Police Blotter, Week of May 31, 2012

Truck kills young actress
Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver of a truck that struck and killed a woman, 21, around 1:26 a.m., Thurs., May 24, while she was walking east across 14th St. at Broadway across from Union Square Park. The truck was traveling east on 14th St. and making a right turn onto Broadway when it struck Roxanna Sorina-Buta, 21, of Lindenwood, Queens, and continued south on Broadway. The victim, a Hunter College student and an actress who appeared in a Village production in January of this year, was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

Cab hits cyclist
A cab struck a bicycle rider who was crossing 17th St. near Park Ave. South at the northeast corner of Union Square Park around 9:50 a.m. Sat., May 26. The rider sustained head injuries and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition. The driver remained at the scene and the incident is under investigation.

Cornelia St. burglary
A burglar broke into the basement of 7 Cornelia St. — which is shared by two restaurants and upstairs residents — sometime after 1 a.m. Sun., May 20, and made off with a laptop computer, police said.

Thompson St. burglary
The resident of an apartment at 170 Thompson St. told police she arrived home at 8 a.m. Sun., May 21, to discover her bedroom window open and a jacket and a laptop computer had been stolen. The victim said her front door was locked, but police said a surveillance tape showed a stranger entering by the door.

Leroy St. break-in
A resident of 51 Leroy St. left home at 11 a.m. Mon., May 7, and returned at 9 p.m. to discover that a laptop computer had been stolen.

Another laptop gone
The resident of a sixth-floor apartment at 51 E. 12th St. left the place at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 17, and returned at 9 a.m. the next day to discover the apartment had been burglarized and that two laptop computers with a total value of $5,000 had been stolen.

Yup, another laptop…
A resident of a fifth-floor apartment at 14 Horatio St. near Jackson Square told police she left the place at 6 p.m. on Tues., May 5, and arrived 12 hours later to discover that a laptop computer valued at $1,500 was gone. She told police that several people had keys to the apartment.

Safe cracked
The resident of an apartment at 95 Horatio St. near West St. discovered on Thursday morning May 17 that a safe in a closet had been opened without force and $7,000 in cash, plus six watches and other jewelry with a total value of $147,000, had been stolen.

Middle-aged muggers
A visitor from San Francisco told police he was walking on the northeast corner of Sixth Ave. and West Broadway in Tribeca around 3 p.m. Tues., May 22, when two strangers grabbed him. One of them pushed him against against a building and took his watch while the other was the lookout. Police soon arrested Anthony Bullard, 42, but the accomplice, identified as Samuel McDaniel, 44, escaped.

Knife-’n’-shovel combo
An assault victim told police that he got into an argument on Tuesday evening May 22 with a man and a woman who stopped him later at 10:10 p.m. in front of 165 Christopher St. between Washington and West Sts. He said the woman pulled a knife and cut his left hand and the man hit him on the shoulder with a shovel. Police arrested Shawn Sewell, 24, and Squire Foster, 41, and charged them with assault.

Assault and mischief
Police arrested Stephen Hartie, 27, around 1:15 a.m. Sat., May 26, and charged him with hitting an employee of a store at 233 Bleecker St. near Sixth Ave. in the head during an argument and then proceeding to trash the place.

Busted for baton
Police stopped the driver of a 1999 Acura with New Jersey license plates in front of 360 Sixth Ave. near Washington Place at 1:40 a.m. for defective brake lights. They charged Harold Poueriet, 26, for weapons possession when they found an expandable baton in the car. The suspect also had two outstanding scofflaw violations and was driving with a suspended New York State driver’s license.

Thieving women
Two women attacked a victim, 31, outside of the Starbucks at 482 West Broadway at Houston St. around 11:40 p.m. Fri., May 18, hitting her in the face and making off with her cell phone, police said.

A woman walked into a department store at 575 Broadway near Prince St. around 2 p.m. Fri., May 25, grabbed four blouses and a pair of men’s shorts and attempted to walk out without paying, police said. A security guard challenged her, but she slapped his face, dropped the merchandise and her handbag and fled.

A man and a woman who entered the Burberry shop at 131 Spring St. around 5:30 p.m. Sun., May 20, made off with a handbag valued at $1,295, police said. A surveillance tape showed the woman moving the bag from one end of a display table to the other and the man putting it in her handbag.

Bag gone in a flash
A woman patron of Le Pain Quotidien, 100 Grand St. at Mercer St., hung her handbag on the back of her chair around 4:30 p.m. Thurs., May 3, and discovered it was gone a few minutes later. She reported the theft on Thurs., May 24, after she learned that an unauthorized credit card charge of $2,449.69 had been made at the Helmut Lang boutique at 93 Grand St.

Albert Amateau

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