1. Police said that a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old were waiting to catch a bus at Broadway and West 231st Street at 4:15 a.m. on June 17 when two other men sized them up as easy marks for a robbery.
The robbers chatted in Spanish and watched as the 19-year-old dozed and the 17-year-old used his phone before making their move. Then the first robber pulled a knife and demanded the 17-year-old’s Samsung phone, valued at $300.
The suspect then trained the knife on the 19-year-old, threatening him and cutting a hole in his t-shirt. The second robber assisted the knife-wielder by reaching into the 19-year-old’s pants pocket and grabbing a wallet.
The wallet held $20 cash and a Metro card of unspecified worth in valuables, according to police. After the heist, the suspects fled on foot.
The robbery case remains open to detectives.
2. Morning robbery
A 53-year-old man was assailed by four unknown robbers at 255 W. 253rd St. while he was on the way to a No. 1 train station at 6:40 a.m. on June 17, police said.
Four youths shoved the man to the ground and punched him repeatedly in the face, snatching his Samsung Galaxy phone, whose value was not specified, and his house keys.
The robbery case remains open to detectives. Police said they have no leads in the case and do not expect to recover any surveillance footage.
3. Big burglary
Burglars stole $31,000 in items from a 66-year-old woman’s 4650 Independence Ave. apartment at 2:50 p.m. on June 19, police said.
After returning from a routine shopping trip that afternoon, the victim noticed that both her back door and the lock protecting it had been broken. She immediately called police, then went inside to discover $27,000 in cash missing from her residence. Six gold bracelets and a diamond heart necklace worth a total of $4,000 were also stolen. Silver earrings and other burglarized valuables had not yet been tallied.
The burglary case remains open to detectives.
4. Reckless endangerment
A 20-year-old man was pulled over at 3450 Jerome Ave. for recklessly operating his motorcycle at 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, according to police.
Authorities said the defendant was arrested for “not observing steady red lights” and “driving into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed.”
The reckless endangerment case, which constitutes a misdemeanor offense, has been closed to an arrest. Police said the 20-year-old had no prior arrests.
5. Mercedes stolen
Police said a black 2009 Mercedes Benz was stolen from the intersection of Fieldston Road and West 259th Street between 6 p.m. on June 19 and 11 p.m. on June 20.
Authorities said the victim, whose age was not specified, parked the hard-top, four-door model at the intersection on June 19 and returned later to find it nowhere in sight. No broken glass was found at the intersection.
The case was closed after police placed the vehicle’s information on an interstate stolen vehicles registry.
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