Local Crime: Swiped Wallets & A Stolen Diaper Van

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Compstat April 28

According to the most recent CompStat for the 78th Precinct, pictured above, grand larceny remains the top crime for the week ending April 28– a week which saw an increase in robbery, burglary, and grand larceny. A look at our year-to-date statistics, however, show an overall improvement from last year. It’s especially apparent in incidents of assault (18 counts thus far in 2013 vs. 25 by this same date in 2012).

Recent incidents from the 78th Precinct blotter include burglary, pickpocketing, and a stolen diaper van:

April 28 – A green baseball cap-wearing crook grabbed a woman’s iPhone out of her hand while on a G train at the Fourth Avenue stop. The 26-year-old victim says she was on the northbound train at the stop near Ninth Street at 8:15 pm when the woman snatched the phone and ran.

April 29 – A burglar broke into a Union Street apartment between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and stole two laptops. The 40-year-old victim told cops that he left at 2:30 pm and returned about eight hours later to find his door lock broken. (Brooklyn Paper)

April 30 – A crook punched a 28-year-old woman in the head and grabbed her iPhone 5 on the corner of Warren Street and Fourth Avenue. The victim was walking to the Atlantic Avenue subway stop when it happened at around 8:20 a.m., and she told police had seen the thief several times before in the neighborhood. (DNAinfo)

May 4 —  A thief snatched a $250 Coach bag off a woman’s stoop between Eighth Avenue and PPW, and got away with an iPhone 5, $100 cash, 50 Euros, four credit cards, a Green Card, and driver’s license. The 43-year-old victim told police that she left her bag on the stoop for 15 minutes while she chased after her daughter, only to return to find it gone. (Park Slope Patch)

May 4 – A 40-year-old man was exercising at the YMCA on Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue when his Coach wallet (with iPhone 5 and $320 in cash) was stolen from a locker at the gym. (DNAinfo)

May 4 – A man jumped into diaper delivery van when its driver was busy making a delivery inside 100 Prospect Park West. The man took off in the van, traveling down Sixth Street and heading north on Eighth Avenue when he got into an accident with another vehicle. He continued driving and was seen making a left on St. John’s Place and driving the wrong way on the sidewalk. The van was last seen headed toward Flatbush Avenue. The runaway driver got away with a wallet, a cell phone, $300 in cash and 19 boxes of diapers. (DNAinfo)

May 5 — A 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly strangling his wife during a verbal dispute inside their Second Street apartment between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The 28-year-old victim told police suffered injuries around her throat as well as a minor cut on her foot due to broken glass from a bottle of wine which the husband allegedly threw to the floor. (Brooklyn Paper)

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