There have been a few recent break-ins in the neighborhood and one violent robbery; it’s not clear if they’re related.
Dunkin Donuts on 95th street and Columbus Avenue was broken into on Monday night or Tueaday morning, a tipster said. The window was smashed and no employees were inside on Tuesday morning. The 24th precinct told us: “We have surveillance video and other good leads. However, we are not ready to release images to the public.” The thief didn’t get away with much: “Made an attempt at cash register to no avail. Left with perishable items (food and coffee).”
A manager at the Boost Mobile cell phone store on 109th street and Columbus was tied up and hit with a pistol on Sunday, as first reported by DNAinfo. “The three suspects knocked on the front door and then forced their way into the store while flashing a handgun, according to police. One of the men stood guard in the front of the store, while the other two led the manager to the store’s back room, punched him in the face, pushed him to the ground and tied up his hands with tape, police said. One of the suspects struck the manager in the back of the head with the handgun, with the victim pleading, ‘please don’t kill me,’ recounted Capt. Marlon Larin of the 24th Precinct.” They stole $1,300 from the register, the manager’s Android cell phone, three iPhones, and a Macbook Pro laptop and charger.
“The suspects were described as in their 20s, standing between 5 foot 5 and 5 foot 8, and clad in dark knit hats and dark jackets, police said.”
KT Collection jewelers on Columbus Avenue and 75th street was burglarized sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. The store’s window was busted, and jewelry was taken, the 20th precinct confirmed. “Male black seen by witness throwing a city garbage can through the window and taking some jewelry and running.” The suspect has not been caught.
There were several similar burglaries on Columbus in the 60’s and 70’s last year, but police apprehended a man they suspect was responsible for them a few weeks ago. The 20th precinct did not have details about that arrest.
If you know anything about these crimes, you can confidentially call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit a tip via www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text CRIMES (274637) and then enter TIP577.