Two colorful crimes went down at the New York Methodist Hospital last week.
• A homeless man charmed his way into a woman’s pocket book in front of the Sixth Street medical center on April 22. The 59-year-old victim said she approached the man rummaging through the trash between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 11 am and offered him a dollar. After a polite conversation, the man said, “You’re so nice and sweet,” and the pair hugged and exchanged numbers. As the woman made her way home, she realized that $100 and an assortment of credit cards and IDs were missing from her purse, which had been dangling from her walker the whole time.
• Three days later, a crafty thief swiped a $10,000 “capnography machine” from a treatment room in the emergency wing on the Sixth Avenue side of the medical center. A paramedic told cops he had left the machine — often used to monitor a patient in intensive care or under anesthesia — in the room while he prepared paperwork at around 4:30 pm. About three hours later, surveillance cameras captured a man sneaking in via the ambulance ramp.
At least two bikes were stolen last week, but one lucky owner was happily reunited with his ride.
• A thief snatched a bike locked to a parking meter at Fourth Avenue and St. Marks Place on April 21. The owner of the $3,000 ride said he’d left it locked at around 7:50 pm. An hour and a half later, it was gone.
• A thief stole a bike from the front gate of a Seventh Street apartment on April 21, but was caught after cops saw the jerk break the bike chain in the front of the building between Fourth and Fifth streets at around 3:10 pm. Officer Awad Talat slapped the cuffs on the 42-year-old suspect.
A thief crept into a Degraw Street apartment through the roof vent and stole a computer on April 21.
The tenant told cops she was last at her place between Fourth and Fifth streets at around 11:45 am. When she returned about seven hours later, her $2,500 laptop was missing.
A thief swiped a man’s wallet from his locker while he got ripped at the New York Sports Club on Ninth Street.
The victim told cops he finished his workout at around 7:30 pm and returned to his locker only to find that his Blackberry, $60, and an assortment of credit cards were missing.
A thief stole that most-sought-after of wheels — a 1996 Honda — on April 23.
The 72-year-old owner told cops that she had last seen her car parked on Sackett Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 11 pm that fateful day. When she returned two days later in the morning, her ride was gone. Old Honda Civics make regular appearances in these pages, despite their age.
— Stephen Brown