'Well-Dressed' Man Steals $7K in Crystal, Leather from SoHo Shop, Cops Say

By Irene Plagianos on March 27, 2013 9:27am 

LOWER MANHATTAN — A natty thief swiped more than $7,000 worth of pricey home goods from an upscale interior design store in SoHo last week, according to police reports.

An employee from Italian furniture shop Poltrana Frau at 145 Wooster St. told police that a "well-dressed" man who called himself “Brando” had previously browsed through the store on several occasions, police said.

The suspect, who wore a long, dark coat with a fur collar and a dark fedora, is suspected of pilfering two Baccarat crystal vases, each valued at $1,650, as well as a $1,000 Baccarat crystal “Woods of Euphoria” decanter and a $3,300 leather piece by designer Rodolfo Dordoni on March 19, cops said.

The employee told police she noticed the items went missing sometime that afternoon, according to the NYPD.

Police were still looking for the suspect as of Tuesday.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:

► A 40-year-old man was punched in the face on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Broome Street when a robber demanded he turn over his watch and sneakers, and he refused, police said. The man told police he was getting out of a cab about 1:50 a.m. on March 23 when the alleged thief approached him. After the mugger clocked him in the left eye, the victim — and his $600 BlackBerry Bold — fell to the ground, police said. As the victim got back up, he saw the attacker coming after him once again, so he quickly ran away, leaving the phone behind, cops added.

► A 19-year-old German woman had her bag stolen from a Starbucks at 195 Broadway on March 21 as she paid for her drink, police said. The woman told police she left her black handbag on the floor as she stood at the register, and discovered her bag — which held her German passport and an iPhone — had been lifted after her purchase, according to cops. A few minutes later, the accused thief, a 48-year-old man, was spotted on the Cortlandt Street N/R subway platform with the missing bag, police said. The suspect, Wilbert Harris, was arrested and charged with one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, police said. He's due back in court on March 27.

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