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Drunk LA Tourist Passes Out on Street, Has $20K in Goods Stolen, NYPD Says

By Rebecca Fishbein | August 23, 2017 10:12am

DOWNTOWN — A drunk tourist from Los Angeles passed out on the sidewalk after leaving a West Village bar — leading a thief to snatch his bag with nearly $20,000 in valuables that included cash, a Rolex watch, a Tiffany ring and other pricey jewelry, police said.

The 26-year-old tourist had been at The Monster with a friend and was walking back to his hotel on Aug. 15 about 5 a.m. when the pair stopped and the victim passed out, police said.

That's when the unidentified thief came up and grabbed his Goyard messenger bag worth $1,200, police said.

The victim's friend tried to chase after the suspect, but couldn't catch him, police said.

The thief made off with $19,760 in loot from the bag, including two iPhones, a gold Rolex, a $300 Tiffany ring, a pair of $650 sunglasses, $200 in cash, and $16,100 in jewelry and other belongings, police said.

Neither the victim nor his friend knew where they were during the robbery, but said it was south of Houston Street, police said.

There had been no arrests as of Tuesday, police said.

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

► Police released new information about an Aug. 15 slashing at the Canal Street station. The suspect bumped the shoulder of a Queens man, 44, before spitting on him about 4:40 p.m. The victim spat back and the two started exchanging punches until the victim tried to walk away. "I'm about to get you," the suspect said as he followed the victim, pulled a small blade and cut the left side of his face and left wrist, police said. The victim was treated at Bellevue Hospital and listed in stable condition. The suspect was described as standing 6-foot-2, weighing 170 pounds and last seen in black boots, jeans and a black coat, police said. He hadn't been arrested as of Tuesday.

► A 23-year-old Manhattan woman told police her ex-boyfriend snatched her $700 black Nexus phone out of her hand and ran off with it on Aug. 15. The victim told officers she was in a dispute with her 30-year-old ex in an area behind Stuyvesant High School at 345 Chambers St. when he robbed her. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said. It wasn't immediately clear if the robbery was tied to the high school, and the Department of Education referred questions to the NYPD.

► A 29-year-old Staten Island man told officers his bag carrying $2,930 in valuables was stolen at Garden Bar on the South Street Seaport on Aug. 18. The victim said he was at the outdoor bar at 4:30 p.m. when he put his bag down, eventually went to retrieve it and discovered it was gone. The bag had a $1,500 IBM laptop, Beats by Dre headphones and a Lexus car key worth $400. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, police said. Garden Bar did not immediately respond to request for comment.

► A man was arrested on Aug. 16 and charged with grand larceny, after stealing credit and debit cards from two women at a management office at 225 Broadway, police said. Abderazza Boura, 40,used the cards to make transactions at the Duane Reade location at 250 Broadway, according to a criminal complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. He was arrested and found to be in possession of other stolen credit cards, along with a fake Virginia drivers license, police said. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A manager at Duane Reade declined comment.