84th Precinct Police Blotter – 8/3/11

bugleblotter-300x1711 The weather is hot, and so are a lot of iPhones. Oh, and someone from the Department of Homeland Security had his equipment stolen. It’s this week’s blotter.

I would do more opening schtick, but I’m already late in the game today. However, I’ll start with this gem I reported yesterday, about an unnamed DHS employee who was robbed of things like encrypted cell phones and GPS systems (I know there’s a “systems” in GPS, but it sounds so weird without it.) Any rate, you can read all about it here.

Yesterday when I arrived at the precinct I was greeted with wave upon wave of police reports, nearly all about iPhone (and a few BlackBerry) thefts. You think I’m kidding? To wit:

On Henry St. Friday afternoon, a man grabbed an iPhone from a woman’s hand then ran off on State St.

On a southbound F train in the wee hours of Thursday morning, a perp reached into a car before the doors shut and stole an iPhone from a 26-year-old straphanger.

That afternoon on the A train, a 34-year-old was using his Zune HD Touch when it was suddenly ripped from his hands. No word on whether the perp returned it when he discovered it was a Zune HD Touch.

Tuesday morning at Fulton and Bridge, a man who had a Boost mobile attached to his belt had it yanked away.

On Friday afternoon at Willoughby and Jay, a 19-year-old visiting from Maryland had her Blackberry Curve ripped from her hands.

On Friday around 5:20 a woman was mugged after entering the Hoyt St. station. The thief got her iPhone, iTouch, Coach bag and $150.

In other news—

The Heights Cleaners was robbed Tuesday morning—video cameras caught a man entering the shop around 4:15 a.m. and taking $70 from the cash register.

Similarly, the Sunny Gourmet Deli on Joralemon was hit when a thief somehow lifted the roll-down gate and made off with $1,300. If the Heights Cleaners thief is reading this, you made the wrong call.

Finally, on Friday evening a man walked into a shop on 360 Atlantic Ave. and told the saleswoman he was waiting for his wife. As soon as the shoppers left, he pulled a boxcutter on the saleswoman and told her he wanted money. When she replied that there was none, he had her wait in a back room while he rifled through the clothes and made off with $1,625 worth of dresses. And her iPhone. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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  • Wrennie

    Heather, kudos to you on dispensing news about crimes in a way that seems almost funny and light-hearted, despite the fact that being a victim is certainly not very funny. Always a good read.

  • AL

    Heather When clicked on link re DHS guy, this is all I got:

    “Error 404 – Page not found! The page you trying to reach does not exist, or has been moved. Please use the menus or the search box to find what you are looking for.”

  • David on Middagh

    Delete the quote at the end of the link.

  • Heather Quinlan


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Hopefully, the ubiquity of video cameras will eventually get most of the rouge cops kicked off the force or put behind bars where they belong.

  • Johnny Pumpkin Seed

    I will never understand why people think it is ok to play with your iphone or ipad and etc….on the train. The subway system is not as safe or crime ridden as you think. Cant people go 10-15 minutes without using it or maybe most people who are transplanted to this city should realize we are not in Kansas anymore toto.

  • GHB

    @Arch Stanton “video cameras will eventually get most of the rouge cops kicked off the force”
    Rouge cops? What, do they wear makeup?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Sorry for the typo, I meant “rogue cops”