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Man Steals $2,400 Worth of Gear from Fox 5 News Van, Police Say

By Irene Plagianos | November 13, 2013 5:41pm
 A Fox 5 News van was broken into, and more than $2,000 worth of equipment was stolen last week, police said
A Fox 5 News van was broken into, and more than $2,000 worth of equipment was stolen last week, police said
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SOHO — Maybe he preferred Channel 4.

A man walked into a Fox 5 WNYW News van parked at Fulton and Church streets last week and stole $2,419 worth of audio and video equipment, police said.

The man, who entered the van at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 7., was able to make off with gear including a $798 Panasonic memory card for storing video — without being spotted, police said.

Fox 5 officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:

A 29-year-old man walking in SoHo was beaten by a group of men who stole his iPhone and wallet last week, police said. He told officers he was walking along Sixth Avenue, near Broome Street, at around 6 p.m., on Nov 7 when he was suddenly stopped by a group of men. They grabbed him and punched him in the face and head, as others stole his iPhone and wallet before running off.

Seven pairs of jeans worth a total of $1,245 were stolen from designer jeans shop True Religion at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, police said. Employees discovered the theft after doing a routine inventory of the 132 Prince St., store. Video surveillance showed a young man grabbing the jeans and placing them inside a shopping bag before leaving the store. A store manager declined to comment.

A $1,500 jacket was shoplifted from upscale SoHo boutique Pas de Calais on Nov. 8 at around 1:30 p.m., police said. When reviewing security camera footage, a store employee watched a young man snatch the jacket from a rack and run out of the 482 Broome St., store, according to police reports. A store manager declined to comment.

A sleeping straphanger had his iPhone stolen while riding the E train on Nov. 9 at about 3:30 a.m. A police officer arrested 64-year-old Johnie Washington on the E train platform at the Fulton Street stop soon after the crime. Washington's charges were not immediately available.