POLICE BEAT: Pizzeria Burglarized, Motorcycle Stolen in Tribeca

Feb. 24, 2015

315 Broadway
Feb. 20, approximately 2 a.m.

The owner of La Bellezza Pizza opened his business in the morning to find that about $1,000 was missing from the register and tip box. The thief had entered through a sheetrock wall shared by the pizzeria and other establishments. A receipt printed by the register shows that it was opened at 2:11 a.m.

199 Chambers Street
Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.

After leaving a class, a Borough of Manhattan Community College student noticed that her bag had been opened and that her purse was gone. The wallet contained $300, bank cards, a student ID, a driver’s license, and credit cards for various stores. There were three unauthorized transactions on a card: two at Zara USA for a total of $159.70, and another at a MetroCard vending machine for $2.75.

Whitehall & South Streets
Feb. 18, 2 a.m.

A 30-year-old man fell asleep on a southbound 1 train. When he woke up at the South Ferry station, he discovered that someone had cut his front pocket and removed his Android cell phone and his wallet, containing $660, a credit card, two MetroCards valued at $40, a driver’s license, an unemployment debit card, a health insurance card and a social security card.

211 West Broadway
Feb. 15, 1:40 a.m.

A 26-year-old man left his laptop unattended for a couple of minutes at the restaurant Distilled NY. When he returned, the laptop was gone.

Hudson and Jay Streets
Feb. 11, 3 a.m. - 6 p.m.

A man parked his motorcycle, unchained and unlocked, in the early morning hours. When he returned in the evening, he discovered that the green 2014 Kawasaki motorcycle, valued at $6,000, had been stolen.

Liberty Street & Broadway
Feb. 6, 5:50 p.m.

A thief ran up to a 15-year-old girl, grabbed her LG Optimus phone from her hand and fled.

A Train - World Trade Center/Chambers St. Station
Jan. 31, 1-4 a.m.

A 21-year-old man was sleeping on the train when someone took his iPhone 5 and wallet. The wallet contained $100, a debit card, checks totalling $381 and an immigration ID.

Wall Street Train Station
Jan. 29, 8:25 a.m.

A woman got off the #2 train and was about to exit through the turnstiles when a man grabbed her Samsung Note 4 phone, valued at $980, from her hand and ran back onto the platform. The woman tried to chase the thief but lost sight of him when he fled through the turnstile. The phone case also contained a debit card and an ID.

333 Hudson Street
Jan. 20, 2:45 - 3 p.m.

A deliveryman returned to his truck to find that his coat, in addition to three packages containing clothing, were missing.

Whitehall Street and State Street
Jan. 19, 9 p.m.

Michael Rios, 27, was arrested for allegedly stealing a CitiBike from a State Street rack. An officer caught the suspect riding the bike on a sidewalk in Prospect Park South, Brooklyn.

Rios was charged with bicycle operation on sidewalks and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

195 Broadway
Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

A visitor from Brazil put his bag on the table at Starbucks next to a group of friends and walked over to the cash register to help other friends. Soon afterwards, a woman walked into the cafe and put her coat down on the table, possibly on top of his bag. When the man returned, the woman was gone and so was his bag, which contained $1,800, his passport, three vouchers for a flight to Orlando and a hotel, four debit cards and two credit cards.

2 Broadway
Jan. 19, 2:50 p.m.

A 24-year-old woman placed her Prada wallet next to her on a chair while she ate at Chipotle. When she left, she forgot the wallet, and upon returning five minutes later, it was gone. The wallet contained $120 and two bank cards. Someone used one of the bank cards to make an unauthorized purchase of $57 on amazon.com.

#2 Train - Chambers Street Station
Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m.

A sleeping passenger awoke at Chambers Street to find that his pants pocket was cut and his wallet missing. The wallet contained $30, two bank cards, a school ID, a MetroCard and a food stamps card.

E Train - Chambers St./WTC Station
Jan. 16, 3:30 a.m.

A transit officer spotted a thief swiping an iPhone from a sleeping passenger’s jacket pocket. When the thief fled the station, the officer followed and arrested the thief at the corner of Warren and Church streets. The officer also recovered a razor blade that Ellis was carrying in his pocket.

Robert Ellis, 32, was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

7 Dey Street
Jan. 15, 2:45 a.m.

A thief broke through the front glass door of Arome Cafe II and stole about $1,600 from two cash registers before fleeing.

#4 Train - Fulton Street Station
Jan. 10, 1 p.m.

A teenager snatched a 48-year-old woman’s wallet from her purse as the train pulled into the station. The wallet contained two bank cards, $80, a $15 money order, a Social Security card and two MetroCards.

Canal and Hudson Streets
Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m.

A 44-year-old woman was standing on the sidewalk when someone grabbed her purse from behind and fled west on Canal Street, then turned left onto Greenwich Street. The purse contained a $500 wallet, a credit card, designer make-up, sunglasses and key ring with keys, a driver’s license and a work ID. No unauthorized charges were made on the credit card.

#2 Train - Chambers Street Station
Jan. 7, 1:10 a.m. - 2 a.m.

A teen, who was accompanied by two other teens, allegedly snatched a woman’s iPhone from her hand after the doors opened at the station.

About a half hour later, two officers stopped three teens at the 14th Street subway platform for allegedly snatching a woman’s Beats headphones from her head, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. While one officer recovered the headphones, another recovered the iPhone, stolen at Chambers Street. “They got the phone you grabbed,” one of the thieves reportedly told another. Police also discovered that one of the teens was carrying 15 bags of marijuana and a gravity knife that opens and closes with the flick of the wrist.

Antonio Ortiz, 18, and Quarmel Boykins and Josha Geyer, both 16, were arrested and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree. Geyer was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and unlawful possession of marijuana, the DA’s office reported. The teens with him were released on their own recognizance.

41 Murray Street
Jan. 5, 1:50 - 3:20 p.m.

A man chained his electric bicycle, worth $1,460, to a pole at the M9 bus stop. When he returned, the bicycle was gone.

PATH Train - World Trade Center Station
Jan. 1, 5:30 - 6 p.m.

Two men stared threateningly at a 31-year-old woman, before one of them approached her and demanded her red baseball cap, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. When the woman handed it over, the alleged robber returned to his seat and laughed with the other man, who reportedly asked, “It’s that easy?” The alleged thief then returned the cap to the woman.

But before long, the alleged thief approached the woman a second time and demanded her cap. The woman again complied.

The men, Quashawn Anderson, 20, and Rashan Anderson, 16, were arrested and charged with robbery in the second and third degrees and coercion in the first degree, the DA’s office reported.

41 Broad Street
Jan. 1, 2:30 - 3:45 a.m.

A 25-year-old woman placed her bag on her table at the Broad Street Ballroom. When she returned from dancing, the bag, valued at $300, was gone. The victim lost her iPhone, credit card, MetroCard and Texas driver’s license. One unauthorized charge for $367 was made on the card.

38 Water Street

Dec. 28, 12:30 a.m.

A burglar broke the lock of Obao restaurant, kicked in the glass window at the side entrance, and removed $400 from two cash registers before fleeing.