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BY JERRY DANZIG

Motorist vs. Bicyclist

Police made an arrest after an ugly incident involving a motorist and a bicyclist. At 3 p.m. on Friday, January 19, a 46-year-old male cab driver struck a 32-year-old male bike rider with his vehicle at the southwest corner of Cortland Street and Broadway, police said. The motorist then got out of his vehicle and set upon the bike rider. Jagheet Rathore was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with assault.

Bad ID

Law enforcement caught up to an ID thief who charged up $40,000 of unauthorized purchases at an Apple Store. Sometime on either November 29 or November 30, a 25-year-old man used a 60-year-old New Jersey man’s Bank of America credit card to make the unauthorized charges in the Apple store located at 103 Prince Street. Alexsandr Gurariiy was arrested on January 19 and charged with grand larceny. The police report didn’t say how the younger man had gained possession of the older man’s credit card.

Raw Deal

Police remind people that the safest place for personal property when you’re out wining and dining is on your lap. One downtown diner is likely to change her habits after about $25,000 was charged to her MasterCard after she found her wallet missing following a sushi supper. At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, the 39-year-old Reade Street resident was eating sushi on the second floor food court of Brookfield Place at 230 Vesey Street with her purse placed on the side of her chair. She later told police that she was unsure if her bag had been zipped all the way closed. She checked her MasterCard account and found unauthorized charges at a Louis Vuitton store amounting to $6,554.28, at a Gucci store totaling $8,361.60, and at an Apple Store in the amount of $2,501.84 for iPhone X’s and $3,047.41 for a MacBook Pro laptop. The total of the unauthorized charges came to $25,465.

Saks Smacks Back

Yet another ID thief got busted after plying her trade in the same store two weeks in a row. At 5:46 p.m. on Friday, January 19, a 29-year-old male employee inside the Saks Fifth Avenue location at 225 Liberty Street observed a 32-year-old woman making a purchase using another customer’s account without the latter’s consent. The employee stopped the suspect and found a fraudulent New Jersey driver’s license with the real owner’s information. He also discovered additional fraudulent state IDs and credit cards. The merchandise stolen and recovered included a sweater valued at $1,250, a skirt worth $704, and an jacket priced at $3,000.

Inside the thief’s purse the employee found as well a Saks receipt for a purchase made at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 11. The receipt listed the name of another customer. The employee contacted that individual, and she stated that the woman in the store did not have permission to use her account. The items stolen but not recovered on the earlier occasion included various denim outfits, sweaters, a wool jacket, and Creed and Tom Ford fragrances totaling $4,892. Octavia McIntyre was arrested on January 19 and charged with grand larceny by ID theft.


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