Man Trying to Pick Up Woman in Club Got Wallet Stolen Instead, Sources Say

By Mathew Katz on October 17, 2013 12:41pm | Updated on January 22, 2014 12:25pm

 The dance floor at Tenjune, where police said a 23-year-old man was pickpocketed by his dancing partner.
The dance floor at Tenjune, where police said a 23-year-old man was pickpocketed by his dancing partner.
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MEATPACKING DISTRICT — A clubgoer trying to pick up a woman at a Meatpacking District club got his pocket picked by her instead, according to police and sources.

The 23-year-old man was at Tenjune, a popular club, about 3:15 a.m. last Sunday, when the woman he was dancing with and hitting on, 32-year-old Jaime Vitagliano, reached into his pocket and swiped his wallet and cellphone, police and sources said.

The victim tried to grab Vitagliano's arm, but she fled the club at 26 Little W. 12th St., police said. The man immediately alerted police, who found Vitagliano trying to get away in a livery cab, according to NYPD documents.

Police arrested her and found the victim's Sony Xperia phone under a nearby parked car, but could not find his wallet, credit cards or Social Security card, police said.

Neither Vitagliano nor the club's staff could immediately be reached for comment. Information about Vitagliano's lawyer was not immediately available.

Vitagliano was charged with robbery and grand larceny, records show, and she is due back in court on Nov. 26.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter for the 6th Precinct include:

► Police arrested Jimmy Hall, 50, after finding him lying down on a southbound E train at West 4th Street at 5:50 a.m. on Oct. 9., according to the NYPD. When officers approached him, he refused to provide identification. One officer tried to place handcuffs on him, but he shouted, "Oh no, I'm not getting arrested" and tried to flee, the NYPD said. 

Hall continued to flail as police subdued him, and they found two forged MetroCards, a razor blade, two alleged crack rocks, a crack pipe and two prescription bottles filled with controlled substances, police said.

He was arrested on two outstanding warrants and was charged with possessing drugs, forged items and a possible weapon, along with resisting arrest, documents show.

Hall is being represented by Legal Aid, which did not immediately comment on the case.

► A real estate executive refused to pay his $169 bar tab at the Standard Hotel's Biergarten at 848 Washington St. early Saturday morning, police said. The 37-year-old man was indignant about his bill, so bar staff called the police, the NYPD said.

When officers arrived, they searched him and found counterfeit cash, a forged New York drivers license and Social Security card and a stolen American Express card, the NYPD said.

The man was charged with possessing forged instruments and was being held in the Manhattan Detention Complex on a $1,500 bail, records show.

A co-worker said the man was an executive vice president at Broadmore, a real estate developer, and had not returned to work as of Thursday.

"He still has issues to work out," said the co-worker, who declined to identify himself. "He had, from what I understand, two fake $20 bills — I don't know why, if someone slips you a fake $100 bill, you'd get arrested."

Staff at the Standard would not comment on the incident.

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