At least four businesses along both of the neighborhood’s restaurant rows were burglarized last week. Here’s a roundup:
• A thief robbed Al Di La on Fifth Avenue early on May 5. The manager of the ethereal eatery at Carroll Street told cops that she had closed the restaurant at just after midnight. When she returned at around 1 pm, an iPod and the cash drawer, containing $300, was missing. She said that a side window had been left open by the staff.
• Another thief stuck at the Aji Bar and Lounge on Ninth Street on May 6. The miffed manager told cops that he had last been at the joint between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 1:30 am. When he returned that day at around 3:30 pm, he discovered that the front door had been forced open and someone had swiped $1,000 from the safe and cash register.
• Next, a thief invaded Nuevo Mexico on May 8. This time, the manager was last at the eatery on Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th streets at around 3:30 am. When she returned at 9 am, she discovered that $300 was missing from the register.
• A thief busted into AOC Bistro on May 9. The unlucky manager said that she had last been at the joint on Fifth Avenue at Garfield Place at around 3:45 am. When she returned five hours later, the front window had been smashed and the cash register, containing $300, was gone.
A thief swiped a 24-year-old skateboarder’s purse that she had stashed behind an air conditioner while she did some sick tricks in Washington Park, formerly J.J. Byrne Park, on May 5.
The ripped-off ripper told cops that she had hidden her bag inside the park on Fifth Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues at around 11 pm. When she returned to grab her gear an hour later, it was gone.
She lost an assortment of credit cards and IDs, her cell phone, an iPod and $200.
A burglar stole a laptop from a Sixth Avenue apartment on May 5.
The tenant told cops she had left her place between St. Marks and Flatbush avenues at around 8:10 am.
When she returned home about 12 hours later, her $3,000 Macbook was gone.
A thief stole a van from quiet Fiske Place on May 4.
The plumber who owned the 2001 Ford said he had last seen his ride between Garfield and Carroll streets at around 10:20 am. When he returned a mere 40 minutes later, it was gone.
— Stephen Brown