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Bottle Bash

One man apparently misunderstood the phrase “striking up a conversation.” At 11 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, a 30-year-old man stopped a 28-year-old man in front of 121 Fulton Street and asked for a cigarette. The younger man then asked the older man where he lived, at which the latter struck the other in the head with a bottle, cutting his face. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

When Push Comes to Shoplifting

A shoplifter got pushy at a local store recently. At 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, three people – a 40-year-old man, a 28-year-old man, and a third individual of unstated age and gender – entered the Verizon store at 2 Broadway inquiring about phone service. One of the three then asked a female employee a question while another of the trio held open the front door and the third ripped two iPhones together worth nearly $2,000 off a display rack. The man talking to the employee then pushed her out of the way before the three fled westbound on Beaver Street.

Vent Event

Who knew there’s a market for stolen temperature control boxes? At 11 a.m. on Friday, October 20, it was discovered that equipment had been removed from the TBTA Governors Island vent building at the southwest corner of Joseph P. Ward and West Streets. A foreman working for a Queens electrical contractor reported that the item stolen was a CJE temperature control box valued at $6,000. Police learned that the TBTA Governors Island vent building has multiple points of entry, and numerous contractors and employees had access to the site.

Tag You’re Out

Police arrested a shoplifter who tried to arrange his own form of tag sale. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, a 44-year-old male employee of the Century 21 store at 22 Cortlandt Street saw a 23-year-old man select items of merchandise, remove the price tags, and replace them with tags bearing different prices. The employee then observed the shoplifter heading to the second floor to pay for the items with the altered tags. The shoplifter was stopped by another 29-year-old male employee who recovered the items and verified that the tags had been switched. Louis Williams was arrested November 25 and charged with grand larceny.

Hotel Guest Robbed

It would seem that a downtown hotel needs to vet its employees more carefully. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 23, a 22-year-old California man left his room at the Smyth hotel at 85 West Broadway to go to dinner. When he returned at 11:30 p.m. his cellphone was missing from the room. Apparently, a number of hotel employees had access. The stolen cell was a Samsung Galaxy S8 valued at $1,200.

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