Police Beat

Petty pizza larceny


1.A 37-year-old employee from Giovanni’s Pizza told police he was delivering food to 2829 Sedgwick Ave. on Jan. 31 at 4 p.m., when the customer attempted to pay the $43 bill with two counterfeit $20 bills. After the deliveryman confronted the perpetrator, the suspect fled the location with the food.

Police said the perpetrator was approximately 20 years old.

As no video was obtained from the scene of the crime, the petty larceny case is closed.

2. M&A assault

Police said a 25-year-old male entered M&A Convenience grocery store at 119 Kingsbridge Road at 11:12 a.m. on Jan. 31 and requested store credit for cigarettes. When a 50-year-old male employee denied his request and asked him to leave, the two men argued, then engaged in a physical fight. The employee grabbed a stick from behind the counter to defend himself, but the perpetrator took the stick from the employee and hit him on the head with it outside the store, where the fight had moved.

The employee was taken to the hospital. The perpetrator escaped.

The case remains open to detectives.

3. Driving while intoxicated

On Saturday 11:48 p.m., an officer pulled over a man driving a 2003 Audi with a defective headlight at West Kingsbridge Road and Sedgwick Avenue. Upon approaching the vehicle, he observed that the 21-year-old male driver had watery, bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech.

After the man failed a sobriety test, the officer arrested him on DWI charges.

4. Grand larceny auto

A 40-year-old male told police he parked his 2008 black Honda Civic at the intersection of Jerome Avenue and East 223rd Street on Jan. 28 at 3 p.m., but when he returned the vehicle was missing.

Police discovered the car had not been towed after running its license plate through their system.

The grand larceny auto case is still under investigation.

5. Lone Star State forgery

On Saturday at 7:05 p.m., police say they observed a BMW X5 with a forged Texas temporary license plate at the northeast corner of Van Cortlandt Avenue West and Orloff Avenue

Upon further investigation, the 21-year-old male driver of the car was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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