A scary chance reservoir meeting


It wasn’t even particularly late at night — and probably not even all the way dark yet — when someone walked up to a 33-year-old man walking near the Jerome Park Reservoir at University Avenue and Reservoir Avenue.

When the second man drew close, he pulled up his sweatshirt, showing a pistol tucked into his waistband, police said, telling him, “I’m going to kill you.”

But he didn’t kill him. Instead, the gun-brandishing man ran away, and the victim was reportedly too shocked to see where he went or share with police exactly what he looked like.

Investigators weren’t sure if the victim and the man who threatened him knew each other, or if it was just a random encounter, but are on the lookout for the pistol-wielder.


Revving the engine

It was a sad day for one motorcycle owner on Aug. 17.

The driver had parked his red and black Suzuki near the intersection of Kappock Street and Johnson Avenue, police said, and last had eyes on it around 1 a.m. on the 17th. When he returned for it later that day, keys in hand, it had been stolen.

He called the police, who searched the surrounding area but didn’t find much, but did open an investigation into the theft. The victim reported that the bike was worth about $4,000.


Neighbors are good security cameras

An evening outside took a turn for one man on West 260th Street when he saw two people entering his neighbor’s garage — two people who definitely weren’t supposed to be there.

It was around 6:30 in the evening on Aug. 17 when the man followed two young men into the garage to see what they were up to. They appeared to be stealing a bicycle, police said, but promptly dropped it and ran out of the garage and down the street in different directions.

Nothing was successfully taken from the garage, thanks to the neighbor’s confrontation, but police are still looking out for the would-be thieves, one white man about 28 years old, standing five-foot-nine and 170 pounds, and the second a Black man about 20 years old, six feet tall, and 150 pounds.


Home renovations, or something illegal?

Some might see construction sites as an offense to the eyes and ears, but for others, they look like a goldmine.

That was the case for someone walking past a construction site at 3707 Blackstone Avenue, police said.

Cipco Developers of New York, Inc., reported that sometime between 1:35 and 7 a.m. on Aug. 17, someone entered the construction site empty handed and left with their bags packed full of tools — $7,500 worth of tools.

Those included a Milwaukee press tool, used in plumbing to create a water tight seal, worth nearly $4,000, and a series of drills, each worth at least a few hundred dollars.

Police are on the lookout for the thief, but don’t have much description to work with.