Crime watch

| 27 Aug 2018 | 12:45


Coffee ClashA man was arrested on robbery charges for refusing to pay for a cup of coffee, police said. At 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, a man entered the JN Natural store at 202 Sixth Ave. and took a cup of coffee without paying. A store employee confronted the man, later identified by police as Renaldo Tabon, outside and asked him to pay. Tabon allegedly refused, saying, “Someone else is paying for this coffee.” The employee then went back in the store to call 911, and the man followed him inside and took two umbrellas. Arriving officers found Tabon and arrested him. The two umbrellas stolen and recovered totaled $10, and the cup of coffee was priced at $2.

Businesses BurglarizedA pair of burglars scored quite a haul in a downtown office complex. At 1:30 a.m. on Friday, August 17, two men entered the Thompson Square Studios complex at 54 Thompson St. using a pass code known only to employees and lobby staff. They then carried a large suitcase from office to office, removing desktop and laptop computers, headphones, a camera and lens and keyboards. The value of the electronics was put at $41,171.

Two Motorcycles Stolen One NightTwo late-model imported motorcycles disappeared the same night recently, police said. At 4 p.m. on Monday, August 13, a 48-year-old Murray Street resident parked his 2016 Ducati Scrambler in front of 315 North End Ave. after picking it up from the tow pound at Pier 17. The bike, valued at $10,000, was gone when he returned the next morning.

Later that Monday, a 36-year-old Pine Street resident parked his 2017 BMW R nineT, valued at $15,000, in front of 130 Beekman St. only for him to also find his bike on that Tuesday morning. Neither motorcycle has since been recovered.

Chanel HellApparently, vintage Chanel bags are just as appealing to thieves as new ones. At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, a man said to be in his early 30s and a woman were seen browsing in the What Goes Around Comes Around store at 351 West Broadway when they took a blue leather Chanel caviar valued at $5,250 and a coffee leather Chanel Jumbo priced at $5,950 off a shelf and left the store without paying for the items. Officers searched the neighborhood but could locate the pair.

Hit Up and Shut DownBurglars paid a weekend visit to a restaurant that has since closed. Sometime between 8 p.m. on Friday, August 3 and 10 a.m. on Monday, August 6, someone removed $9,992.04 from the store drop box at the Noon Mediterranean restaurant at 222 Broadway. The drop box had not been tampered with, and multiple employees had access to the location, according to the account given to police. The restaurant has since closed permanently.