Mom Spots Burglar Through Bathroom Window While Potty Training Daughter
PARK SLOPE — A mom spotted a would-be burglar trying to climb into her bathroom window while she was potty training her daughter, according to a police report.
The 29-year-old mother was teaching her child how to use the toilet about 10:45 p.m. on Nov. 22, in her home on Union Street near Third Avenue. She spotted a man on the fire escape outside her second-floor bathroom, trying to get in through the bathroom's window, according to the report.
Officers arrested Edgar Ariza, 29 — who lives in the building's basement — in connection with the attempted burglary, police said. He was also charged with trespassing and possession of burglar's tools. A ladder was recovered at the scene, according to the report.
Ariza is "adamant about the fact that he has nothing to do with the alleged break-in," said his defense attorney, Iliana Santiago of Brooklyn Defender Services. Ariza, who has never been arrested before, is "confused" about why his neighbor accused him of wrongdoing, she added.
"There's definitely something more to the story," Santiago said.
Other notable crimes from this week's blotter at the 78th Precinct include the following, with details from police reports:
• A shopper at the new Uniqlo store in the Atlantic Center Mall on Flatbush Avenue had $1,590 in cash swiped from her pocket on Nov. 24, police said. The 28-year-old victim also had a Marc Jacobs wristlet purse stolen.
• A woman was washing her hands in a bathroom at the Barclays Center on Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. when a thief snatched her wallet, police said. The crook made off with the 32-year-old victim's BMW car key, $400 in cash and credit cards.
• A woman was talking on the phone while sitting on a bench on Fifth Avenue and Sterling Place on Nov. 21 about 6:25 p.m. when a man grabbed her iPhone and ran east on Park Place, police said. The thief hopped into an SUV and then sped off.
• A burglar struck an apartment on Prospect Place near Flatbush Avenue on Nov. 20 about 10 a.m. The thief entered through the front door while the tenant was at work and stole two Apple MacBooks, an Apple PowerBook G4, an Apple iPad and a Nikon digital SLR camera.
Overall in the 78th Precinct, major crimes have dropped 1.1 percent this year compared with the same period during 2012, according to the most recent numbers from the NYPD.