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Burglar Snatches $7K in Jewelry From Upper East Side Apartment, Police Say

By Shaye Weaver | February 28, 2017 4:25pm
 Police said a burglar got into an East 82nd Street home and took more than $7,000 in jewelry.
Police said a burglar got into an East 82nd Street home and took more than $7,000 in jewelry.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A burglar snatched more than $7,000 in jewelry from an East 82nd Street apartment last week, including diamond rings, designer necklaces and a watch, the NYPD said.

Two women returned to their home near Second Avenue, after 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, to find their valuables missing, according to authorities.

Police said the stolen items included one diamond ring worth $1,500; a David Yurman necklace valued at $350; a Burberry watch for $300; a 24 karat gold ring worth $2,500; two 24 karat diamond rings valued at $1,000; a Logan Hallowell necklace worth $1,500; a cubic zirconia necklace for $78; and 24 gold-plated silver rings from Forever 21 worth $150.

There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment, they added.

Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 19th Precinct include:

Bloomingdale's hit by shoplifters, again

Four women were caught snatching items from shelves at the 1000 Third Ave. departments store, then loading their haul into the trunk of a white Nissan Altima at about 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, police said.

Security officers spotted the women pulling sensors off the items before stashing them in the car, they added.

When officers arrived, they found the following stolen items in the car: black denim jeans valued at $225; blue denim jeans for $198; bright blue jeans for $265; a denim jacket for $222; and a child's snow suit valued at $350, according to authorities.

The women — ages 16, 18, 23, and 24 — were all arrested and charged with grand larceny, police said.

In a separate incident, on Feb. 23, a 36-year-old man put three Beats headphones worth $690 in his black bag and tried to leave the store without paying at 3:15 p.m., but was stopped by store security, police said. 

The man was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, and was wanted on a bench warrant. The charge for the recent crime was elevated to burglary because he had violated an order banning him from the store, police said.

Duane Read Shoplifter makes off with $1K in Nicorette Gum, Medicine

A 32-year-old Brooklyn man tried to steal $1,279 in merchandise from a Duane Read at 1356 Lexington Ave. and 90th Street, including over-the-counter drugs and Nicorette gum, according to police.

The man put eight Align probiotic drinks valued at $320, five Prevacid packs for $143, two Crest 3D whitening packs for $136, and eight Nicorette gum packs valued at $680 into a store basket and walked out of the store, authorities said.

A plainclothes officer approached him outside and told him to stop, prompting the man to drop the basket. But when the officer tried to arrest him, he flailed and resisted, police said.

The man was arrested and charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to authorities. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three days of community service.

Car Stolen on East 81st Street

A 38-year-old Queens man returned to where he parked his 1993 red Honda Civic in front of 45 E. 81st St. just after midnight on Feb. 19, and found that it was gone with broken glass left behind at the scene. Its value is estimated at $4,500, police said. There were no arrests as of Monday.

Backpack snatched from teen at Starbucks

A 15-year-old boy placed his backpack on the floor next to him while talking on the phone inside the Starbucks at 822 Lexington Ave. around 4 p.m. When he hung up, he realized his bag was missing. His backpack was worth $15, and there was a $1,000 MacBook Air and two school books inside, police said.

Motorcyclist Flees Cops

A 34-year-old man from Queens caused a brief police chase when he fled on his Honda motorbike after making an unlawful left turn from East 86th Street onto Lexington Avenue at 9:42 a.m. on Feb. 19, police said. He refused to pull over, ran a red light and went the wrong way on a one-way street, they added.

Police finally caught up with him on East 76th Street, but the man refused to get off his bike, causing an officer to fall and hit the curb as he tried to make the arrest.

The driver was charged with criminal possession of stolen property for having a stolen license plate, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault and reckless endangerment.

He had 21 previous suspensions on his license for not answering a summons, police said. He pleaded down to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and aggravated unlicensed operation at his arraignment, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.