Chelsea Apartment 'Ransacked' After Broker Got Keys, Police Say

By Mathew Katz | July 18, 2014 7:33am | Updated on July 18, 2014 10:30am
 Three Apple MacBooks were stolen from the apartment, police said.
Three Apple MacBooks were stolen from the apartment, police said.
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CHELSEA — A man's apartment was "ransacked" after a broker showing the place got the keys, police said.

According to police, the 23-year-old man left his West 21st Street apartment at about 8 a.m. on July 10 and returned to find the place in disarray, with three Apple laptops missing.

There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment, but the man said he was moving out and a broker showing the unit had keys and access to it, police said. The tenant and the broker had a bad relationship, police said — though the NYPD said the broker was not formally a suspect in the case.

In all, the three MacBooks were worth roughly $3,500, police said.

A spokesman for Oxford Property Group, which listed the apartment, said the company had no knowledge of the incident but would look into it.

Other recent crimes in the 10th Precinct include:

► A woman punched her friend in the face at Ninth Avenue and West 25th Street early Thursday morning, police said.

The pair were intoxicated and walking home when the woman got into an argument with another person, police said.

When the friend, a 34-year-old man, tried to intervene, the woman punched him in the face, causing pain and swelling to his right eye, police said.

Police are looking for the woman, who goes by the nicknames Essex and China. Police described her as 25 years old, 5-foot-2, weighing 300 pounds, with black curly hair. She was last seen wearing blue shorts and a white shirt. 

A bearded man stole six packs of frankfurters from the Gristedes at 225 Ninth Ave. on the afternoon of July 10, police said.

According to police, the man walked into the supermarket just after 3 p.m., put three packs of Hebrew National hot dogs and three packs of Bar-S Turkey Franks into his shopping cart, then took the meat out of the store without paying.

Police are looking for the man, who was last seen wearing blue shorts and a green shirt.

Staff at the grocery store declined to comment. 

► A 21-year-old woman's iPhone was stolen from her bag at club No. 8, 357 W. 16th St., at noon on July 10, police said.