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Subway mugging

Police arrested one of a trio of an alleged subway muggers. On the afternoon of Saturday, January 27, a 26-year-old man just off a train at Fulton Street station was approached by a 22-year-old man who threw him to the ground, and held him as two accomplices took his phone before all three ran away, police said. The victim told police that one of the robbers damaged his sunglasses, and that he sustained an injury to his right pinky and left knee, for which he was taken to Lower Manhattan Hospital for treatment following the 2:40 p.m. incident The items stolen were a Samsung Galaxy J Prime phone valued at $150 and a pair of sunglasses. Police, though, caught up to Arrick Way later that day and arrested on robbery charges.

Distracted Robbing

Thieves took advantage of a transit rider’s distraction to steal his stuff. At 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, a 24-year-old Upper West Side man boarded a crowded southbound express train at 72nd Street and Broadway and placed his book bag on the floor between his legs. He later told police he did not fall asleep, but he probably did use his phone for a short time. When he arrived at the Park Place station, his bag, holding over $4,000 in electronics, was missing. The items included a Sony Alpha camera, a Mac laptop and other items.

Vanishing Handbag

A chair back can be a setback for diners intent on holding onto their property. At 3 p.m. on Friday, January 26, a 26-year-old Bergenfield, N.J., woman placed her handbag on the back of her chair while having lunch with friends in the bar area of the Del Frisco’s Grille at 250 Vesey Street. When she went to remove an item from her bag 20 minutes, the bag, along with about $2,550 in property, was gone. The restaurant manager reviewed surveillance video and spotted an unknown man removing her bag from the chair and leaving the location through a side door. Police searched the neighborhood but couldn’t locate the thief or the stolen property. The items taken included a Dell laptop valued at $2,000 and other items.

Blue Jean Blues

A local Gap store had a gap in its inventory after a shoplifting couple struck. At 10:09 a.m. on Monday, January 22, a female employee of the popular clothing store at 172 Broadway saw a man and woman walk into the store, take 20 pairs of jeans with a total value of $1,399 from a table and then bolt from the store without paying.

ID Thief Arrested

A Big Apple ID thief helped himself to some sunglasses courtesy of Texas man – for a time, police said. On the Fourth of July 4, a 26-year-old man, later identified by police as Ari Manswell, used a forged credit card to make unauthorized charges at a Sunglass Hut located at 157 Spring Street. The man bought two Gucci sunglasses valued at $734 and attempted to purchase another pair of sunglasses priced at $977 as well as a fourth pair tagged at $525, making a total illegal shopping spree of $2,236. The Garland, Texas, man did not report the crime last month, when police traced the fraudulent purchase to Manswell, who was arrested on grand larceny charges on January 24.

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