POLICE BEAT

Robbing one store just wasn’t enough

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A hungry burglar decided he needed a little more than breaking into one Broadway store just before Christmas. He decided to break into two.

Seeking to satisfy an early morning seafood craving, the thief broke into Marea’s Fish Market at 5219 Broadway in the early morning hours of Dec. 23, according to police, forcing his way in through a basement window before making off with $10,075, and breaking a cash machine valued at $500.

Looking for a little more, the thief then climbed into the basement of the adjoining Broadway Deli where it turns out he was more interested in $2,500 cash instead of a chopped cheese sandwich.

There were cameras on in both stores, meaning police could have some solid clues in trying to solve these burglaries. They continue to investigate.

Better a hybrid than a gas guzzler

Hondas aren’t the only thing catching the eyes of thieves. Some of the more environmentally conscious might have a desire for something greener, like the Toyota Prius parked at the 5800 block of Broadway parked just momentarily before 8 p.m., on Dec. 24.

The thief could not have been too much of an environmentalist, however, as he abandoned the car on White Plains Road just outside of Olinville.

A search of the crime scene provided no evidence, police said, but investigators are encouraged by some camera footage from a nearby Wendy’s.

Flying off the handle

A high-speed chase just wasn’t in the cards for police Dec. 12.

An officer attempted to write a summons for a double-parked white 2020 Nissan GT-R at the northeast corner of Mosholu and Broadway. But the officer didn’t quite get to finish, as the driver sped off before he could have the summons handed to him.

In his hurry to flee the scene, the Nissan’s driver swiped the passenger side door of the officer’s car before speeding away, heading north on Broadway.

The perp is no stranger to the officer, who knew him from a prior arrest, according to a report. 

But for this crime, at least, he remains at large.

— Rose Brennan

Two years, too late

Someone has reportedly taken advantage of one woman’s bank account for the better part of two years.

It’s happened since January 2019, she said, with someone taking money from her account using various ATMs from across the city.

And it’s certainly added up — to the tune of more than $20,000 as of Dec. 12.

Police don’t know who was enriching themselves at the expense of this woman, but they continue to investigate.

— Rose Brennan