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Thief Swipes Beer Truck While Driver Makes Chelsea Delivery, Police Say

By Mathew Katz | February 7, 2014 6:43am
 Police said a Heineken truck vanished while its driver was making a beer delivery in Chelsea.
Police said a Heineken truck vanished while its driver was making a beer delivery in Chelsea.
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CHELSEA — A thirsty thief made off with an entire truck of Heineken beer while its driver was making a delivery, police said.

According to police, the Heineken truck's 51-year-old driver and his partner had parked the truck at the northwest corner of West 27th Street and 11th Avenue to take beer to Pinch Food Design, a catering company at 545 W. 27th St., at about 12:45 p.m. on Monday.

The pair left the green 2005 Freightliner's keys hidden under the driver's seat but, when they returned 10 minutes later, the truck was gone, according to the NYPD.

The vehicle, owned by Long Island-based Demon Trucking Inc., was seen on surveillance cameras heading into The Bronx at about 2 p.m. that day but has not been seen since, police said. 

The thief got away with 11 kegs and three 24- can packs of Heineken, along with three cases of Georgi Vodka.

Neither Heineken nor Demon Trucking immediately responded to a request for comment.

The investigation into the theft is ongoing.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter for the 10th Precinct include:

► A 27-year-old woman complained that she was being harassed by a cabbie after giving him her business card, police said. The woman, an English language instructor, gave the driver her card when he asked for lessons after giving her a ride to her Chelsea home on Jan. 15, according to the NYPD.

Since then, the cabbie, whom she only knew as "Faiaz," had been continually calling and texting her to meet up for a date and ignored her requests to stop, according to police. On Monday, the man turned up at her apartment while she was not home, the NYPD said.

Police are looking for Faiaz, whom they described as a man with dark hair, standing about 5-foot-9 and weighing 220 pounds.

► A 23-year-old woman's debit card was stolen from her bag while she was partying at the Dream Hotel early Sunday morning, police said. The woman's card was swiped after she left her bag unattended to get up and dance just after midnight, according to the NYPD. The thief allegedly charged $388.13 on the card before it was canceled, police said. The investigation is ongoing. 

► A Norwegian tourist who brought a woman back to his room at Hotel 309, 309 W. 14th St., early Saturday morning woke up to find that she was gone — along with his belongings. Police said that the woman, whom the 21-year-old tourist only knew as "Jasmin," took his iPhone 5, a watch and $300 in cash. 

► Police arrested Richard Bolds, 41, after officers found him promoting prostitution in his car outside of the Best Western Convention Center Hotel at 522 W. 38th St. just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to NYPD records. Officers found Bolds with two loaded firearms when they searched his vehicle, according to police.

Bolds was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of promoting prostitution, according to court records. He was released on a $2,500 bail and is due back in court Friday.

Bolds' attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Staff at the hotel declined to comment.