Friday, March 31, 2017

Yankee Stadium Bank Bandit Didn’t Get Far

By Robert Press

BRONX- If you’re going to rob a bank don’t do it in the shadow of a cultural icon which is protected by a small army of police officers. One dimwitted crook did not get the memo as he tried to rob a bank next to Yankee Stadium where scores of police cars park in front of on a daily basis. 

The criminal genius did not rob the chase up the road where fewer police cruises are seen. Instead he chose to hit the branch at 75 East 161st Street. Outside the branch scores of police cruisers and NYPD vans are parked as part of the detail that not only protects Yankee Stadium but the courthouse area. Forget about the dozens of police officers, court officers, and other law enforcement agents that frequent the McDonald’s next door. 

At 2 pm on Wednesday, March 29th, the would be bank robber handed the teller a note inside the Chase Bank. He received a small amount of cash and attempted to flee on foot. Apparently he got as far under the Number 4 train, a block away when police swooped in. 

No word on whether the bank robber was on his way to the box office to buy Yankee tickets.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Target Store Crook

Crook Breaks into Car for Michael Kors Bag

CAUGHT ON TAPE : Breaks into Car in Broad Daylight

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX-  Never has a man been so determined to get his hands on a purse. Police released video that captured a man forcing his way into a parked car to steal a Michael Kors bag.

The shocking video from March 23, shows the man circling the car after he noticed the Michael Kors bag on the front seat of a parked convertible. The video goes on to show the man shaking the car back and forth as he tries to force his hand inside the passenger window. Eventually he pulled the window out far enough that it shattered and he scooped up the bag and walked away nonchalantly down the street.

Cops say the bag contained a Bulova watch, Pandora bracelet and Ray Ban sunglasses.

A video camera from a Bronx house captured the thief as he broke into the car in broad daylight. Doing such a thing at noon on a residential street is not brazen enough but the incident took place near a hub of emergency personnel. The house on E. 160th Street and Cortland Avenue is down the road from the Bronx Criminal Courthouse and the Bronx DA’s office. The area is filled with law enforcement agents, police, and first responders parked throughout the area who have to attend court. Around the corner from the crime is an EMS station.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5 foot 11 and 190 pounds. He has a dark complexion and was last seen wearing a blue hat, a blue hooded jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#Bronx Mugger is Criminally Stupid

Puts Mask on Half Way Through Robbery

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX- A Bronx robber may be tough but he is definitely not bright. The would-be criminal mastermind is seen on surveillance video robbing a man at gun point and then putting his mask on AFTER he starts the robbery. His face is caught clearly on surveillance video.

In a shocking video released by police, the gunman holds a large revolver to his victim’s neck while his partner removes jewelry from the victim. His partner is clearly seen wearing a ski mask. However, the gunman is seen wearing a hat and hoodie but with his face uncovered. It is not until the robbery is half over that he lowers the ski mask. Unfortunately for him his face is clearly seen on camera and cop’s are using the image in the hopes of catching the crook. 

The bizarre incident took place at around 2:21 am in front of a residential building in the vicinity of Sheridan Avenue and East 169 Street. Police released surveillance video which shows the 32-year-old victim being approached from behind by two men as he tried to gain access to the building. The mask less gunman placed the large black revolver to the victim’s neck in plain view of the building’s cameras. 

The robbers made off with two gold chains, a watch, a cell phone, a jacket, a debit card and approximately $80 in cash. 

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rookie Guard Busted for Smuggling in #Rikers

Brought in Pot, Tequilla in #ArizonaIceTea Bottle

BRONX- A rookie prison guard did not even make year on the job before being busted for smuggling in pot and alcohol for a prisoner up on attempted murder charges.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a former New York City Department of Correction Officer, an inmate and the inmate’s wife have been indicted on charges they brought marijuana, alcohol and tobacco into a Rikers Island jail.

Clark said, “Contraband fuels beatings and slashings in jail because it is so lucrative. This defendant allegedly took bribes to bring in forbidden items after only 10 months on the job. He was betraying his fellow officers and endangering staff and inmates by adding to the violent atmosphere in the facility. We will not tolerate employees, inmates or visitors bringing in contraband.”

Clark said that James Brown, 45, of Queens, who became a Correction Officer in January, 2016, was arraigned before Bronx Supreme Court Justice William Mogulescu. Bail was continued at $50,000.  He is due back in court on April 17. Dene Morris was previously arraigned, and Shane Morris, 31, is due to be arraigned at a later date.

Brown was charged with third-degree Bribe Receiving and Official Misconduct, Shane and Dene Morris were charged with third-degree Bribery and second-degree Rewarding Official Misconduct, and all three defendants were charged with fifth-degree Conspiracy, second-degree Promoting Prison Contraband, and fourth and fifth-degree Criminal Possession of Marijuana. They face a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.

According to the investigation, between November 2, 2016 and December 9, 2016, Brown allegedly accepted $700 from Dene Morris to bring in the contraband to her husband, who is being held on a Queens attempted murder case. As Brown was entering the Otis Bantum Correctional Center on December 9, 2016, a Department of Investigation canine detected marijuana. Brown was found to have four ounces of marijuana, tobacco and an Arizona Iced Tea bottle filled with Patron tequila on him. He was arrested by DOI investigators. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

High Times in the Bronx as Pot Factory Goes Up in Flames

BRONX- The streets of Castle Hill got baked when a marijuana grow factory caught fire sending clouds of herb through the Bronx neighborhood.

Firefighters found the weed growing facility when they responded to a fire at Chatterton Avenue in Castle Hill. Inside New York’s Bravest found scores of pot plants, some of which were going up in flames. Firefighters notified NYPD who were later seen hauling bags of weed out of the building.

Cops brought several people in for questioning for the grow factory which apparently operated down the street from a daycare center. 

Children were evacuated from the block. 

Long after the fire was extinguished the cloud of marijuana hung over the neighborhood.

No word from local bodegas if there was a rush on chips pr other munchies.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pimp Gets Screwed and Tattooed by Own Stupidity

Brands Victims with His Initials and DOB

BRONX- A Bronx pimp treated teenage girls as livestock by branding them with tattoos with his date of birth and getting them hooked on cocaine.

District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a Criminal Sex Act and Promoting Prostitution stemming from a sex trafficking operation that held young women captive in a Bronx apartment.

Clark said, “The defendant treated young women not only as sex slaves, but like animals, getting them tattooed with his initial and year of birth. He forced the victim in this case to perform a sex act on him, and threatened her when she wanted to leave the sex trade. He will serve 12 years, and we hope his victim will be able to reclaim her life.”

Clark said the defendant, Glen Bowman, 42, was sentenced by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary to 12 years in prison with five years post-release supervision and must register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty on February 15, 2017 to first-degree Criminal Sexual Act, and third-degree Promoting Prostitution. The judge issued a full final order of protection against the defendant, valid until March 21, 2037.

According to the investigation, Bowman and a co-defendant, Jessica Copeland, forced the victim and other young women to engage in sex for money at Bronx motels and got the women hooked on cocaine. Copeland pleaded guilty to sex trafficking on January 13, 2017 and was sentenced to two to three years in prison.

In July 2012, the victim, then 19, was made to get a tattoo on her arm depicting a stack of money with “GDT” and “established 1975” written on it. The “GDT” stands for Glen, Diamond, Tamia, the name of the defendant and two of his children. The 1975 stands for the year the defendant was born.

At the sentencing hearing, the victim read an impact statement that said in part, “You are a monster. The way you treated me and many others like me is inhumane. We are people not property! We are not dogs, ATMs, sex slaves or whatever else you think we are.….. You have ruined so many lives, so many, but not mine.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mugger Suckerpunch Knocks Out Bronx Man

BRONX- A truly disturbing sight played out on camera as a thug suckerpunched a 57-year-old man so hard that he knocked him unconscious. The beat down caught on tape was part of a robbery scheme.

At around 10:50 pm on February 23rd, the man exited Deli Grocery Tobacco Shop, located at 1899 Andrews Avenue after shopping in the Morris Heights store. The exterior video camera shows the man standing in front of the store when another man comes up behind. The suspect throws a closed fist into the victim’s face. The victim then fell to the ground unconscious.

The video then shows the another man and the attacker rolling over the unconscious victim and rifling through his pants pockets. The pair made off with the victim’s debit card and $80 in cash. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated.

The hooded suspects were not smart enough to hide their faces as they went on a spending spree in a local store. Police released surveillance video from inside a bodega which shows both men’s faces clearly.

The suspect, believed to be the man who threw the punch, is a Hispanic male who was last seen wearing a gray and orange hooded sweatshirt, sandals and black pants with a white strip going down the legs.

The second suspect is a Hispanic male who was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with dark pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#Bronx ID Thieves Bought Sneakers with Stolen iPhone

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX- A subway rider discovered that a pair of sneaker freaks robbed her to pay for new kicks.

Police are looking for a pair of crooks, they say, ripped a woman off on the Number 6 train and used her info to try to raid her bank account and buy new sneakers.

Investigators said the incident happened at rush hour on March 2nd inside the Number 6 subway car at the Parkchester station. At around 6:20 pm, the 29-year-old straphanger noticed that she no longer had her cellphone case which held her cell phone, Metrocard, debit card and credit card. She told cops that when she returned home some time later she received an alert from her bank stating that one of her cards showed unauthorized usage. 

Upon investigation it was revealed that two men used the woman’s credit card less than hour later. The pair bought $130 worth of merchandise at Sesinko Sneaker store on Southern Boulevard. Police released surveillance video from inside the sneaker store.

The first suspect is described as a Hipanic or black male. He was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweater and light colored pants. The second suspect is described as a Hipanic or black male. He was last seen wearing a dark colored long sleeved shirt and a black tower around his neck.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Good Samaritan Bandit Busted

Man Robs 81-year-old Bronx Woman Pretending to Help Her

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX- He could sweet talk an unsuspecting elderly woman but not a surveillance video. A tipster turned in a phony Good Samaritan who mugged an 81-year-old woman in a Bronx elevator. 

Cops arrested 50-year-old Homer Griffin following calls from a tipster who recognized Griffin on the street. Police had released surveillance video which clearly shows Griffin’s face in the attack on the elderly woman.

Investigators said Griffin had threatened an 81-year-old woman inside the elevator after she thought he was trying to help her. At around 2:20 pm on March 3, the elderly woman was entering her building’s elevator on the Grand Concourse and Marcy Place. A man, whom police identified as Griffin, entered the elevator after her. 

The man pretended to help the woman out of the elevator when he came back inside the car brandishing what could be a blade and threatening the senior. The thief is then seen rummaging through the woman’s wallet and other items looking for cash. Cops said he made off with $200. 

The problem for the suspect is that he did not wear a mask and was seen clearly on the elevator’s surveillance video. Police arrested Griffin on Monday and charged him with robbery, menacing in the second and third degree and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Crook Puts Mask on AFTER Looking into Camera

How Not to Rob a Store:
Step 2: Don’t Look at the Camera Without Your Mask

Oops! A crook who tried to rob a Bronx laundromat put his mask on AFTER he realized he was caught on surveillance video. Cops are asking for the public’s help to catch this criminal mastermind.

Police released surveillance video of the awkward burglary. Cops said the suspect used a saw to cut the air condition guard out of the window to gain entry into the M&K Laundromat on February 8. The video cameras were rolling in the business’ office at 4 am when the crook broke in. 

On the video the suspect is seen rummaging through the office when he noticed that he was looking directly into the surveillance cameras. The crook immediately fumbles under his hoodie to put his mask on. But he was too late. Cops used a still from the video to show his clear face during the burglary in the hopes of catching the crook.

After donning his mask, cops say the burglar used a crow bar to pry open the office safe and make off with cash. 
The suspect is a Hispanic male. He is 5 foot 9 and weighs 120 pounds. He has a goatee, brown eyes, black hair, medium complexion, last seen wearing black shoes, and a hooded jacket.

Cops say the suspect is a textbook example of How NOT to Rob a Store

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

God and Cops Watch Poor Box Thief

Poor Box Crooks Looks To Heaven Sees Camera

She's Going to Hell: Thief Robs Church Poor Box

God may not have been watching but the NYPD was when a soulless thief broke open and robbed the poor box at St. Benedict’s Church. 

In the shrine in the back of the Throggs Neck church the thief attacked the poor box at around 4:23 pm on January 12. Surrounded by statues of the Virigin Mary, Father Padre Pio and a painting of Mother Theresa, this thief thought charity begins at home.

The crook looked to the heavens before taking what appeared to be a screw driver to the poor box. The problem for her was she was looking right into a surveillance camera.

Years ago the church had installed video cameras when crooks brook into the poor box embedded in the wall of the back of the church.

Police released surveillance video of the crime in the hope of catching the thief. The suspect is described as a white woman, 30 to 35 years old with light complexion. She was last seen wearing a dark coat, blue jeans and black and white Nike sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Bronx Pizza Lover Knocks Out Deliveryman

Bronx Pizza Lover Knocks Out Deliveryman

Leaves Money, Steals Pizzas 

BRONX- A pizza guy was knocked out cold by a mugger who made off with his pies.

The entire strange crime started inside a Domino’s Pizza at 1468 Westchester Avenue in Soundview. 

Police released surveillance video from inside the pizza joint which showed the suspect arguing with employees who were behind a protective glass.

Video from outside the pizza shop shows a Domino’s delivery man was trying to enter the store. The suspect is seen on the video punching the man in the back of the head knocking him out cold. As the deliveryman lay sprawled on the sidewalk, the suspect scoops up the delivery bags filled with pizza and runs down the street.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.