84th Precinct Police Blotter – 5/8/13

The days are getting longer but the perps are getting brazen-er. It’s this week’s blotter.

I had to get to the precinct a bit later yesterday but was greeted with a much more relaxed 84–maybe because of the weather, maybe because it was almost lunchtime. Because it certainly wasn’t due to the lack of crime going on, there was a stack of reports to get through. Starting with …

Another sleepy straphanger got snookered. (Alright, maybe “snookered” isn’t precisely correct, but it sounds good.) Translation: a 33-year-old woman fell asleep at the 53rd St R station, and when she awoke at Atlantic, her $1,100 MacBook Pro was gone.

An ATM at 3 in 1 Fast Food on Hoyt Street was destroyed early in the morning on April 29th. Pieces were strewn about the sidewalk, and $7,200 was stolen. Interestingly, this was the same place that an ATM was torn open with help from an SUV a couple weeks earlier. By the way, here are the Yelp reviews for 3 in 1, aside from a new ATM, apparently they need some help in customer service.

Last Tuesday, a 50-year-old woman left her pocketbook–with $9,000 inside–in a drawer at her home office on Bond Street. At some point one of the people with access to her apartment, including a housekeeper and babysitter, found the bag and stole the money. Though whether it was out of fear, guilt, or some other emotion, he or she took $7,500 instead of the entire amount.

Last Sunday, a 29-year-old man spit on a 39-year-old man at Brooklyn Criminal Court, and claimed he was HIV-positive. The man was arrested for assault.

There were several incidents of broad-daylight muggings: Last Saturday afternoon at the Fulton Mall, a 28-year-old man was jumped by three men who stole his Air Jordan 5s.

On Wednesday, a 36-year-old woman was on Dean Street walking toward Smith when a man grabbed her iPhone and disappeared on Hoyt.

The next morning, a bag was stolen from a 33-year-old man who was sitting on a bench at 360 Adams Street.

Last Tuesday at 2 p.m., a 59-year-old teacher at PS 307 went to an 8 am staff meeting; if that wasn’t bad enough, the bag she’d left in her desk was stolen.

That same day at 2pm at the 7 Old Fulton Street restaurant, a 19-year-old girl put her $750 bag down to chat with some friends, only to discover 10 minutes later that it was gone, along with a $2,000 MacBook Pro and $830 Canon Camera. And yikes, here are the Yelp reviews for this restaurant, they’re as bad as 3 in 1 Fast Food.

An hour earlier, a 27-year-old man was mugged on Sidney and Joralemon by someone believed to have a knife. The thief made off with $400.

At 4:45 pm that same day, a 15-year-old was approached by four males at Golconda Park who shoved him to the ground and stole his $375 transitional lenses. A bespectacled police officer and I were discussing what “transitional lenses” were. “Why transitional? He should have gone for the real thing,” he said. He then let me know he’s going for lasik surgery, he’d heard great reviews about it.

And finally, on Thursday at 1pm, a man outside 49 Duffield Street was pushed to the ground by a perp who stole his bike. And then his eyeglasses. And that’s this week’s blotter.

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  • GHB

    Jeezus! What a bunch of animals out there!

  • David on Middagh

    “An hour earlier [Tuesday, 1 P.M.], a 27-year-old man was mugged on Sidney and Joralemon by
    someone believed to have a knife. The thief made off with $400.”

    What is it about that location? Just secluded enough for the attackers to feel safe, but near enough to the Court St./Joralemon train entrance to make a getaway? Is there another factor?

  • T.K. Small

    At 1:39 PM I read this posting and had a chuckle. There must be a universal rule of humorous writing which holds that any reference to a “perp” makes people laugh.

  • Wiley E.

    No security cameras on the street. And a lot of woosies around.

  • Wiley E.

    T.K. Welcome back to the fray.

  • TeddyNYC

    I wonder if the person just visited the ATM and was followed?

  • T.K. Small

    It is not that I don’t want to participate. I have a new job and it is keeping me exceptionally busy. Perhaps when I settle into a routine, I can contribute more.

  • Andrew Porter

    Aren’t “transitional lenses” those eyeglasses that automatically darken in bright light? I tried them last century and found they didn’t get dark enough, nor return to total clarity in dim light. But mine were prescription lenses.

  • David on Middagh

    Is that autocorrect for “wookies”?

  • Aurelie

    I wonder how it is possible that muggers are so lucky. 7500$? 400$? 3580$ of goods in a single bag? And then, there is the “unlucky” ones who just leave with eyeglasses (?).

  • Wiley E.

    No, creative spelling for sissies.

  • David on Middagh

    *Whew*. Wookies make me nervous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.quinlan Heather Quinlan

    Aha! My Mom had those.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.quinlan Heather Quinlan

    Just once I would like there to be wookies in the police reports. They should throw one in to see if we’re paying attention.

  • willowtowncop

    We prefer “marshmallows” – soft and white.

  • Wiley E.

    A few months ago, I went to the 84th to make a complaint about a UPS package thief and they wouldn’t take the complaint. The mentally challenged civilian worker said it was a UPS issue.

    I though I had entered a special education session without teachers. What a mess!