While crime may have reached record low levels, it still doesn’t hurt to keep your hand on your wallet as you’re strolling down the street. That goes double for stroke victims, as a Japanese tourist discovered on Nov. 14.
The victim, an 83-year-old resident of Kitashinagawa, Japan, was felled by a stroke at 1:45 p.m. in front of 945 Madison Avenue. E.M.S. responded and put him in an ambulance to shuttle him to the hospital. At that point, he had a Japan Airlines ticket and $3,000 in cash in an envelope in his jacket pocket.
However, it seems that while in transit-and in no position to guard his money roll-$2,500 and the airline ticket went missing. One hesitates to cast doubt upon the virtue of either the E.M.S. or the FDNY, whose ambulance and personnel transported the octogenarian to the hospital. But when he arrived at the E.R., the victim was significantly less flush than he was prior to his ambulance ride.
His jacket was returned to him, which is a start-but when he checked the envelope, all that remained was $500 and no return ticket to Japan.
Gay Fights, Not Rights
Judging by the vehemence with which the Christian right is fighting same-sex marriage, they must think there’s already too much love and kindness in the world. But a July 8 incident-only reported to the police on Nov. 8-suggests that lesbians may be no better at settling their disputes nonviolently than the rest of us.
A 42-year-old York Avenue resident informed the police that she and her 40-year-old partner had an argument at 11:30 p.m. on that early summer day, though she didn’t say about what. The disagreement was sufficiently heated that her girlfriend, after flinging her headphones on the floor, picked up a mug of hot tea and launched it at her lover.
Unfortunately, her aim was rather good. From a distance of 12 feet, she managed to bean her friend on the right side of the head, causing a gash to her scalp and ear. Indeed, the wound was so serious that the woman required stitches to her head and plastic surgery to repair the cartilage in her ear.
The victim said that she was reporting the incident at this late date because she was having what she described cryptically as “side effects.”
Nov. 11 wasn’t a good day to leave your personal property in the storage room of the Bentley Hotel at 500 East 62nd Street. Three people reported their possessions stolen after depositing them with the staff between 8:15 and 9 a.m.
A 25-year-old Florida resident checked into the hotel before she left for a meeting; when she returned, she was informed by a hotel employee that her $1,300 Dell computer had been taken by persons unknown. A laptop, battery and various CD’s belonging to a male guest also went missing-as did a computer and Palm Pilot belonging to a third guest.
The first victim was told that the storage area had been left open because the only person with the key had been fired. But the other victims believed that the room had been locked by the doorman.
The Bentley, minutes from the Bridgemarket Complex and the D and D Building, receives generally favorable reviews at Tripadvisor.com, though the walls between rooms are reportedly paper-thin and the décor leaves something to be desired.
Alas, theft isn’t the bane of mid-range hotels alone, as a Nov. 5 incident at the esteemed Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street, suggests. The victim in that case, a 25-year-old California resident, said that his suitcase, apparently containing his wallet, had been placed in storage until his room was ready.
Once ensconced in his five-star accommodations, he put several items into his room safe, including his wallet (with some $1,300 in cash), without checking to see if his money was still there. When he eventually did check, he discovered that it wasn’t. The thief also absconded with a small case containing $400 worth of DVD’s.
With the holidays at hand, you may want to consider waiting in your lobby-or, better yet, out on the sidewalk-if you’re expecting a package from U.P.S. or Federal Express. If you don’t, someone else-such as the two suspects who showed up at 26 East 81st Street on Nov. 3-may beat you to it.
At 10:15 a.m., the two males appeared at the address and asked for the package going to apartment 2N. The doorman properly requested ID, and when none was forthcoming, he rang the apartment.
That’s when one of the perps hit the box, which the doorman was holding, causing him to drop it. Then he grabbed it from the floor and punched the doorman in the right shoulder for good measure before both men fled the scene. After further investigation, the police learned that the box-whose contents were not disclosed-had been purchased with a stolen credit card.
While the lobby didn’t have a security camera, the resident of apartment 2N, responding to the house phone, saw the altercation on her apartment monitor. The police conducted a canvass of the area, with negative results.
Where’s the Beef?
What with the dollar in free fall, all sorts of financial instruments are starting to look more appetizing-euros, pounds, gold and now, meat. A restaurateur reported to the police that he visited the refrigerator at Cape Cod, a restaurant at 1708 Second Avenue, on Nov. 7 to retrieve eight tenderloin steaks only to find they were gone. They were valued at $50 each, for a total of-you do the math-$400.
The victim doesn’t know who stole the beef, or whether their motive was resale, personal consumption or use as an investment vehicle. He also wasn’t especially sanguine about identifying the perp: Numerous personnel have access to the refrigerator, which is in the staff room.