The owner of a Fifth Avenue mini-mart busted a graffiti vandal red-handed on March 15.
The owner spotted the street artist putting on a show at 2:30 am near his shop, which is near 77th Street, so he called the cops.
The 17-year-old “artist,” whose tag name is “Shady,” was promptly arrested. Police also said they confiscated a can of blue spray paint along with a paint marker from the pocket of “Shady’s” sweat jacket.
Two more navigation systems lost their way on the same day last week.
In the first theft, an XM Navigation system, valued at $2,000, was stolen out of a 45-year-old man’s 2004 Escalade on March 15.
The man had parked his car on Ridge Avenue and 79th Street, but when he returned at 7:30 am, he found that someone had broken through the driver’s-side door and stolen the expensive equipment.
An hour later, a $1,500 model of the newfangled GPS-guided systems was stolen out of a 42-year-old man’s 2004 Cadillac, police said.
The man had parked the car on Bay Ridge Avenue near Ridge Street, but when he returned at 8:30 am, he found the digital map had been swiped.
A brand new car was discovered missing from inside of a car dealership on Fifth Avenue near 65th Street car on March 15.
The employee noticed the 2007 Nissan Altima Sedan, valued at $21,697, missing from the secured storage lot. No broken glass was found, and the car had no plates or registration, police said.
A 78-year-old grandmother was robbed of $5,500 by her check-forging grandson on March 9, cops said.
Police said the 32-year-old man was transferring money from granny’s savings account to her checking account, and then writing checks to himself by forging granny’s signature.
The man was arrested, but police have yet to recover the stolen money.
A valet left a man’s car running on Fourth Avenue, so a thief jumped in and sped off.
The 31-year-old victim told police he left his Nissan Quest, valued at $35,000, with a valet on March 15. When he returned at 5:30 pm, the car was gone.
The car was last spotted being driven by the perp down Fourth Avenue and 100th Street.
A 42-year-old Fifth Avenue woman noticed that her business checking account was $54,829 lighter on March 15.
The perp used her account number to electronically transfer the funds from her bank to pay off her Bank of America credit card in February.
The police are on the case.
A tenant of an 83rd Street apartment building caught the super’s son robbing his things when he came home on March 12, cops said.
The man returned to his apartment, which is near 20th Avenue, at around 2 pm to find the super’s 15-year-old son and another thug fleeing through the fire escape with a bag filled with his electronics, jewelry, credit, and debit cards, police said.
The man grabbed the super’s kid, but the other hoodlum escaped.
Police arrested the super’s son, and the victim got all his property back. The man was unable to get a good look at the second perp.
A woman returned to her Quentin Road apartment on March 16 to find the front door open and more than $900 in jewelry and cash missing.
She had returned to her home, which is near Dahill Road, at 2 pm. Unfortunately, none of her neighbors heard or saw the perps during the daytime swipe.
A Bath Beach woman lost all her savings in a brazen morning robbery of her Bay 22nd Street apartment on March 14.
She had returned home at 8 am and discovered that thieves had stolen more than $4,500 in cash, electronics and jewelry, police said.
Unfortunately, there were no witnesses in the building, which is near Bath Avenue.
Two teenagers were arrested after mugging two people during a three-day span, cops said.
The two 15-year-old punks first attacked a teenager on Benson and 17th avenues on March 11 at around 2 pm, according to police. They came up from behind him, and put a knife to the victim’s throat, and threw him to the ground. In the scuffle, one thug removed $17, including his cellphone, police said.
Three days later, at around 4 pm, the thugs struck again, holding a 12-year-old girl at knifepoint, and stealing her purse and cellphone on Bay 17th Street and Benson Avenue, cops said.
The bag contained $300.
Police later caught the two hoodlums a few blocks away. Both victims identified the two thugs as their attackers, and had their stolen property returned while the thugs went to the pokey.
A woman had her wallet snatched as she was boarding a Bay Parkway bus on March 19.
The perp bumped the victim as she was getting on a crowded B82 bus at 3 pm, and then stole her wallet, police said. The bus stop, which is near 86th Street, was very crowded, preventing the victim from identifying the thief.
The bus driver saw the tall perp, but was unable to get a good look at his face.
After spending just one week out of this column, a Shore Parkway gym is back, thanks to a robbery of one of its members cars on March 15.
The woman went into the gym, which is near Bay Parkway, to shed some unwanted pounds. After she was done, she returned to her car at 3 pm, only to discover her driver’s-side window broken and her purse, containing $120 and credit cards, missing.
Unfortunately, none of her fellow gym members got a good look at the criminals.
The gym is a regular crime scene, police said, but usually the robberies occur in the lockerroom.
A customer at an 86th Street cellphone store had his wallet stolen as he was browsing the merchandise on March 17.
The man was shopping in the store, which is near 21st Avenue, at around 4 pm. As he was leaving, he noticed his wallet had been snatched. The thief took $50, including credit and debit cards, police said.
Unfortunately, no one was able to get a good look at the thief.