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Teens arrested on robbery charges

Three teenagers were arrested on Saturday, May 26, on robbery charges after they assaulted a man on Watts Street and took the victim’s sweatshirt, police said. According to the man’s account, the three repeatedly punched and kicked him before taking his Nike sweatshirt. The three — Angel Martinez, Fruquan Williams and Junialis Arias Rodriguez — were later apprehended in the neighborhood, arrested and charged with robbery.

Car Stolen from Parking garage

A man who parked his 2014 Audi A3 in a Spruce Street parking garage on the evening of May 22 returned just an hour later to find the sedan had been taken. A parking attendant said that an unknown man had driven the vehicle away, allegedly to have it serviced. The car keys were in the vehicle at the time of the theft. That model Audi lists online for prices of $20,000 or more.

Nano No-No

A shoplifter saw to it that a downtown boutique had one less designer bag in inventory. At 12:01 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, a 35-year-old female employee inside the Celine boutique on Wooster Street told police that a woman took a Celine Nano bag valued at $2,900 from a display shelf and placed it in her black tote bag then left without paying.

Cash Stolen from Diner Customer

Police remind the public that the back of a chair is NOT a secure place to keep your valuables in a restaurant. At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, a 54-year-old man eating lunch at the Cafe Plaza Deli at 11 Broadway turned to find his backpack had been riffled through. Surveillance video footage later showed that a man sitting behind the victim had reached around to pull out the victim’s wallet, take cash and then return the wallet. The victim was out $1,700 and 500 Chinese yen.

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