1. At 12:52 a.m. on May 20, a 47-year-old cab driver parked his car at the intersection of Jerome Avenue and the Major Deegan Expressway, stepped out for a walk and found the first of four robbers holding a gun to his head, according to police.
“Dame todo,” Spanish for “Give me everything,” the perpetrator reportedly said.
The robber, described as six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds, then rummaged through the driver’s pockets and took $225 cash. He fled the scene with his three co-conspirators.
The robbery case remains open to detectives.
2. Late night larceny
Police said two 18-year-old men were arrested at Independence Avenue and West 228th Street for grand larceny around 4 a.m. on May 25 when police patrolling the area observed them looking into cars and pulling on vehicles’ door handles.
Officers approached the suspects as they were staring into a black Toyota RAV4, according to authorities. A search of the suspects uncovered stolen credit cards, phone chargers and “mini shields” — small badges given to family members of city police officers, firefighters and other public sector employees.
The grand larceny case is closed to two arrests.
3. Claritin, beer stolen
Police said two thieves ages 44 and 54 were arrested for attempting to steal about $600 worth of Claritin allergy medication at the Rite Aid on 5825 Broadway on Monday, Memorial Day.
In addition to “numerous packs of Claritin,” officers called to the scene found the men to be in possession of a stolen six-pack of Heineken beer. An employee noticed the men trying to leave the store’s premises with the goods.
The petit larceny case is closed to an arrest.
4. GPS, tablet taken
A man parked his car at 185 W. 238th at 10 a.m. on May 21. Before an hour had passed, his rear window was smashed, and his valuables taken, police said.
The perpetrator made off with a Dell tablet worth $350 and a GPS system worth $200.
“There are cameras in the vicinity, but not in that exact location,” a community affairs spokesman for the 50th said, adding he was not sure how detectives would proceed with the open petit larceny case.
The spokesman did not comment on what area residents called a growing trend in thefts along West 238th Street in Kingsbridge Heights. The Press last reported a larceny there in April.
5. Stolen dirt bike
A 38-year-old man was found to be in possession of a stolen red 1998 Honda dirt bike when police visited his 3015 Kingsbridge Terrace residence at 10 p.m. on May 19 in the course of an unspecified investigation, authorities said.
After discovering the bike stored inside the residence, police became suspicious and ran its license plate against an interstate stolen vehicles registry.
Police could not confirm the investigation that brought them to the residence, but said that the bike belonged to a 31-year-old resident of Philadelphia.
The criminal possession of stolen property case is closed to an arrest.
6. Drugs uncovered
Police said on March 18, they uncovered a “large quantity” of alleged cocaine and drug paraphernalia in an apartment at 2700 Henry Hudson Parkwway.
Upon searching the unit, officers discovered a gallon-sized bag apparently containing cocaine and dilutants along with two scales and 69 vials. Oxycodone pills were also found on the premises.
Wilbert Candelaria, 40, admitted to detectives that the oxycodone belonged to him, and Sandra Quirola, 32, was observed “acting in concert” with him, according to a criminal complaint.
The duo has been arraigned on charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Both pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance. Mr. Candelaria will next appear in Bronx Criminal Court on Tuesday, June 30. Ms. Quirola will next appear in court on Wednesday, June 17.
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