BY JERRY DANZIG
Devil DoormanAn Upper West Side doorman went through the wrong doors. The doorman, Christian Moreno, is suspected of having entered at least two apartments at 260 Riverside Drive and removing items from residents there. In the latest instance, one of the building’s residents was looking through video surveillance footage of her apartment on Dec. 4 glimpsed he building’s doorman, later identified by police as Moreno, digging through her dresser drawers and taking $3,000 in cash she had stashed there. Moreno, 36, was charged with burglary and arrested Dec. 5.
Police suspect Moreno is responsible for at least one similar heist. A woman later police she had noticed that various items, including jewelry and cash, disappeared between Jan. 31 and Nov. 30 of this year. Most recently, she found $300 had vanished from a closet drawer. Other missing items included a Jaeger-LeCoultre vintage diamond watch valued at $3,000, a Raymond Weil watch priced at $1,500, gift cards worth $250, plus the $300 in cash, making a total of $5,050. Police suspect that the same doorman may have been responsible for these crimes as well.
She’s No AngelicaPolice remind the public to be careful who you Skype! At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, a 22-year-old man living on West 106th Street was talking with a woman via Skype when the latter recorded him in a compromising position. The man later told police that he had been contacted by the woman, who asked that he send money or she would release the compromising video on YouTube as well as to his Facebook friends. He told police that he had sent $200 via Western Union, before he was instructed to send an additional $200. He had no contact information for the video vixen aside from the name Angelica Zulia and a possible phone number.
EEEEEE-mailA couple’s email account was scammed to the tune of $22,000. At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, a 51-year-old woman wired money to someone named Pamela S. Cobb in response to instructions contained in an apparent e-mail from her husband, who was out of the country. She later discovered that the e-mail had in fact not been sent by her husband, and indeed their account had apparently been compromised. The victim told police that the fraudulent e-mail appeared genuine, using her husband’s normal terms of endearment for her. Authorities are continuing to investigate.
Ex Marks the PlotA former lovers’ quarrel turned violent. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, a 66-year-old man living at 574 West End Ave. had a verbal dispute with a man he had previously dated. The 66-year-old asked the other man, later identified as Gary Zazulka, to leave his apartment, but the latter refused. Finally, when the other man consented to leave, he struck the 66-year-old in the right side of his head with an aluminum crutch, causing swelling, bruising and pain. The assailant later called, texted, sent video messages and left voicemails threatening to cause the 66-year-old harm, and he demonstrated in his videos what he was going to do to the victim. The assailant also said to the victim, “One of these days, motherf*cker, you are going to get it from my Glock. I am going to get you.” Zazulka is wanted for assault.