BY JERRY DANZIG
Lost TimeA man played a nasty game of “finders keepers” with another diner’s watch. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, a 30-year-old woman was in the B. Cafe at 566 Amsterdam Ave. having dinner with a friend when she reached into her purse, not realizing that the move caused her Cartier watch spilled to the floor. The restaurant hostess then saw a 25-year-old man, who was seated at the table next to the woman, pick up her watch. The hostess confronted the man and said, “You need to give that back!” to which the devious diner replied, “No, I found it. I’m keeping it.” The cad then fled southbound on Amsterdam on foot. The watch is valued at $2,247.
SuperthiefKryptonite did not stop one determined bike thief. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, a 40-year-old man parked his Specialized at the corner of Broadway and West 103rd Street, chaining the vehicle to a scaffolding using two locks. He then went across the street to play pool before going home. The following day at 4 p.m., his bike was gone and the chains and locks had been broken off. The 19-inch-frame bike is valued at $1,600, a Kryptonite chain lock was tagged at $200, and a Kryptonite New York u-lock priced at $200, making a total stolen of $2,000.
NYPD TriumphPolice arrested four of the suspected motorcycle thiefs who have been plaguing West Side neighborhoods. At 9 a.m. on Monday, September 21, a 43-year-old man parked his 2007 Triumph in front of 599 West End Ave. When he returned on September 24 at 8:45 p.m., the Triumph was gone. He filed a police report, and soon authorities caught up with the criminal quartet responsible: Guarino Mendoza, 20; Juan Marizan, 24; Jean Rosario, 16; and Galuin Ozoria, 17, were all charged with grand larceny auto. The motorcycle stolen and recovered was a white 2007 Triumph valued at $8,000.
Hunt HuntedApartment rental scams seem to be the crime of the day. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, a 24-year-old woman responded to a Craigslist ad placed by a 25-year-old woman who was renting out her apartment. The two women met, and the younger handed over two checks totaling $7,200. Sometime after moving into the apartment at 345 W. 86th St., the 24-year-old received a notice of eviction from the landlord and found out that the 25-year-old had been in default on her rent for eight months. The suspect is wanted for grand larceny.
Rolled RolexSpeak about preying on someone when she is down! At 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, a 44-year-old woman was involved in a motor vehicle collision on Broadway and West 92nd Street. She was wearing a diamond-studded Rolex watch as numerous passersby approached her to make sure she was alright. When the victim entered the ambulance that arrived on the scene at 11:45 p.m., her watch was missing. The Rolex is valued at $9,500.