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Thief in Construction Vest Swipes $1,400 in Facial Products, Police Say

By Rebecca Fishbein | June 29, 2017 9:19am

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — A shoplifter wearing a yellow construction vest snagged $1,400 worth of facial products from a Duane Reade on Water Street, police said.

An employee told police that a man walked into the store at 200 Water St., swiped a number of facial products from a shelf and stuffed them into shopping bags before leaving on June 21 at 2:40 p.m.

There were no arrests as of Tuesday, and a manager at Duane Reade declined to comment on the incident.

Other recent incidents in the 1st Precinct, according to police, include:

► A Brooklyn woman told police someone snatched her bag when she left it in her child's stroller at a McDonald's at 160 Broadway on June 21, police said. She took her child to the bathroom and returned to find the bag — which contained her credit cards, iPhone 6S, Social Security card, green card and $1,000 in cash — missing, police said. There was no illegal use of her cards, which have since been canceled, and there were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said. A person answering the phone at the McDonald's hung up when contacted for comment.

► A thief stole a 27-year-old woman's cellphone at knifepoint on June 21, according to police. The woman told officers the incident occurred at 3 a.m. in front of 120 Cedar St. She said she was standing outside a pub when an unknown man approached her, asked her, "Are you OK? My name is James," then displayed a knife and forcibly took her iPhone 7. The suspect fled on foot, according to police, and there were no arrests as of Tuesday.

► A 42-year-old Manhattan woman said she had her wallet swiped from her child's stroller at the Washington Market Park at 100 Chambers St. on June 21. She told police she walked a few feet from the stroller to tend to her child, and when she returned a minute or so later, her wallet was gone. The wallet contained $25 in cash, a debit card, credit card, monthly MetroCard and an iPhone 6, according to police. The Parks Department was unable to comment on the incident, and there were no arrests as of Tuesday.

► An unknown suspect swiped a laptop and two credit cards from the manager's office of a clothing boutique at 225 Broadway on June 13, police said. The cards appeared to be used on the day of the theft and were since canceled, police said. There were no arrests as of Tuesday.

► A 24-year-old man told police he fell asleep on the Brooklyn-bound J platform at the Broad Street station early in the morning on June 18 and awoke to discover a thief had cut a hole in his pants and stolen his wallet. Missing items included his ID, debit card and $40 in cash. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said.

► An unknown suspect swiped $1,626.74 worth of makeup from a Duane Reade at 250 Broadway on June 17, police said. An employee told police the suspect removed the items from the aisle and left without paying. Duane Reade declined to comment on the incident, and there were no arrests as of Tuesday.

► A 24-year-old was arrested on June 21 and charged with attempted assault after he resisted arrest when uniformed police officers stopped him for attempting to enter the subway without paying, according to a complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney's office. The man was observed attempting to bend a MetroCard to enter the transit system, and when an officer stopped him, he flailed his arms and kicked the officer in the head, police said. He has also been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and resisting arrest, according to the DA's office. Attorney information for the man was not immediately available.

► Someone stole a 24-year-old Manhattan man's credit card from his unlocked gym locker at the NY Sports Club location at 217 Broadway on June 22, police said. The victim told police there were two unauthorized charges on his Chase Sapphire card — a $680 charge at Nike and a $153.54 charge at Zara. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said. An employee at the gym directed DNAinfo to its corporate number, but no one could be reached.

► A thief was accused of taking a cellphone and a wallet from a 25-year-old Brooklyn woman who fell asleep on the J train on June 23, police said. Ruben Fonseca, 28, was arrested and charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a stolen object for swiping the victim's $100 phone, according to police and a complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney's office. His bail has been set at $10,000 cash bond, prosecutors say. Fonseca's attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment.

► A 13-year-old girl told police a man stole her wallet, which was in a pocket clipped to her jeans, while walking on the A train platform at the Fulton Street station on June 24. She says she patted her pocket to discover the wallet was missing, then spotted the suspect holding it and tossing it into a trash can on the platform. When the teen and a witness confronted the man, he said, "I don't have her money, I just threw her wallet in the garbage," police said. The wallet contained $50 in cash, according to police. The suspect was described as 6 feet tall, 130 pounds, wearing a beige baseball hat, blue jeans, black sneakers and a red shirt. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said.