Attention Upper West Siders: the 20th Precinct, along with precincts throughout the city, has received an uptick in complaints of Apple devices being stolen from public transportation, bars and off the street. Keep your eyes and hands on your iPhones, iPods, iPads and MacBooks at all times.
More UWS Bank Fraud
On February 26th, at a bank on Broadway, an employee received a fraud warning to be on the lookout for an unknown woman. The woman shortly after walked into the bank and presented the teller with a stolen ID, and attempted to remove $4,500 from a bank account. The fraud warning matched the info on the fake ID. The woman was arrested, and the case is closed.
In another case of bank fraud, a 77-year-old woman living on Riverside Drive received a phone call from her bank saying that $1000 had been withdrawn from her account, and another $1000 spent at a local Apple store. The victim last saw her debit card about a month ago, and she has since canceled her cards.
Hefty Burglary on Riverside Drive
On February 23rd, a 42-year-old man living at Riverside Drive said that he returned to his apartment and discovered his door unlocked. He entered the apartment and saw his window open. After walking around his apartment, he discovered that his bike, MacBook, two iPhones, watch, two suits and shoes were missing. In total the missing items were worth over $12,000. Cop dusted for prints, but did not find anything. The incident occurred between 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday. No arrests have been made.
Burglar on 82nd Street Caught in Action
Inside a building on West 82nd Street, on February 24th around midnight, a witness observed an unknown man attempting to manipulate the lock to get into the building unlawfully. The perpetrator was observed attempting to remove a bike, worth $89, from inside an apartment. The perpetrator, a 48-year-old man, was arrested for burglary and the bike was recovered.
On 66th Street, a 22-year-old woman who lives at West 62nd Street bought gift cards from an unknown man. The perpetrator called customer service to prove that the cards were working, but the victim discovered that they were not. The victim took her money back from the perpetrator. They then got into a verbal dispute which resulted in the perpetrator pulling his victim's hair and pushing her. The 23-year-old man was arrested for robbery.
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