Crime Watch

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Chambers Plot

A young subway passenger experienced a rude awakening recently. At 3 a.m. on Monday, June 12, a 19-year-old man asleep on a southbound 1 train was awakened by three men, two estimated to be in their late teens and another in his 20s as the train coursed downtown, police said. One of the trio grabbed the victim’s bag from the man’s lap and ran off the train at the Chambers Street station. The victim ran after the thief, heading upstairs to the mezzanine level, where they fought. A second person of the trio grabbed the victim’s pocket and ripped it as he removed the victim’s iPhone, along with a MetroCard and $20 in cash. The man then threw the wallet back at the victim. The victim told police that his jacket was also taken. The three men finally boarded a northbound 3 train as it was leaving the station, and the victim refused medical attention at the scene, according to police.


Another subway rider had a problem with a woman brandishing an umbrella, and it wasn’t Mary Poppins! At 4:57 p.m. on Friday, June 16, a 27-year-old woman was walking along a train mezzanine inside the Broad Street station when she got into a dispute with another woman. The other woman then struck the 27-year-old in the face with an umbrella and her hand, police said. The assailant then struck her again with an unknown object before fleeing on a northbound A or C train to parts unknown. The victim sustained a small cut on her head and was taken to New York Downtown Hospital. Police searched the station but couldn’t locate the assailant.

No Closure at Chloé

Another week, another clothing store burglary in SoHo. At 4:19 a.m. on Friday, June 16, three burglars broke the front door window of the Chloé Boutique SoHo at 93 Greene Street and entered the shop. The bad guys wore gloves and hooded sweatshirts as they placed merchandise in plastic garbage bags. The items stolen included 25 leather bags with a total value of $25,000, police said.

Nicked Out

At 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, an unknown individual smashed and entered a window on the second floor at 337 West Broadway, removed property from the real estate office of Town Residential SoHo, and then left. Police later searched the building and roof but couldn’t locate the burglar. The items stolen included two computer routers, a server, a painting of Mike Tyson, a pair of sunglasses. The haul is valued at $6,350.

Stranger Danger

Unable to borrow a cellphone, a woman stole one instead, police said. At 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, a woman was walking home at the northwest corner of Broadway and Leonard Street when another woman asked if she could use her cellphone. The woman refused the request, saying, “I don’t know you.” The supplicant then snatched the cellphone from the owner’s hand and fled northbound on Broadway toward Canal Street.

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