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Tourist mugged in subway

At 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, police said a visitor from Scotland was walking along the upper mezzanine of the Broadway/Nassau Street subway station when she was approached by a woman who snatched her iPhone 5S cellphone out of her hand. The Scotswoman demanded her phone back when the thief’s accomplice, another woman, blocked the victim’s path and then punched her. The victim then followed the pair to the A/C train platform, where the second thief grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground, kicking her repeatedly. The two women then fled the station, and police were unable to locate them in the vicinity. The victim had suffered bruises and scratches to her neck area but refused medical attention. The phone is valued at $767.

Carted Off

Not all is fair in love and food-cart war. At 10:24 a.m. on May 27, a 48-year-old male vendor had a dispute with another 39-year-old man regarding the location of his food cart in front of 30 Wall St. Their argument escalated until the 39-year-old struck the other man in the face, knocking him unconscious, police said. The victim was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital for evaluation, and his assailant, Sameh Amer, was arrested later that Saturday and charged with assault.

Lost Lacoste

Where’s the Lacoste alligator when you need him? At 12:25 p.m. on Monday, May 22, a 24-year-old female employee of the Lacoste store at 541 Broadway witnessed five male teens come into the store, take and conceal items from displays. The boys then left the store but soon returned. One of the boys said, “We going to show you!” and took more shirts from a display table. The employee grabbed that teen to try and retrieve the merchandise, but the teen punched her in the face. One of the others also pushed the employee to help the second escape. All five then fled on foot southbound on Broadway, and police were unable to find them. The employee refused medical attention at the scene. The stolen merchandise included nine shirts worth a total of $710 and a watch valued at $125.

Liberace Lament

Clearly we’re not in Kansas anymore. At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 22, a 65-year-old man had the Oz Moving & Storage company of Yonkers help him move his belongings from 100 Morton Str. to 50 West St. The man later told police that by the end of the move at 7:30 p.m. the movers had transported all his boxes of property except for one that was missing, containing a candelabra valued at $25,000.

Hardwood Knocks

A missing sander will surely raise one’s dander. At 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, a 30-year-old man working for O’Brien Hardwood Floors of Montvale, N.J., parked his van on Church Street and went to work at a job in the building. When he returned to his truck at 4 p.m. a lock to the van had been broken, and his floor-sanding machine, valued at $6,800, was gone.

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