Sorry for the delay, folks, I just got back from interviewing Joe Franklin for my New York accent documentary. His office was straight out of a Fellini film—there was a guy there who made hot dog sculptures out of soap, and another who looked like he was a Jupiterian. At the end, Joe Franklin told me, “Don’t go, I have a present for you,” and handed me a pair of earrings that looked like they came from a Cracker Jack box. All this, and a reporter from The New Yorker magazine was there to do an article about me and my film. Just your average Wednesday. Now on to the blotter.
Last Monday, a 76-year-old man reported that he was the victim of identity theft, and believed the thief was a former employee who worked as his bookkeeper. The perp wrote checks totaling $4,500, spent $1,200 on crystal ware, and spent $16,500 on what the report calls “walnut cover and more.”
An odd situation occurred on Montague Terrace Friday evening, when a 24-year-old returned home to find a man looking out his window with binoculars. He asked, “Are you here for the techie job?” a question as cryptic as “Kenneth, what is the frequency?” The man replied yes, but the victim saw that the “techie” wearing his father’s clothes. The awkward situation ended when the victim escorted the techie to the lobby, where police apprehended him soon after.
A party in room 1605 of the Adams St. Marriott became a scene of petty larceny, when the teenage victims awoke to find an iPhone, Blackberry and various credit and debit cards stolen.
On Hoyt and Livingston Saturday afternoon, a 52-year-old woman was mugged in front of her granddaughter, after a man approached her with what she thought was a gun and said, “Give me your wallet and jewelry.” The woman handed over the heartbreaking loot, including her mother’s ring and her engagement ring. The thief also got away with $35.
My next door neighbor was robbed after she left her Coach pocketbook outside the front door of her building on Henry St.
A bank robber made off with $2,040 from Chase Bank after he handed a note to the teller that said, “Large bills. All $100 $50 $20.”
Finally, a case of road rage on Gold and Tillary on the night of June 7th. A driver refused to stop for a firetruck with its lights on; he swerved and hit one of the firemen, whose leg got caught in the bumper. Not content to end there, the maniac driver gunned the engine, swinging the victim onto the hood of the car. Luckily the fireman was able to dislodge himself, after which a witness tried to stop the car, only to be greeted with an “F.U.” by the driver and given the finger. Police eventually nabbed the driver on Johnson St. And that’s this week’s blotter.