BY JERRY DANZIG
Bodega Employee AssaultedA bodega employee suffered an injury trying to stop two shoplifters, police said. At 3:38 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, a 34-year-old male employee inside the Essen Grocery store at 160 Varick St. saw two men concealing items of food and beverage, later estimated at $25. The two then left the store without paying, and the employee followed them into the street to confront them, according to the police account. An argument ensued, during which one of the men punched the employee, possibly breaking his nose. The perpetrators then fled eastbound on Vandam Street.
$17K IN CLOTHING TAKENIt’s amazing how many designer clothes “fall off” the back of the truck. At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, a 27-year-old man was delivering boxes of merchandise to the Bathing Ape store at 91 Greene St. when an unknown man removed two boxes containing about $17,000 worth of clothing from the back of the truck. The driver told police that he had left the truck’s rear gate unlocked and partially open when the boxes were taken. He also said that an anonymous witness had told him that the robber wore red gloves and had fled eastbound on Spring Street on foot. The items stolen included 16 men’s jackets valued, five women’s jackets, 13 pairs of men’s pants, 10 pair of men’s shoes totaling $2,500 and six baby bags.
Forgotten PurseA young woman from Staten Island paid a very high price for a moment of forgetfulness. At 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, a 22-year-old woman was waiting in the seating area inside the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 4 South Street. When she got up to go, she left her purse on the seat. She realized her mistake and returned 10 minutes later, but the purse, including an $8,000 wallet and $1,200, was gone. Surveillance video showed a man pick up her purse and leave the terminal.
Clutch CargoA Hermés bag is a status symbol two shoplifters apparently couldn’t ignore. At 3:08 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, two men entered the Hermés store at 15 Broad St. One man removed a bag from a shelf and placed it into the other’s shoplifting “booster bag.” The two thieves then left the location, heading in an unknown direction. The stolen bag was a Halzan model valued at $5,600.
Tracked but Not RecoveredEven tracking software couldn’t help recover a stolen bike recently. At 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, a 33-year-old woman left her white-and-blue VanMoof, valued at $3,000, chained up in front of 200 Chambers St. When she returned on August 11 at 9:30 a.m. her two-wheeler was gone. The bike was equipped with tracking software, which revealed the vehicle’s last known location as 199 Chambers Street. A search of that building turned up nothing.