Bags Stuck in Subway Doors Vulnerable to Platform Pirates!

The New York City subway system isn’t for sissies, as a Jan. 3 incident proved. A 47-year-old upstate Ancram, N.Y., resident was boarding the No. 6 train at 9 a.m. at the 77th Street and Lexington Avenue station when her pocketbook got caught in the closing doors.

Fortunately, there are people employed to push you onto the train and help you extricate your personal property in just such an emergency. Unfortunately, they work on the Ginza line of the Tokyo subway system, not for New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Instead, in this case, an unknown male remaining on the platform approached the subway and started to rifle through his victim’s bag. He held onto the handbag, opened it and removed her property—all while the woman was trying to pull her pocketbook to safety. Before she managed to free it, the thief absconded with a $100 Vidal Sassoon gift card, a $120 Metro-North 10-pack of tickets and her ladies’ Cole Haan wallet, in addition to her driver’s license and credit cards.

Party Monster

There are certain subjects virtually guaranteed to darken the mood at even the liveliest dinner party—for example, accusing one of your guests of stealing. That’s what happened at an East 89th Street fête on Jan. 6 after $400 belonging to the host “came up missing” shortly before midnight, according to the police.

All the guests joined in trying to help him find his cash, but without success. That’s when the host’s son, 20, entered a room where one of the guests, a 32-year-old male who lives just across the street, was searching for the dough and accused him of being the thief.

“This is what you get, bitch,” he explained, before he pummeled his parents’ visitor, causing what his victim described as serious cuts and bruises all over his body.

And while the beating victim hadn’t yet visited a hospital at the time he filed an assault complaint at the 19th Precinct, he told the cops that he’d be able to provide them with a videotape of his injuries, if not the actual incident.

The money was subsequently found.

Duh

There are certain precautions one should take before hiring a contractor. Making sure he’s insured is one of them. But perhaps equally important is removing valuables that he might take as compensation for his work if you’re not around to oversee him and he happens to discover them in your nightstand, safe or framed—as one contractor fixing a leak at a Fifth Avenue and 68th Street address did sometime between Dec. 15 and Jan. 3, when the incident was reported.

According to the apartment’s tenant, a 48-year-old woman who moved out for the duration of the repairs, she left her residence unlocked, but in the care of her super. For safekeeping, she added, she moved some artwork from her living room to her bedroom.

The good news about crooks is that they tend not to be that cultured—they’re more likely to steal your TV than your first edition of Ulysses or your Seurat study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. But you’re really tempting fate, whether you move the object out of harm’s way or not, when your idea of art is framed currency, as it apparently was with this home owner.

The victim told the cops that when she returned to her apartment, she noticed that the art—described as “assorted bills” valued at $25,000—was missing. She brought the theft to the attention of her super, who found the frame—but not the money—in one of the building’s stairwells at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 3.

The 19th Precinct detective squad and an NYPD evidence-collection team were notified. The recovered frame was valued at $10,000.

Randy Robbers

When a woman you’ve just met starts touching you all over, chances are it’s not because she finds you irresistible, as an East 64th Street resident was led to believe on Dec. 15.

He told the cops that he and some friends were having drinks at the W Hotel—he didn’t specify which location—when three women approached and suggested they join forces. There are typically only two occasions when females indulge in such unorthodox behavior: when they’re highly intoxicated or when they’ve been paid in advance. Of course, there’s a third reason someone might act in this manner: because it’s easier to pick your pocket when you’ve given them permission to put their hands down your pants.

Which seems to be the case here. The victim, 29, said that the ladies “began talking and touching” him and his friends at 10:30 p.m. The motive for their kindness only became clear when he returned to his East 64th Street residence later that evening and discovered his wallet—last seen in his pants pocket—missing. By then, the ladies had charged $600 to his credit cards at Duane Reade and ExxonMobil. They also made off with $100 in cash, a $200 Ralph Lauren money clip and his bankcard with a Buffalo Bills logo.