Crime is down 17 percent in the 81st Precinct (30 incidents versus 36 incidents) for the week of July 2 through July 8, compared to this same week in 2011. Crime is down 1 percent for the month (114 incidents versus 115 incidents), compared to this same 28-day period last year. And year to date, crime is up 9 percent (761 incidents versus 699 incidents), compared to this same time period in 2011.
On Monday, July 9, at approximately 9:00 p.m., a man’s phone was snatched from him on the corner of Malcolm X Blvd and Broadway. According to police, the man, 38, was walking down the street holding his iPhone when a stranger, described as 18- 20-year-old black male wearing a jeans and a white t-shirt approached him from out of nowhere and snatched his phone. The perpetrator ran in an unknown direction. The investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday, July 11, at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the corner of Schenectady and Atlantic, two teens snatched a woman’s purse. According to police, the victim said she was approaching the corner when two boys ran up to her – later identified as 16-year-olds on their way home from summer school— grabbed her purse off of her shoulder and ran. The woman called 911. Police responded and drove with the woman to do a canvass of the area. Police found the first perpetrator, and then were able to apprehend the second one shortly afterward. The two boys were arrested, and all of the woman’s items were recovered.
On Saturday, July 14, at 3:20 a.m. a 33-year-old man, called to report his car stolen opposite 333 Pulaski Street. According to the victim, he said he parked his car on the street while visiting a friend. When he returned, his car, a 1997 dark green Nissan Maxima, was missing. The investigation is ongoing.
On Saturday, July 14 at 2:55 p.m. a 23-yr old male was assaulted and robbed while on walking to the train station, near 1014 Lafayette Avenue. According to police, the man said he was walking along Lafayette when an unknown man walked up to him, struck him with a closed fist in the face and then went through his pockets and took his iPhone. The victim called 911. Cops responded and conducted a canvass of the area using the man’s “My iPhone” application. They were able to catch up to and identify the perpetrator who was sitting in a housing residence not far from the incident. The man was arrested and the victims phone was recovered.
On Monday, July 9, at approximately, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, a man reported his home was burglarized at 1892 Fulton Street, on the 3rd floor. The victim, 49, stated he left the house during those hours, and when he returned, he noticed his door ajar. He entered his apartment and discovered his laptop was missing. No other items reportedly were taken. The investigation is ongoing
On Thursday, July 12, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a woman reported her house was burglarized at 824 Quincy Street. The thief, who turned out to be her former boyfriend, had broken into the woman’s home and stole money and a phone, was apprehended and arrested. The woman’s items were recovered.
Thursday, July 12, at 9:45 p.m., 246 Malcolm X Boulevard, a woman’s 4th floor apartment reportedly was broken into and burglarized. According to the victim, she left her apartment to go to the store, and when she returned, she noticed her bedroom window was open and her laptop was missing. No other items were stolen. The investigation is ongoing.