Man Stole Wine, Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce From Food Emporium, Police Say

By Heather Holland on March 20, 2014 7:18am 

 A man was arrested after he tried to swipe wine, nuts, shrimp and cocktail sauce from Food Emporium.
A man was arrested after he tried to swipe wine, nuts, shrimp and cocktail sauce from Food Emporium.
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UNION SQUARE — A man was arrested for trying to steal a bottle of wine, shrimp and cocktail sauce from Food Emporium, police said.

Security workers at the 10 Union Square East grocery store spotted Christopher Panasuk, 36, lifting the items off shelves and putting them in a plastic bag about 7:30 p.m. on March 13, NYPD said.

The man then tried to walk out of the store without paying for the $8 bottle of wine, $21 bag of shrimp, $4 container of cocktail sauce and a $5 bag of nuts, but he was stopped by security, police said. 

The store recovered all of the items, police said.

Panasuk was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Panasuk is due back in court on April 14.

Other notable crimes that occurred in the 13th Precinct include:

► A Chelsea man had his cellphone and Prada wallet stolen at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 26th Street at 2:50 a.m. on March 15, police said.

The 40-year-old victim was walking with his friend when two strangers approached and asked them for money, police said.

When they refused, police said 28-year-old Ibrahima Balde grabbed the victim’s cellphone and wallet out of his front pocket and fled.

Police arrested Balde, but his accomplice escaped with the stolen items, which included credit cards and $400 in cash, police said.

Balde was charged with grand larceny. He is due back in court on March 20.

Information regarding Balde’s lawyer was not immediately available.

► A man was busted after police found him carrying bags of cocaine and marijuana on an L train at Union Square.

Police spotted 31-year-old Jesus Guzman passing from one car to another on a moving L train at 7:43 a.m. March 14, the NYPD said. 

Once police stopped him, Guzman was found carrying 13 Ziploc bags of cocaine in his coat pocket and a bag of marijuana inside one of his socks, police said.

Guzman was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

Information regarding his attorney was not immediately available.

► A man was caught stealing credit card information at a parking garage at 101 W. 23rd St. near Sixth Avenue, police said.

As part of ongoing investigation, police arrested Michael Bello, 26, for "skimming" 38 American Express credit cards at Ultra Car Park and racking up $21,169.27 in charges, police said.

Bello was arrested on March 12, but the alleged theft of the card information occurred on Dec. 5, 2013, police said.

American Express and Ultra Car Park declined to comment.

The case is being investigated by the city's Financial Crime Task Force, police said.

Bello was charged with identity theft, grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument.

He is due back in court on June 16. Information regarding his attorney was not immediately available.

► A patient was collared after she punched a 60-year-old nurse in the face inside of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Ave., police said.

Michelle Rispers, 38, punched the nurse at 3:25 p.m. on March 3, police said.

Rispers was charged with assault, attempted assault and harassment, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. A temporary order of protection was issued against Rispers. 

Information regarding her lawyer was not immediately available.

► Five teens were arrested for trespassing at a Stuyvesant Town building at 9:20 a.m. on March 11.

A Stuy Town security officer discovered the teens hanging out in a stairwell leading to the building’s basement, which is only used for building workers, police said.

The teens admitted that they did not live in the building, 523 E. 14th St., and did not know anyone living in the building, police said.

Their names are being withheld due to their age.

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