Crime Watch


MAN killed on west side highway

A man walking northbound in a southbound lane on the West Side Highway at about 107th Street Sunday morning was struck and killed by a tow truck travelling south, police said. The man, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. His name was not released, pending notification of his family. Police said the tow truck’s driver stayed at the scene and that there were no other reported injuries. The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad was investigating.

Fluting the Law

The Hamburglar wasn’t the only miscreant at work at a local McDonald’s recently. A 44-year-old man was arrested in connection in the theft of pricey flute from a Broadway McDonald’s on November 22, police said. The flute’s owner, a 25-year-old man, had left the $5,000 instrument on a table at the Mickey D’s at 2049 Broadway at about 3:30 a.m. that Wednesday, according to the police account. When he next looked for his wind instrument, it was gone.

Bike Strike

A bike rider’s lot isn’t easy, what with flat tires, distracted motorists, and of course bike thieves. At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, a 19-year-old man parked his two-wheeler outside 229 West 60th Street. When he returned for his ride later he found it was missing. The bike – of unspecified make and model -- was valued at $1,800.

Gap Zap

One shoplifter didn’t wait for Black Friday to secure a kids clothing wardrobe. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, a 40-year-old man entered the GapKids store at 1988 Broadway and made off with $1,100 worth of tots’ togs.

Double Trouble

Duane Reade’s problem with shoplifting doesn’t seem to be getting any better; one of their local stores got hit twice in the same night recently. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, two men estimated to be in their 30s entered the Duane Reade store at 4 Amsterdam Avenue and got away with lotions valued at $1,003. Then at 10 p.m. on the same night and in the same store, an unknown person removed $1,800 worth of cosmetics.