Police Beat - December 11, 2014
A. Starbucks thief
A 16-year-old female ordered a cup of coffee on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at a Starbucks at 3503 Johnson Ave.
Police said that she left her bag at a table in the coffee store unattended while she made the order.
When she returned to the table, another customer informed her that an unknown man went into her bag while she left it unattended.
According to police, $20 was taken from her wallet, along with a debit card.
Police are reviewing surveillance. The case is open to detectives.
B. Elderly woman tricked
A 91-year-old woman was approached by a crook who tricked her into giving her a large sum of money on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. near West 235th Street and Henry Hudson Parkway.
The female perpetrator told the elderly woman that she found a bag with cash, police said.
Police suspect that the perpetrator tricked the woman into handing over a small amount of money in exchange for a larger amount from her bogus cash discovery, which she claimed exceeded $1,000.
Police said that the elderly woman withdrew $1,000 from her bank account and gave it to the perpetrator.
Detectives are investigating the scam.
C. Webb Ave. burglary
Police said an unknown perpetrator entered the window of a 30-year-old man and removed property from his apartment at 2725 Webb Ave. on Monday at around 10:30 p.m.
The tenant told police that he was home at time, but working on a computer in the living room when the burglary occurred.
Police said that the tenant felt a breeze hours later coming from a window in the bedroom and discovered that the window was slightly opened.
An iPod, ID card and a Bank of America debit card were taken from the apartment, police said.
The burglary is open to detectives.
D. Assault arrest
An 18-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault on Dec. 4 after a Dec. 2 assault in front of a building at 240 West 238th St., police said.
According to police, the suspect told a 23-year-old woman, “you will see me outside.” Police believe there was a dispute between them.
After the victim left her boyfriend’s house, the 18-year-old attacker lunged at her with her fist and then slammed her to the ground.
E. Reckless endangerment
A 41-year-old woman left her apartment near West 225th Street and Terrace View Avenue on Dec. 4 at around 6:40 a.m.
Police said that when she returned at 6 p.m., she noticed a hole in her living room wall and a bullet that had landed on the floor.
Detectives are investigating the case.
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