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BY MARIA ROCHA-BUSCEL

Dice game leads to drug arrest

Police arrested a 35-year-old homeless man for criminal possession of a controlled substance after stopping him for loitering and playing dice at the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and West 24th Street on Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 p.m. Police said that the suspect was loitering for the purposes of gambling and was rolling dice against a public building to exchange cash with others. Police said that the suspect fled on foot when officers approached and when he was caught, he allegedly resisted arrest. When he was searched, police found that he was in possession of cocaine with the intent to sell it and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also recovered four dice.

Man steals piles of pistachios

A CVS employee reported that a shoplifter got away with more than 30 bags of pistachios from the store at 272 Eighth Avenue on Friday, May 18 at 3:15 p.m. Police said that an employee saw the suspect remove 31 pistachio packages of varying sizes and exit the store without paying. The employee told police that the total value of all the merchandise was $310.

Man arrested for punching taxi window

Police arrested a 42-year-old man for punching a taxi driver’s window after an argument on West 27th Street on in the early morning of May 18. The driver told police that he and the suspect got into an argument after the suspect cut off his vehicle. The suspect then fled while the victim followed him with his taxi, flagging down an officer at the corner of West 27th Street and Seventh Avenue, who arrested the driver. Police said that the suspect sustained an injury to his right arm and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was charged with criminal mischief.

Counterfeit cash leads to arrest

Police arrested an 18-year-old college student for criminal possession of a forged instrument in front of an FIT building at 227 West 27th Street on Friday, May 18 at 8:10 a.m. The victim told police that he picked the suspect up and brought her to the West 27th Street building for a $35 fare and when she went to pay the driver, she reportedly produced two $20 bills with matching serial numbers. Police said that the teen had an additional third bill. The suspect reportedly told the officers she didn’t know where she got the forged bills.

Woman harassed at Penn South

A 33-year-old woman reported that she was harassed inside the playground at Penn South at the southwest corner of Eighth Avenue and West 26th Street on Tuesday, May 1 at 2:55 p.m. The victim told police that an unknown man approached her and told her to leave the park, then began to push her on the shoulder to get her to leave. She said that he appeared to be intoxicated. No injuries were reported. Police said that the victim reported the incident on Thursday, May 17.





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