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Feces Smeared on Chelsea Apartment Door for Second Time, Police Say

By Mathew Katz | August 28, 2014 3:19pm
 A teen founded feces on the door of his apartment in the Elliot Houses, police said. 
A teen founded feces on the door of his apartment in the Elliot Houses, police said. 
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CHELSEA — A teen returning home from an afternoon at a local community center found his family's apartment door smeared with excrement for the second time this year, police said.

According to police, the boy, 17, left his apartment in the Elliot Houses at 288 10th Ave. at about 3 p.m. on Aug. 19, and returned at about 5 p.m. to find his door covered in feces.

The family suffered a similar incident in March, police added.

Police could not say whether the excrement belonged to a human or an animal. There are currently no suspects in the case, police said. 

The New York City Housing Authority, which oversees the Elliot Houses, did not respond to a request for comment.

Other recent crimes in the 10th Precinct include:

► A pricey drawing by 19th-century poet, illustrator and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti was stolen from the basement of a Chelsea residence, police said.

An 85-year-old man left the $10,000 drawing in the basement of a residence at 224 W. 24th St. on June 15, according to police. When he returned on June 20, the drawing was gone, police said.

► More than $1,400 in Neiman Marcus clothing was stolen from an apartment hallway after the apartment tenant's mother shipped her a new wardrobe, police said.

According to police, the 28-year-old resident's mother, who lives in Texas, shipped her a large box of new clothes from the national clothing chain. When the box arrived at the woman's West 15th Street apartment on Aug. 15 at around 12 p.m., a postal carrier left it in the building hallway, according to police.

When the woman came home at about 2 p.m., she found the box missing, police said.

In all, $1,414 worth of clothing was stolen, including a $209 Jon Hart tote, several sweaters, blouses, jackets, dresses, and a pair of shoes.

► A man's wallet and iPhone were cut out of his pocket as he slept on a bench in the subway station at West 14th Street and Eighth Avenue early Saturday morning, police said.

The man, 22, fell asleep on the bench at about 3:30 a.m. and woke up four hours later to find his right pants pocket cut open and his wallet — with $200 and a debit card inside — and white iPhone 5 missing, according to police.

Police have no suspects in the case.

► A homeless man was beat up by two men in broad daylight on Aug. 21 at the northeast corner of Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street, police said.

The man, 54, was punched by the two men at about 10 a.m. and was taken to Roosevelt Hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises to his face and hand, police said.

Police have no suspects in the case.