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New Year, Old Crime

The New Year started out poorly for one New Year’s Eve reveler. At 1 a.m. on January 1, a 26-year-old woman put her bag down inside Paul’s Casablanca nightclub at 305 Spring St. and turned her back to her belongings. When she returned around at 1:35 a.m., her bag and its contents were missing. Aside from the $300 purse, the items presumed stolen include a smartphone, a wallet, $200, an ID and various credit cards. The purse and its contents are valued at $1,700.

Bag Stolen

A thief proved to be a bagman in two meanings of the phrase. At 5:15 p.m. on Friday, December 22, a man asked a salesman to show him two bags at a retail store at 483 Broadway. The salesman gave the other man two bags to examine, and the latter hid one of them under his own personal bag before leaving the location without paying. The stolen item was a Louis Vuitton bag priced at $1,550.

Wallet Taken

Something far from super happened to one supermarket shopper recently. At 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, a 40-year-old Hoboken, N.J., woman was shopping at the C-Town supermarket located at 5 Saint James Place. There she used one of her credit cards to pay for her purchases before replacing the card in her wallet. She later was that her bag was open and her wallet missing. She canceled her stolen credit cards but not before three of them had been used in the Bronx to the tune of $1,200. She was also out $400 in cash and a wallet valued at $150.

CellPhone Snatch

A brazen young woman stole another’s cell phone in the subway. At 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, a 29-year-old woman was waiting for the northbound A/C platform of the Fulton Street station when a 20-year-old woman took her $1,000 smartphone from her right hand, saying, “Don’t even try to chase me!” The phone snatcher then fled the station, and a later search of the area proved fruitless.

Pickpocket Strikes

A thief ruined a Japanese woman’s visit to the Big Apple recently. At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, a woman from Yame City, Japan, was shopping on the second floor of the Cortlandt Street Century 21 store when another customer told her that her bag was open. The Japanese visitor then discovered that her $400 wallet, along with $500, was missing.

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