BY JERRY DANZIG
Syringe StickupOne shoplifter had a double-edged technique for pillaging items from a local drugstore. At 10:31 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, a man entered the Duane Reade location at 2760 Broadway and took a number of shampoo bottles totaling $140 from a shelf. When an employee approached to deter the man, the latter pulled out a knife and a syringe and threatened the employee. The man left behind his backpack and hat as he fled the store, running eastbound on West 106th Street. A search of the neighborhood proved fruitless.
All for a Bag of ChipsTwo other knife-wielding men were apprehended after threatening a bodega employee who tried to stop them from taking a $1 bag of potato chips early on Thursday, July 26. The two, later identified by police as Brandon C. Flores, 30, and Michael L. Reid, 34, took the bag from the 101 Smoke Shop at 2660 Broadway, with one displaying a knife, saying, “I’ll cut you!” when an employee tried to intervene. Flores and Reid, 34, were later arrested for grand larceny, assault, criminal mischief and trespass, and other charges, police said. The bag of Utz Salt ’n Vinegar potato chips is valued at $1.
Motorcyle TheftThieves took a parked a 2018 Honda motorcycle outside 50 West 96th Street in hours between 2:30 a.m. July 24 and 11:30 that morning.
ID Thief ArrestedPolice nabbed an ID thief who tried to make an illegal withdrawal. At 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, a man entered the Bank of America at 2380 Broadway and withdrew $5,250 by using the name and birthdate on a 34-year-old Florida man’s driver’s license, as well as the victim’s Social Security number, police said. The grifter also attempted to withdraw $1,200 from the same account using a forged instrument, but was unsuccessful. Police said Alfarabick Mally, 28, was arrested the following day and on grand larceny charges.
Apartment Rental Rip-offThree apartment seekers got scammed by a hustler recently. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, a 40-year-old woman and two other people met with an individual in a car at Central Park West and West 102nd Street to rent three separate apartments. The three apartment seekers paid the individual a total of $5,788 including a broker’s fee, after the alleged broker had arranged leasing details over the phone. Then on Thursday, July 19, the three renters met with the individual at Eldridge and Rivington Streets, where they were given invalid and fake leasing contracts and nonworking keys, as well as receipts for payment. After the three had paid the alleged broker, the latter cut off all forms of contact. One of the victims told police that the perpetrator was a former neighbor.