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Police arrested some graffiti taggers following a confrontation. At 9:15 p.m. on Monday, February 12, an officer saw four men and one woman spraying graffiti on a commercial building on Church Street. The officer identified himself and tried to apprehend the perpetrators, but a 21-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man Maced the officer, and the woman flailed her arms, grabbed the officer’s handcuffs, and pulled his shield off in an attempt to evade arrest, according to police. Three members of the graffiti gang fled to parts unknown, but Anwyn Goldberg, 21, and Solomon Watkins, 20, were arrested and charged with assault. Police are looking for their accomplice.

Saks Offenders

Saks security personnel shut down shoplifters in two recent incidents. At 3:19 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, a 26-year-old male employee in the Saks store at 230 Vesey Street observed a young male taking merchandise off a rack and putting it in his backpack. The youth tried to leave the store without paying, but the employee stopped him. Store personnel recovered clothing totaling $2,060. The 15-year-old was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

Then at 2:01 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, a 30-year-old man entered another Saks store at 250 Vesey Street, removed and concealed a $1,500 jacket, and tried to leave the store. Justin Murraine was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

No Eagle Eyes Here

Apparently, placing a bag near a store security officer doesn’t always make it secure. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 16, a 19-year-old woman from the Bronx entered the American Eagle Outfitters store at 599 Broadway and placed her bag on the ground next to a security officer while she went shopping. When she returned 30 minutes later her bag was gone. The items stolen included a MacBook Air laptop valued at $1,000, a Microsoft laptop of no stated value, a pair of Steve Madden boots worth $150, a Forever 21 women’s top, American Eagle pants priced at $80, and other items.

Scoring Jeans without Means

Jeans continue to appeal to shoplifters. At 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, a man went into the Gap store at 172 Broadway, grabbed 17 pairs of Gap jeans, and left the store without paying. Police searched the neighborhood but couldn’t find the thief or the stolen jeans, whose value was put at $1,359.

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