84th Precinct Police Blotter – 2/8/11

bugleblotter-300x1711 Thefts at Planet Fitness, New York Sports Club and the Heights Casino. It’s safer to forego exercise and read this week’s blotter.

This week’s blotter is brought to you by Tums, as I just got chewed up by the communications person for the FDNY. I’d contacted him to see if I could film interviews with the firemen at Ladder 118, but suffice it to say I will not be filming any video of the firemen at Ladder 118 anytime soon. It’s a shame, they were really into the idea. But no can do without permission. And actually, I hadn’t been yelled at like that since I spoke to NYPD communications 12 years ago. It was so bad I remember it 12 years later. Anyway, here’s the blotter.

A woman’s purse was snatched while she was setting up the bread and wine last Sunday at Grace Church. Is nothing sacred?

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, a woman’s Kindle was Kindle-napped while she was on the F train at Smith and Bergen.

A Smith Street resident ordered checks which never arrived. But someone must have intercepted them, because checks totaling $4,700 were written in her name.

Operation: Sweatpants is what I’ll call the latest spate of gym thefts. A robbery took place Thursday morning at your favorite fitness place and mine, Planet Fitness, when a young man returned from his workout to find his locker broken into and his $1,000 laptop gone, along with $120 in cash.

At noon on Friday, a man at the New York Sports Club on Remsen Street was robbed of $100 after someone broke into his locker.

Finally, the Heights Casino was the site of a robbery on Saturday morning, when a woman’s $2,000 Givenchy bag was stolen while she played tennis.

And that’s this week’s blotter. Now I’m off to hide my feelings in a Crumbs cupcake.

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  • David on Middagh

    Heather, thanks for the blotter.

    As for that communications “public servant” whose salary we all are paying, who yelled at you–a citizen and member of the press– because you wanted to interview some other public servants whose salaries we are paying: I suspect he knows he can’t legally stop citizens from associating with each other, and that all he really has is threats and bluster. I hope he realizes that not every city position is safe in this economy, and that antagonizing the press may not be a wise career move.

    I for one would have liked to see your interviews.

  • x


    Don’t bring your wallet or valuables when you go to the gym. Leave them at home.

    Why bring $100 to the gym?

  • nabeguy

    Or a $1000 laptop for that matter? Forget Amex,…just leave home without them.

  • JB

    About a month ago, when I entered NYSC on Remson, two police officers were there. They were responding to a report of a stolen laptop and wallet from locker. I overheard two NYSC employees talking, and they were saying how there have been multiple break-ins in the locker room. One was saying he let’s guests store their valuables in his office, because thefts are so common at that location.

    Two thoughts: (1) Why not install cameras? Easy solution. (2) Why do they even bother calling it a “locker” room.

  • Heather Quinlan

    @David – thanks. I would’ve liked to have seen them, too. Who knows, maybe I can work something out with someone.

    @JB – 1) Gyms don’t install cameras in locker rooms because people don’t want to be filmed in the altogether. 2) I don’t know.

  • GHB

    How many of those locker room thefts are actually break-ins? I go to Eastern Athletic, and I can’t tell you how often I open a locker thinking it’s empty only to find someone’s stuff. Funny, there are so few reports from there…

  • ifsandsor

    Sorry you had such a bad day . . . hope you enjoyed the cupcake!!

  • JB


    Neighborhood (borders of neighborhood) and clientiele on Remson vs. Clarke are a bit different. Could be a factor. I would venture a guess there are more crimes in general closer to downtown area then over near promenade.

    I do agree with you about the lockers, I can’t believe how many people don’t even use a lock.

  • Ben

    I do not lock my locker at EAC because I do not bring anything of monetary value to the health club I carry a towel and small bag with soap, shampoo and my cheap watch, and my KEYS with me to the pool no one has stolen my clothes from my locker YET and what a boner (means a mistake) that would be to walk home or go to work in a wet bathing suit if someone were to steal me clothes. At the EAC I do not lock my locker leave valuables at home.

  • hoppy

    The gym locker thefts should not be called robberies. A robbery occurs only where one “uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person” (N.Y. Penal Law 160.00).