Police Beat

Purse-snatcher gets nothing from victim


A woman reportedly stole a purse from an 83-year-old while waiting for the bus on Sunday, police said. 

It was the day after April 1, yet it seems the joke’s on the thief: The victim told police her purse had nothing of value inside. 

The suspect, who was caught on camera, reportedly ran behind the elderly woman while waiting for the bus at West 231st Street and Broadway, snatched her purse, and knocked her to the ground. 

The investigation is ongoing.


Robbers try for backpack, settle for cell phone

Two people robbed a 63-year-old man Saturday night while he was walking on the corner of University Avenue and Strong Street. 

The man was thrown to the ground where the two people tried to take his backpack … but failed. Not wanting to leave empty-handed, they grabbed his fanny pack instead, which contained an LG smartphone police said was valued at just under $300.

The investigating is ongoing. 


Burglars make off with $16,000

More than $16,000 in jewelry and other items were stolen from a 56-year-old man’s home in a burglary last week, police said. 

When the man arrived home at 2752 Arlington Ave., on April 1, he found someone broke in through the back door and made off with a gold ring, a pearl necklace, ruby earrings and a PlayStation. Police valued the property at $16,050. 

The investigation is ongoing.


Laptops stolen in burglary

A 31-year-old woman lost two Apple laptops to burglars last week, according to police. 

She came home March 28 to find someone broke one of the windows in her home at 3200 Netherland Ave. Thieves stole her MacBook Pro, which police valued at $2,900, and a MacBook Air, valued at $1,500.

The investigation is ongoing.