By Maya Rajamani
1. Police said on May 23 at approximately 3 p.m., a 30-year old-female received a call at 265 West Kingsbridge Road from a person purporting to be a Con Edison worker, claiming she owed money on her bill. During a series of phone calls, the victim activated three Green Dot Moneypak cards, losing $1,500 to the scammer.
Police have warned consumers about the card scam for months, telling people to be suspicious of callers demanding immediate payment for any reason.
The grand larceny case from May 23 is open to detectives.
2. Vanished ’vette
Authorities said at 10 a.m. on May 21, a 34-year-old male parked his 2003 Chevy Corvette opposite 6601 Broadway. Upon returning to the vehicle at 1 p.m., he found the vehicle missing.
There was no broken glass in the area, and the vehicle, valued at $19,000, was parked legally. The grand larceny auto case is under investigation.
3. Graffiti and grass
Officers observed a 19-year-old male making graffiti in front of 506 Mosholu Ave. on May 22 around 2:33 a.m.
After officers arrested the man, they recovered five Sharpie markers and marijuana.
The man was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and making graffiti.
4. iPhone thief busted
At the corner of Sedgwick Avenue and West 229th Street on May 22 at 10:15 p.m., a 16-year-old male reportedly displayed a knife and demanded that a 26-year-old male give up his Apple iPhone 5s valued at $600.
Shortly after, police caught the 16-year-old perpetrator. Details of the arrest were not immediately clear. The phone was recovered, and the teen was charged with robbery.
5. Early-hour DUI
Around 3:52 a.m. on May 24, officers observed a 24-year-old male sitting behind the wheel of his 2010 Dodge SUV at the northwest corner of Broadway and West 231st Street.
The man was found to be intoxicated inside his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with a DUI.
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