84th Precinct Police Blotter – 4/27/11

bugleblotter-300x1711Bags, birth control and diamond rings are stolen. It’s this week’s police blotter.

The 84th precinct was in a bit of disarray yesterday; when I called at 7 a.m. to make an appointment, the officer told me that no one from crime analysis was around, she didn’t know where the police reports were located and that I should call back at 7:30. I called back at 7:45, and she told me to call back at 9:30. Frankly, I’m lucky I got through either of those times, as I just switched to AT&T and discovered I can only make phone calls within one square-foot corner of my apartment.

Long story short, I wouldn’t have been able to get to the precinct after 10, so I was not able to make it. I tried! Therefore, the next-best thing (I guess) is to cull the reports from other blotters. And just so you know before we start our journey—there was no report on last week’s promenade crash. (Which I’d talked to crime analysis about last week—they said they hadn’t heard about it.)

Two women had their purses stolen while they dined; the first was on Front St. in Dumbo last Wednesday. The victim lost her iPhone and her birth control pills. The second happened two days later at Junior’s; the victim lost her Coach bag.

A 21-year-old was arrested for pulling a Lohan—he tried on a $2,800 diamond ring at Estelle’s Fine Jewelry on Bridge St. and proceeded to leave the store without it. A young guy wearing a diamond ring? Either he couldn’t afford the two months’ salary thing, or he was arrested by the fashion police. (Had to.)

A woman was assaulted by her colleague at Vegetarian Ginger; while on the job, the thug told her “I’m going to kill you” and then kicked a bucket that she was holding, causing a gash on her finger. The 47-year-old was arrested.

An $11,000 5×7 photograph was stolen from an art studio on April 17th.

And finally, an NYU student who had her wallet swiped on Court St. successfully—along with a few passerbys— chased and held down the 33-year-old thief. He was arrested at the scene. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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  • AL


    I have AT&T cell phone as well. It doesn’t work on every other street in Brooklyn Heights. I visit their Montague St. store regularly to complain. This week was told they are switching entirely from G2 to G3 May 15 and things should get better. It’s always a different story, a different promise. Nothing has panned out so far. Here’s hoping.

  • http://heatherquinlan.com Heather Quinlan

    @AL Sweet relief if that does work! I was thinking about buying one of those antennas or something. At this point I’ll put rabbit ears on my phone if it’ll help.

  • Van

    Heather, love your writing. The Police Blotter, albiet alarming, one of my weekly highlights.

  • nabeguy

    A brawl at a place called Vegetarien Ginger somehow doesn’t quite gel in my mind.

  • GHB

    Heather, people have been complaining about AT&T in NYC for ages I wouldn’t get an iPhone until Verizon got it and I’ve had no problems. So I can’t talk and surf the web at the same time…

  • william

    AT&T is the worst wireless service ever. I went to the AT&T store on Montague Street last year to inquire about getting an antenna for my laptop, and the Honest Lady told me that if I couldn’t get cell service, I wouldn’t get internet service.

    I told her that I had family in Virginia (verizon country) and she said I would have better luck getting AT&T service in Africa than Va. She was probably right. In Va, I have to stand under a magic tree in a special pasture to get any service at all. It is like walking to an open outdoor phone booth (dodging cow pies) to make a call, or get messages. Crazy.

    You would think it would be better in NYC. But, it’s barely any better at all.

  • WillowtownCop

    Sprint does not work in Willowtown. Only a very select few who are special enough to have my home phone number can get in touch with me when I’m home, which is why I keep Sprint. I hate to be bothered at home.

  • Jeffrey J Smith

    The right directional antenna DOES work but ONLY if you have
    a clear line of sight short, or nearly so, to a local cell. Remember,
    Cell frequencies in theory work only in line of sight. The multiple
    cell system mitigates this to an extent, but only to an extent.
    Cell Linears, devices to amplify cell phone power are illegal,
    and yups unlike typical CB’ers cant imagine why you would want one….

    Unfortunately, with antennas, its a matter of buy one try one, return it..if you can, and buy another then try that till you find
    one that really works. Antenna selection is often frustrating.

  • Jeffrey J Smith

    I shouldn’t really say linears are illegal, its just that they are often prohibited by some buildings. Also, you DO and I mean you
    REALLY DO want to WATCH the AMOUNT of microwave power you expose yourself or your family to. Always place the RF driven
    antenna on a roof top and direction of transmitted signal as FAR away from humans as is possible.

    for any signal booster you want one which boost BOTH the incomming and outgoing signalIts best to direct high power linears pointing at areas outside of the Heights….

    you have a wide variety of antennas to choose from Yagi’s
    parabolic wlan etc. The key is how much does it direct your signal
    over something that only sprays the signal in every direction,
    this is expressed in terms of db GAIN AND how narrow the pick up pattern is…big considerations. Does it have to be outdoors or

    One more thing, a tight P/U pattern aimed at a cell does NOT
    P/U a lot of general electromagnetic “noise”..so signal can be
    “cleaner” sounding….

    Google: “Cell Phone extended range antennas” for more info.

    Always direct any high power microwave power source in direct-
    tions outside the Heights…..

  • lori

    Interesting to note that the blotter does not include all the vandalism to cars in the neighborhood. And even more amazing that no officials knew about the car crash on the promenade? How did the temporary repairs happen? Oh well, I hope everyone keeps reporting all crimes and thefts, even tho it is a nuisance and nothing much comes of it.

  • Eddy de Lectron

    Heather, Att has a device called a “Micro Cell” that will give you coverage in you home provided you can connect it to the internet. Last month, they were giving these devices out for free, they may still be? Anyway, go to their store and or call them, complain enough and you should be able to wrangle one out of them.

  • rachel

    call at&t and complain. Then ask for a voucher for a free microcell tower: http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/why/3gmicrocell/

    believe me, it’s worth it!

  • rachel

    oops, obviously didn’t read all the comments before posting that! Sorry! Also, a group of kids through rocks at my dog last week on the promenade. Happy spring!

  • GHB

    Rocks? Seriously? When? Kids or thugs? That really pisses me off!

  • rachel

    thuggish kids. it really shook me (and my puppy) up.

  • David on Middagh

    Rachel, that’s horrible!

  • rachel

    Thanks, David! Thankfully, the Heights Association got involved and there seems to be a bit more police presence on the promenade in the afternoons.