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Five Take

Of course, phones remain high on shoplifters’ most wanted lists. At 2:42 p.m. on Monday, April 2, five men entered the AT&T store at 217 Broadway, snatched several phones from a display and ran out of the store. The stolen phones included an iPhone X, valued at $1,000; an iPhone 8 Plus, priced at $850; and an iPhone 7 worth $650.

Bad Sanda

Police seek the public’s help in locating a suspected shoplifter. At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, two women said to be in their early 20s took merchandise from the Victoria’s Secret store at 591 Broadway. Police said store personnel identified one of the perpetrators as Sanda Blending. The total amount stolen came to $2,380.

Backpack Snatch

If you are going to lay down a bag or backpack on the floor in a restaurant, you’re advised to secure it. Sometime between 1:30 and 1:50 p.m. on Monday, April 2, someone took the backpack belonging to a New Haven, Connecticut, woman sitting eating lunch at the Broad Street Potbelly. The victim had placed her backpack on the floor next to her chair. No one at the table saw anyone approach and take her belongings. The items stolen included a laptop valued at $1,400, the backpack. priced at $200 and other items.

saks larceny arrest

Saks Fifth Avenue security personnel and the police brought down yet another ID thief. At 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, a 29-year-old woman was seen by store personnel at 225 Liberty Street branch purchasing merchandise using a store card and account that she was not authorized to use. The woman, later identified as Shuang Liu, also forged an account owner’s signature on the receipt, police said. The items she tried to buy included cosmetics from La Prairie and Hermès, an Yves St. Laurent handbag, and a Balenciaga handbag. Shuang was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

Lift Controllers Lifted

Costly construction equipment also appeals to enterprising crooks. Sometime between 2 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, construction equipment was taken from the 3 World Trade Center construction site located at 175 Greenwich St. The items stolen were 2 JLG scissor lift controllers totaling $2,400.

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