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Pedestrian Assault

Police arrested a man on assault charges after he allegedly attacked a woman with a lit cigarette. At 4:16 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, a 37-year-old woman was walking in front of 135 Reade Street when a 30-year-old man, an individual unknown to her and later identified as Oosseynov Soure, put a lit cigarette in her right eye, burning her top and bottom eyelids, police said.

Caught Red-Handbagged

Two shoplifters were nabbed by police after resisting arrest. At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23, a 24-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman removed merchandise inside the Saks Fifth Avenue located at 225 Liberty Street before concealing the items in a bag and leaving the store, police said. They then placed the merchandise into another bag inside of a black livery cab belonging to the woman. A police officer intervened, and both defendants resisted arrest by flailing their arms to evade being handcuffed, according to the police account. Jacob Poole and Erica Ford were arrested and charged with grand larceny. The items stolen and recovered included seven Edie Parker handbags and one Marc Jacobs handbag totaling $11,011.

Repo Creepo

A man impersonating a law enforcement employee stole a woman’s SUV. At 1 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, a 60-year-old Albany woman was at work when a male coworker told her that her vehicle, a red 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Florida license plates, was being towed. She confronted the person attempting to tow her car, a 30-year-old man, opposite 320 Pearl Street. She told police he told her, “I’m NYPD repo. I’m taking your car; get your key and take your stuff.” He also briefly showed her something on his phone that she didn’t understand. When she reported the incident on February 23 she told police that the suspect was driving a white unmarked pickup truck, he offered no further credentials, and he failed to provide a receipt for her Cherokee. No price was listed for the stolen vehicle, but other 2014 Cherokees have been valued online at more than $23,000.

Laptop Lifted

At 11:40 a.m. on Monday, February 19, a 27-year-old man was working inside the Aphrodite Cleaners located at 221 Front Street when someone apparently entered the business and made off with the employee’s own laptop that was sitting on a desk. The stolen computer was a gray Apple MacBook Pro valued at $1,300.

Arresting Developments

At 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, a 37-year-old man, a 50-year-old man, and a 32-year-old woman working together took several lingerie items from the Victoria’s Secret store at 591 Broadway without intending to pay for them, according to police. The items stolen and recovered were 14 panties, one slip, and fourteen bras totaling $1,063. Jamarr Campbell, Charles Trotter and Kesha Brooke were arrested and charged with grand larceny.

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