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Bicycling Thief Stole $300 From Cab as Driver Got Lunch, Police Say

By Mathew Katz | April 25, 2014 8:58am
 A man stole $300 from a taxi before fleeing on a bicycle, police said. 
A man stole $300 from a taxi before fleeing on a bicycle, police said. 
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CHELSEA — A thief on a bicycle stole $300 from a parked cab when its driver stopped to grab a bite to eat, police said.

According to police, the cabbie parked at the corner of 10th Avenue and West 28th Street and walked across the street to grab food from a vendor at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, leaving the doors to his cab unlocked.

When the 39-year-old cabbie turned around, he saw a man open his passenger side door and swipe $300 in cash from the cab before fleeing on a bicycle, police said.

The NYPD is looking for the man, who was wearing a black baseball hat, black shorts and a black T-shirt, police said.

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

► A person wearing a chef's uniform stole an iPad mini from juice joint Liquiteria, police said. According to the NYPD, the person went into the shop at 102 Eighth Ave. at about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and swiped the $340 iPad from the counter, where it was being used as a register.

Police are looking for the thief, who they say is about 5-foot-11 and was wearing a waist-length jacket, blue jeans and a blue chef's uniform. The thief's gender was not known.

Staff at the store did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

► A man leaving the Highline Ballroom was attacked early Sunday morning, police said.

According to the NYPD, the 24-year-old had left the club at 431 W. 16th St. and was heading to his car with friends at about 4:20 a.m. when he passed by a group of men. One of the men punched him, causing him to fall and break his jaw, police said.

Police had no information about the suspect.

► An employee stole cash from the register at the CVS Pharmacy at 272 Eighth Ave. on Tuesday morning, along with a stack of fashion magazines, police said.

According to the NYPD, Jennifer Cruz, 23, took $94.14 from the store's cash register without permission, as well as 14 copies of InStyle magazine at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Cruz was arrested and charged with petit larceny, police said. 

► A drunk man who was kicked out of a bar was arrested after pretending to have a gun, police said. According to the NYPD, Nicholas Caldwell, 34, went into McGarry's Bar at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, but was told to leave because he was too intoxicated. He told the staff there that he had a gun and simulated having a weapon in his waistband, police said.

Officers arrested Caldwell outside of the bar, where he kicked at them and swung his arms, according to police. He was charged with resisting arrest, records show.

His attorney could not be reached for comment. 

Staff at the bar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.