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BY jerry danzig

Armed Robbery in Subway

A teenager survived a scary encounter in the subway. At 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, January 14, an 18-year-old woman was riding in the last car of a southbound 4 train when she was approached by a man some 18 to 25 years old who displayed a black firearm and told her, “Empty your pockets and give me your phone!” She handed over her $800 cellphone and he then reached into the victim’s left sweatshirt pocket and took four $5 bills. He got off at the Fulton Street station and told the young woman to stay on the train. Fortunately, she had sustained no injuries, but police were unable to find the robber in the area.

Rude Awakening

Falling asleep in the subway can be a nightmare. At 4:50 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, a 26-year-old man riding the southbound E train woke to see a man wearing a white jacket trying to steal his bag. The two men got into a fight, and the victim told police he thought something had been thrown at him. When he got off the train at Spring Street he realized that he’d actually been slashed. He told police he’d never seen the instrument that the robber used to cut him. He did manage to retain his bag, however.

Motorcycle Stolen

It’s often risky leaving your motorcycle parked on a street for a single night, much less three weeks. A Gramercy Park man told police on January 8 that his black, 2012 Ducati was stolen sometime between November 25 and December 18 from where he had parked it on Pearl Street. Police searched the neighborhood but couldn’t find the heisted bike, which is valued at $12,000.

Coat Theft

A young man probably regrets not having checked his coat in a nightclub. At 11 p.m. on Friday, January 12, a 25-year-old man left his a gray Moncler coat, valued at $1,700, on a chair inside Paul’s Casablanca at 305 Spring Street while he went to the restroom. The garment was missing when he returned just five minutes later.

Pinched Pocketbook

Police remind women to keep pocketbooks and handbags in your lap when you patronize coffee shops, bars or restaurants. At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, a 46-year-old woman sat at a table and laid her bag down next to her in the Birch Coffee shop at 8 Spruce Street. At 12:05 p.m. she noticed that her bag was no longer there. The items stolen included a navy blue Longchamp pocketbook valued at $150, a wallet priced at $200, $400 in cash, a pair of prescription sunglasses tagged at $200, and various credit and debit cards and other items.

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