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Wine Bar Meeting Ends with Purse Stolen

By Emily Frost | May 9, 2014 4:57pm | Updated on May 12, 2014 8:37am
 A woman had her purse stolen during a meal with a man she'd just met at a local wine bar. 
A woman had her purse stolen during a meal with a man she'd just met at a local wine bar. 
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A 51-year-old woman dining at a local wine bar returned to her table from the restaurant bathroom to find a rude surprise: her purse and the man she had been sitting with were both gone.

According to police, the unidentified woman had gone to Barcibo Enoteca, the Italian wine bar on Broadway at West 69th Street, and met a 38-year-old man while she was there. The two were sitting at a table together on May 5 at around 11:30 p.m and were having a meal together. She asked him to watch her purse while she went to the bathroom, police said.

Upon returning, she found her bag, which held her wallet full of credit cards and her iPad, was gone and so was the stranger. Police deduced the man had given her a fake name as they've been unable to trace him thus far.

The restaurant did not respond to request for comment.

Other notable crimes in the 20th Precinct include: 

► A 31-year-old woman left her MacBook laptop, iPad, and iPod shuffle in an unlocked locker in the main area of Pure Yoga on West 77th Street and discovered they were stolen after her hour and 15-minute long class at 3:30 p.m. on May 2. The studio declined to comment. 

► A 37-year-old man visiting someone at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital parked his car at Allied Parking Garage at 425 West 59th Street for four hours. When he returned he discovered that his Nikon camera and lens, worth $1,300 were missing from the trunk of the car. Police declined to comment on whether the parking attendants were suspects in the case. The garage owner did not respond to request for comment. 

► A Hyundai Santa Fe parked on Riverside Drive between West 81 and 82nd streets was broken into on May 4. The owner said he parked it on Saturday and left it overnight and when he returned on Sunday at 1 p.m. the passenger side front window was smashed and his GPS was gone. 

► Two men entered Duane Reade on Broadway between West 62nd and 63rd streets on April 29 at 10 p.m. and put $3,300 worth of Excedrin, Zantac and Advil into a shopping bag and fled the store without paying. The store manager could not be reached for comment.