A bank teller helped herself to nearly $25,000 in someone else’s hard-earned cash by closing out a customer’s accounts at the Seventh Avenue branch.
Cops say that the crime occurred between Sept. 16 and Oct. 27, when the victim, who lives in Manhattan, noticed that four certificates of deposit had been closed — and a total of $24,849 missing.
A cursory investigation revealed that the wanted man had put the money into an account set up by an accomplice at the Chase bank branch at Carroll Street.
In an unrelated crime, a college student had her wallet swiped inside a Citibank branch one block away on Oct. 22.
The victim told cops that she was in the bank at around 2:30 pm when a pickpocket swiped the billfold while she was chatting with a friend.
The thief got $300 and various cards.
At least five apartments and businesses were busted into last week. Here are the gristly details:
• The lock on a construction site on Carroll Street was clipped and thousands of dollars in tools and copper were stolen overnight on Oct. 22. A worker told cops that he’d left the job site, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, at around 6 pm and did not return until 7 the next morning.
• A hole in the wall gang made quick work of a 14th Street apartment sometime between Oct. 23 and Oct. 26, cutting an opening through some drywall to steal a laptop and other equipment. The resident of the unit, which is between Third and Fourth avenues, told cops that he also lost a Banana Republic raincoat in the theft.
• A thief climbed into an open kitchen window and went to work on an apartment between Fourth and Fifth avenues during the day on Oct. 27. The vandal swiped a laptop and two cameras from the residence.
• A small-talking criminal broke into a Third Avenue apartment — and then may have stopped for a chat on the way out on Oct. 27. A neighbor of the victim told police that she spoke with a man who did not live in the building at around 2 pm, around the time that the burglary of two laptops is believed to have occurred.
• A nefarious video game fan broke into a Fifth Avenue apartment during the day on Oct. 30. The gamer grabbed a Playstation and other electronic equipment and fled the unit, which is between Union and President streets.
At least three cars were stolen this week. Here’s a rundown of the missing autos:
• Honda Civic drivers got one more reason to fear for the safety of their vehicles when yet another was swiped off President Street overnight on Oct. 28. The victim told cops that he’d left the car between Prospect Park West and Carroll Street in the early evening. But as readers of the police blotter know, old Civics are popular with car thieves.
• A bleary eyed man awoke to find his Chrysler Towncar missing from its parking spot on Degraw Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues on Oct. 29.
• A sportsman had his Plymouth Voyager boosted sometime between Oct. 28 and Oct. 30. The car was carrying the victim’s tennis rackets and fishing rod when it was wrested from its spot on Sixth Avenue between Second and Third streets.
Two thug chuck
Two perps were nabbed after trying to mug a man in front of PS 107 at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 13th Street on Oct. 29.
The would-be victim told cops that he was on the corner at about 11:10 pm when one man approached from behind and choked him while the other rifled his pockets.
For some reason, the perps fled without taking anything — but cops later collared them. After a positive ID from the victim, the thugs were booked.
— Simon McCormack
©2009 Community News Group
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