Thief Swipes 72 Locks from UWS Drugstore, Police Say

By Emily Frost on April 28, 2014 6:38am 

 A thief took a large number of combination locks from a local Duane Reade. 
A thief took a large number of combination locks from a local Duane Reade. 
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A thief swiped 72 locks worth hundreds of dollars from an Amsterdam Avenue drugstore last week, police said.

The suspect entered a Duane Reade at West 59th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on April 23 at 11 p.m. with a black suitcase, which he used to stash the locks, a smaller suitcase and a cologne bottle, police said. 

The man grabbed 72 locks total, including 64 combination locks and eight Master key-operated padlocks, as well the other items before leaving the store, police said. 

The items were worth a total of $1,040, police said. The store's manager declined to comment.

Other recent notable crimes in the 20th Precinct include: 

► A total of $24,000 worth of cigarettes and e-cigs were stolen from a Broadway smoke shop, police said. The manager of Shami Smoke and Magazine Shop between West 62nd and 63rd streets arrived at 6 a.m. on April 20 to find the store's lock broken and front door damaged, police said. 

Fifteen-thousand dollars worth of cigarettes were stolen, in addition to $4,000 in electronic cigarettes, $1,000 worth of cigars, $3,930 in lottery tickets and $70 in cash, police added.

The manager declined to comment.

► A woman had her $940 bike stolen at West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive after she dismounted to grab a drink, police said.

The 29-year-old woman told police that a man jumped on the bike, which had a pouch strapped to it holding her iPhone 5, and rode away on April 21, the NYPD said.

► A male shoplifter swiped a $1,075 women's leather jacket from the clothing store Vince at Columbus Avenue between West 71st and 72nd streets on April 20, police said. The store did not return request for comment. 

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