Last Wednesday, Feb. 1, a 55-year-old New Jersey woman took out $2,000 in cash from a Brooklyn ATM before getting on the subway at Court Street. When she got off at City Hall she realized her wallet-and all her cash-was missing. The woman told police that she had only opened the bag once, to put her scarf away. Other missing items included a YMCA membership card and a NYC Public Library card.

Sometimes when a petty item is stolen, it's better to step down than engage with the thief. Early in the morning, around 4:15 a.m., last Saturday, a 29-year-old man was arrested for not only stealing a $25 baseball cap but for carrying three boxcutters on him. Earlier, a 28-year-old man had reported to police that his Champion baseball cap was stolen clean off his head while waiting for the uptown 2 train. When he tried to reach for it, the thief said he had a boxcutter on him and then walked to an upper level of the station, where police shortly arrested him.

"If you see something, say something" has become the motto of New York City in recent years, and the phrase was given new vigor last Saturday at 5 a.m. A subway passenger reported to police that he saw a 29-year-old man steal a $250 iPhone from the jacket of a sleeping passenger. Police eventually arrested the man near Whitehall Street; according to police reports, he is known to the precinct.