Senior Loses Close to $50K in PayPal Phone Scam
A 75-year-old female 20th Precinct resident reported that at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, she received a phone call from someone claiming to work for PayPal telling her that $650 had accidentally been taken from her account. To get the money refunded she was told she needed to set up remote access to the account. She did so and was then informed that the caller had accidentally sent her $30,000, of which she needed to return $29,300. The woman complied and next was persuaded to send another wire transfer of $20,000 because some of the money was said to have gone to the wrong account. In all, the woman was scammed out of $49,300.
Another Catalytic Converter Stolen
A 56-year-old man told police that 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, he parked his 2004 Honda Element in front of 58 West 68th St. near Columbus Ave. When he returned at 10:30 a.m. the following morning he started the vehicle and noticed a loud noise. He checked the bottom of the car to discover that his catalytic converter had been removed. The stolen device was valued at $1,590.
Man’s Bicycle Disappears from Hallway Outside His Apartment
According to police, a 32-year-old man parked his REI Co-Op Cycles bike in the hallway at his apartment building in the 20th Precinct at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. When he returned the following morning at 5:30 a.m. he discovered that his bike was missing. The stolen two-wheeler was valued at $2,500.
Designer Hats Taken from Parked Car
A 45-year-old man stated that he had parked his four-door sedan in front of 129 West 85th St. between Amsterdam Ave. and Columbus Ave. at 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. When he returned to the car at noon the following day he discovered that someone had broken into the vehicle and removed 34 designer hats valued at $1,600.
Madewell Store Short 25 Shorts
A 20-year-old female employee of the Madewell store at 211 Columbus Ave. at West 70th St. told police that at 2:13 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, a man entered the location, took items of merchandise from a display and concealed them inside a beige bag before fleeing on foot, heading northbound. The stolen merchandise included 25 pairs of denim shorts totaling $1,950.