news.

Last Saturday, a 24-year-old partied hard and fell asleep on the Q train heading home. When he woke up, his iPhone and wallet were gone.

Two nights earlier, a woman’s iPhone was snatched out of her hands on the 4 train at Borough Hall.

Around 3 p.m. on Friday, a man and woman walked into Reel Beauty on Fulton Street; the woman proceeded to steal a pack of false eyelashes. When confronted by a store employee, the man took out a razor blade and said, “Touch my wife and I will cut you.” Apparently she really needed them.

On Friday evening at Livingston and Court, a 26-year-old woman was approached by a man who asked to borrow her cell. When she seemed reluctant, he offered her $20 to hold while he made the call. This seemed to win her over, as she handed him her Blackberry Curve. He then took off with it. Who says you need to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for an education? She just got one for the price of a cell phone.

Roughly $1,800 worth of equipment was stolen from the Court St. Game Stop Wednesday night.

On Thursday afternoon at Hoyt and Schermerhorn, a 23-year-old man was surprised by a thug who put him in a choke hold, dropped him to the ground, put a gun to his head and stole his iPhone.

Finally, a 76-year-old man was treated and released from LICH, but not before someone at the hospital stole his passport and $500. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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  • P

    Thursday afternoon??? These thugs are a ballsy bunch.

  • http://www.fotolog.com/ewolman Brooklynite

    Find yourself on the streets of Brooklyn. Or maybe that guy that snagged your stuff. Everybody is being photographed and put online. Many of you are being mocked by South American kids right now.


  • tb

    “Who says you need to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for an education? She just got one for the price of a cell phone.”— Good stuff Heather!!!

  • AL

    Waaay to go, Heather!

  • WillowtownCop

    In other crime news, some ass threw a snowball at me on my way to the subway this morning. If you’re out there, you missed me, you jerk! I hope you had a rotten day.

  • Bette

    Heather – you are hilarious. And I think that’s the end of my use of my i-phone anywhere near a subway platform/station. (even though I just got those cool gloves with the Jetson-like pads that keep your fingers warm while you text. Darn.)

  • Heather Quinlan

    Thanks, all. And BTW – I’m so brilliant I got pickpocketed this morning in the subway. Never take wallets or iPhones out ever, the end.

  • Teddy

    “Never take wallets or iPhones out ever, the end.”

    I grew up here during the 1980s so I have this tendency to be “on guard” whenever I walk on the street (especially after dark) or take the subway. The problem is some people who didn’t grow up here during that time have this mentality that they’re still in the relative safety of their parents minivan when riding the subway. Sure you can do it a few times and nothing happens. You keep doing it and chances are good that you’ll be taught an expensive lesson.

    Back in the day, you didn’t wear expensive jewelry/watches in the subway. iDevices are the new jewelry, small and expensive, easy to snatch and conceal. What more could a petty thief ask for?

  • Andrew Porter

    I call it exercising my New York Paranoia. What I love to see is tourists with big fat wallets sticking out of their rear pockets. Usually obscured by the “Rip Me Off” signs on their backs…