To quote Gene Pitney: It isn’t very pretty what a town without pity can do. It’s this week’s blotter.
The cleaning folks were doing triage in the 84 reception area yesterday, and I have to say they did a much better job than anyone who’s ever worked at the reception desk. Usually the waiting room is packed with the confused, the felonious, and the elderly. None knowing which window they should go to. Yesterday, Ellis, the man with a mop, greeted newcomers with, “Hello!” “Can I help you?” “Who are you here to see?” Maybe Ray Kelly put forward some new policy regarding the cleaning staff, I don’t know, but whatever it was, there was 60% less hollering. Moving on …
Last Friday, a manicurist who went to open up her nail salon on Fulton St was met by a man already in the store, who ran out with $1,316.
That same day on Warren St, a fight between a 55-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter ended when the daughter was arrested.
Two more disputes led to violence and arrests—the first took place last Wednesday on Pacific between 3rd and 4th Aves, when a 63-year-old man stabbed a 37-year-old man with a kitchen knife during an argument. The second occurred the day before at the McDonald’s on Fulton St, after a 46-year-old man bumped into a 50-year old man; the 50-year-old hit the younger man on the wrist with his cane and broke his watch.
On Atlantic near Barclays, a 46-year-old employee of a phone card service was on his route when he was approached by a man claiming to have a gun; the victim handed over a bag of cash totaling $22,239.74.
Last Saturday morning at 5 a.m. two men, one armed, stole the cash register from the Smith Street Market.
A couple hours later on Gold St, a 23-year-old man was robbed by a thug who got away with $200 and the victim’s social security card.
On Sunday morning, a 49-year-old man chained up his $1,750 Trek Aluminum Racing Bike on Schermerhorn St, but found the chain cut and the bike gone when he returned.
A 49-year-old who gambled on Planet Fitness lost after his combination lock was broken and his pants were stolen from his locker.
Finally, around 3 p.m. Thursday on a northbound F train, a 15-year-old girl snatched an iPhone from a woman as the train pulled into the Jay St station. The victim gave chase yelling, “Stop that girl with the blue hair! She stole my phone!” Cops cuffed the teen on the stairwell. And that’s this week’s blotter.