So I called the Precinct this morning at 7 to set up a 9:30 appointment, and then promptly forgot until 9:20—I was about to call my mother to dissect and diagnose my life when I saw the last call I made had been to the 84. Suddenly, the weekly dilemma of what to wear to the blotter went out the window, as I threw on jeans and eyeliner and dashed out into the pouring rain. By the time I made it to the precinct my bangs and adrenaline made me look like Alice Cooper, except scary.
Luckily, I was not arrested. Here’s the scoop:
One Friday afternoon, a PolyTech student reported his $1,900 MacBook Pro stolen. The report stated that both his roommate and others had keys to his room.
On Sunday evening at Popeye’s, a thief reached into the cash register and pulled out $1,200 before taking off, perhaps with a bucket of wings to go. The robbery was caught on video.
On Atlantic and 3rd Sunday afternoon, a Boost Mobile phone was snatched out of the hands of a 22-year-old woman.
On Friday night, a drunken straphanger passed out on a southbound F train and awoke at Metro Tech. When he went to check the time on his phone, he discovered his phone was gone, along with his ATM card. A quick check revealed his card had been used four times in three places, and debited $800.
A 50-year-old York St. resident was forced into his apartment by two thugs in ski masks, who pointed a silver handgun at his head and tied him up in the bathroom. The thieves made off with two Xbox remotes, Xbox video games, $270 and a prescription for percocet.
A 1993 red Acura Integra was stolen from Bridge St.
Meanwhile, a photographer returning to his VW after a shoot on Washington and Front Sts. noticed his window smashed and his $1,300 camera stolen, as well as about $1,300 worth of equipment.
The New York Photo Festival that was just held in DUMBO was also the scene of a crime, as someone stole an exhibit’s projector, Apple Mac and motion detector.
On Thursday night, a 22-year-old man was beaten and robbed by seven thugs on a downtown G train. They were arrested at the scene—the oldest was 21, the youngest 16.
A man and woman on their way to work at Checkers were jumped by a woman they both knew, along with her friends. The gang got away with two cell phones and an iPod.
Finally, there was great discussion in the Precinct about Petty Larceny vs Criminal Possession of Property. The consensus is if you conceal something with the intent to steal it, but are caught before leaving the premises, it’s Petty Larceny. If you’re caught with the goods after leaving the premises, it’s Criminal Possession of Property. That’s this week’s Crime Analysis 101, and that’s also this week’s blotter.