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Greenhouse Club Plagued by Purse-Snatchings, Police Say

By  Irene Plagianos and Andrea Swalec | March 29, 2013 1:13pm 

HUDSON SQUARE — If you get your dance on at the Hudson Square club Greenhouse, make sure to keep an eye on your bag.

Four handbag thefts have been reported in the last month at the Varick Street hotspot — where singers Chris Brown and Drake were accused of starting a bottle-throwing brawl last June over their relationships with Rihanna — police said at a community meeting held at the 1st Precinct Thursday evening.

A total of seven purse-snatchings at Downtown clubs, bars and restaurants have been reported in the past 28 days, said Capt. Brendan Timoney, the new 1st Precinct commanding officer.

He warned clubgoers to guard their valuables.

"You have to make sure to protect your personal property," he said. "If you put your bag down for a second, someone might come by and grab it."

The club and its own security staff are working with police to prevent theft, a Greenhouse spokeswoman said Friday. 

A club security guard recently helped nab one accused thief, the spokeswoman said. 

Hocine Ouldhamou, 26, was arrested Wednesday, March 6 for allegedly swiping cash from a clubgoer's bag about 4 a.m., court records show.

After the club called the police, an officer for the 1st Precinct — which covers Lower Manhattan, SoHo and Hudson Square — found four credit cards on Ouldhamou, according to court records. 

He told cops he found the cards at several Downtown bars. 

Court records show the accused thief faces two felony charges for criminal possession of stolen property and was released without bail. He's due in court June 17.

The 6th Precinct, which covers the Village and Meatpacking District, is also dealing with an alarming number of thefts in clubs and restaurants, which the commanding officer has attributed to "intoxicated, affluent people leaving their stuff around."