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Cigarette tax evasion


1. Cigarette tax evasion

Police said they found a 33-year-old man in possession of cigarettes with counterfeit tax stamps on Broadway and West 259th Street at 1:12 a.m. on Monday.

According to the Department of Justice, some tobacco traffickers use the counterfeit stamps to avoid paying state excise taxes.

Police said they arrested the man.

2. Luxury larceny

At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, a 28-year-old woman returned to her car at Gouverneur Avenue and Van Cortlandt Avenue West to find the rear passenger window of her Nissan Rogue shattered.

The woman told police that when she searched her car, she discovered her GPS, Gucci sunglasses, briefcase, several articles of clothing, business cards, two perfume bottles and a Luminex airbrush were missing. The value of the stolen goods was estimated to be $1,355, according to police.

The grand larceny case remains open to detectives.

3. Robbed at knifepoint

Police said a male teen was robbed while walking on the southeast corner of Webb Avenue and West 197th Street at 3:40 p.m. on Jan. 10 when another teen and his accomplices took his hat and pushed him down.

The main perpetrator took the victim’s phone at knifepoint as the victim tried to call 911.

The armed robbery case remains open to detectives.

4. Grand theft auto

A 34-year-old woman who parked her blue Dodge Caravan on the northwest corner of Review Place and West 239th Street on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 11, told police she found it gone when she returned for the vehicle on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 a.m.

The woman said the vehicle was valued at $1,300 and a Ricardo car seat worth $200 was inside the van at the time of the theft.

The investigation of the grand theft auto case is ongoing.

5. A theft-less burglary

Police said a 27-year-old woman returned to her apartment after work and found her front door, as well as both bedroom doors, open. However, the burglars left her belongings untouched.

The burglary occurred inside 2727 University Ave. on Jan. 8. The case is open to detectives.

Items in Police Beat are based on reports of crimes and arrests. Those arrested are not guilty unless convicted by a court. Police Beat does not include every crime in The Press’ coverage area.