• Film

    August 6, 2014
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    July 9, 2014

    Bank Thieves Saw Through Roof Under Cover of July 4 Fireworks, Steal $290k

    The average take in a bank robbery is around $4,000, according to federal authorities. That's because most heists are the hurried. Note to the teller, cash into the pockets, out the door before the police arrive. The big money is in the safe and cracking a safe take a sophisticated and creative appr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Police Officers Can Testify on Victim's Description of Attacker, High Court Rules

    On Tuesday, New York's highest court ruled that police officers can testify about a victim's description of a perpetrator. The Court of Appeals decision addressed not just the purpose, but the potential unintended effects of allowing such evidence. On one side, the police account helps demonstrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Deputy Chief Michael Marino in Stop and Frisk Trial: 'Do Your Job or Suffer the Consequences'

    When then-NYPD Capt. Michael Marino arrived as a commander in the tough section of Brooklyn known as East New York, he was appalled at what the 400 officers in the command considered to be work. "They were doing five [summonses] a month, which was just not enough to address the problem," he testif ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2012

    For the First Time in 20 Years, New York's Crime Rate Is on the Rise

    While Bloomberg brags about his record, the city's crime rate is on the rise

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    What Should You Wear To Rob a Bank?

    Blame Sex and the City... Today brings us news of the "Burberry bandit," a man who reportedly robbed 14 Manhattan banks to fuel his high-fashion addiction, according to the New York Post. Cornell Neilly, 21, supposedly used the haul from the heists to buy "$400 sneakers and a Burberry shirt" whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Woody Barrington, NYPD Detective, Penalized For Downgrading Robberies to Lost Property

    The Police Department has taken 40 vacation days from a detective who was charged with downgrading robbery complaints and filing them as lost property in a Brooklyn precinct, the Voice has learned. Det. Woody Barrington, a 17-year veteran assigned to the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, lost the vacat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Food Carts in Queens Targeted by Armed Robber

    A string of nine armed robberies in Queens, mostly along Junction and Queens boulevards, has the New York City Police Department keeping a careful eye on food carts along major thoroughfares in the borough -- the target of eight of those stick-ups (the ninth victim was a livery cab driver). Most of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    "Catwoman" Burglar Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

    Shana Spalding, the woman behind the infamous "catwoman burglary" of 2010, will be heading to prison for the next decade. The 29-year-old, who moonlighted as the lead singer of a death metal band called Divine Infamy before her crime spree landed her in jail, raged at prosecutors and reporters after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Robbery Roundup: Perps on the Loose in Queens and East Village

    Cops want to find the two scumbags who roughed up two Queens residents in several recent robberies. On Jan. 12, one of the suspected perps (pictured here) followed a 58-year-old man into an elevator at 71-57 161st Street. Cops say he whacked the victim on the head and stole his money.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Fast Food Robber On the Loose in Brooklyn

    ​The police are seeking the public's assistance in finding a suspect in a string of commercial robberies around Bedford-Stuyvesant. The suspect held up a McDonald's, a Jamaican restaurant, a Golden Crust, a drug store, and a Burger King between August 3rd and 6th. In most of the robberies he would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011
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    March 11, 2011

    The Bank Robbery That Would Become 'Dog Day Afternoon'

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 31, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 35 Littlejohn & the mob: Saga of a heist By Arthur Bell Tuesday, August 22. Home about 10 p.m. A message from a friend on my cassette phone unit. "Just heard a couple of homosexuals are holding up a bank ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 23, 2011
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    February 8, 2011

    Here Is the Most Heartbreaking Convenience Store Robbery Ever

    Why is it that a kind and respectful robbery is so conflicting emotionally? Really, there's no one to hate in this situation except the situation itself. The suspect, being touted across the Internet as the most polite robber ever, was identified and arrested after the video went viral due to the su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Gun-Toting Robbers Attack in Parkchester

    Cops are looking for three thugs who robbed at gunpoint and assaulted a man who let them into a Bronx building at 1580 Metropolitan Avenue about about 7:30 Sunday evening, January 30. Video released by the NYPD indicates that the 34-year-old victim, by the way he so freely opened the front door of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Scruffy Bank Robber Sought in Crown Heights Stickup

    Bank robbery suspect​Cops are looking for a scruffy bank robber who held up the Apple Bank at 318 Albany Avenue, near Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, around noon Tuesday, February 1. The guy walked up to a teller at 12:14 p.m., displaying a silver handgun and handing over a note deman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Two Guys With a Shotgun Walk Into a Bronx Bodega . . .

    Bronx cops are looking for a couple of heavyset, ski-mask-wearing, blue-jeans-drooping, tan-work-boot-clad thugs who robbed a bodega at 1888 Walton Avenue on January 7. They came into the store at about 10:25 p.m., showed everybody a shotgun to prove how tough they were, and ordered employees and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Who Is This Scumbag Robber? He Stuck Up a Delivery Guy in the Bronx.

    Scumbag robber​Cops are looking for a jerk (right) who stuck up a delivery guy at 10:20 p.m. on December 29 in the South Bronx, in the NYPD's 42nd Precinct. The robber approached the 21-year-old Asian  guy who was delivering food to 631 East 168th Street, hit him on the head with a gun, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Christmas Eve Robbers Still Sought

    The NYPD asks the public for help in solving a Christmas Eve robbery at Today's Mobile, Fifth Avenue and 28th Street. At about 6 p.m. that day, three people described as black males entered the store. One tried to distract the store employee while the two others tried to grab merchandise. One of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Armed Robbers Terrorize Brooklyn Supermarkets — and a Chicken Joint

    Robbery crew doing their stupid thing in Brooklyn A three-man crew of armed robbers is still on the loose in and around Brownsville in Brooklyn after sticking up three supermarkets and a chicken joint last month. Call them armed, dangerous and hungry. And call the cops if you know anything. Her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Dear Hollywood: Leave Massachusetts Alone!

    ​2010 was the worst year in history for the state of Massachusetts--on film anway. If you live there, you obviously get pink slipped, become a bank robber, get unjustly convicted of something else, and emerge to become a boxer with a fucked-up family. I am not making this up! All in 2010, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    "UPS Robber" Sought by NYPD

    ​The NYPD is asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who has worn a UPS uniform to attempt two gunpoint robberies on the Upper West Side, both on Friday, October 29, at West 147th and West 143rd Streets. The suspect, clad in the trademark brown uniform, produced a gun from his UPS u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Baby Is Literal Accessory to Robbery; NYPD Seeks Suspects

    ​Remember the bouquet bandit? The Darth Vader bank robber? Well, the latest in "ruses to help you steal things" seems to be babies. But this goes against our considerable ethics here at Runnin' Scared. Babies are not accessories! You can't just tote them around on crime sprees like a great han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Ninja-Thieves Wielding Telephone Cord Rob Diamond District Store

    ​An armed duo of jewel thieves busted into Namat Inc. diamond store in Midtown yesterday afternoon wearing all black (like ninjas) including hats and sunglasses (less like ninjas), and made off like bandits with $29,000 in cash and $37,000 in jewels, according to the Daily News.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Police Seek Gun-Wielding Suspect in 10 Queens Robberies

    ​The NYPD is asking for the public's help locating a man wanted in connection with 10 robberies in Queens in the last month. The suspect, pictured, enters commercial locations, jumps behind the counters, pulls out a gun, demands cash, and flees on foot with his take. He's aged 25-30, 5'7"-6'0" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Tranny Clown Unsuccessful in Attempt to Rob Bank

    ​Okay, this is getting out of hand, people. Hot on the shitkickers of Long Island's Darth Vader robber, we have a man in Pittsburgh who robbed a bank wearing a blonde lady's wig and fake boobs. And, um, "clown pants." He used a toy BB gun he had shoplifted from a store to hold up the bank. Als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Quotas and Victim Intimidation? Of Course, Says Another NYPD Veteran

    ​Marquez Claxton spent 20 years as a police officer and a detective in the NYPD, most recently in Williamsburg's 90th Precinct. He retired as a detective second grade. He worked in narcotics as an undercover, in vice, in domestic violence, and was involved in the investigation of thousands of ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    RoundUp: Crime Doesn't Pay, Unless You're Just Reading About It

    ​Here's our Tuesday night crime roundup (complete with celebs, pimps, and Gambinos, for all of you who can't wait for your Us Weekly): Michael Douglas' son Cameron was sentenced to five years in prison for dealing meth and coke. Prior to the sentencing, Douglas composed a handwritten letter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    Robert Krieg Identified as Suspect in Manhattan Bank Robbery

    ​The Police would like to speak to Robert Krieg, 42, in connection with the robbery of the Capital One Bank branch at 1001 6 Avenue. According to police in the Midtown South Precinct, a man, who they're identifying as Krieg, entered the bank early Thursday afternoon and demanded money from a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Have You Seen... Queens Mostly-Masked Robbers

    This crew had a December armed robbery spree in Queens, hitting a mini-mart in Ozone Park on the 9th, a car care center in Bellerose on the 10th, a 7-11 in Kew Garden Hills on the 19th, an a grocery in Forest Hills on the 21st. In this last instance, one of the robbers forgot to pull his mask dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Have You Seen... Nicely-Dressed Bank Robber

    ​Two guys hit three banks on Monday, making them our first bank robbers of the year; this guy, black and in his 50s, and his accomplice are so far as we know the last ones of 2009. On December 28, they robbed the Capital One at East 34th Street. His accomplice, black and in his 30s, was in a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    2009 Darwin Awards: Crime Down? Criminal Stupidity is Up.

    Crime is reportedly down, so does that mean there are fewer criminals? Maybe criminals are just getting more stupid. Two co-winners of the just-announced 2009 Darwin Awards — "Honoring those who improve the species . . . by accidentally removing themselves from it!" — are evidence. U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Somebody Got Murdered: Looks Like Crime Rate Will Drop Again This Year; Murders, Too

    ​With the year coming to a close, the citywide crime rate as of Dec. 13 looks like it will drop by about 10 percent, with overall drops in every major crime except assault which rose by 2 percent. With 440 murders so far this year, there likely will be fewer than 500 homicides for the year. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Burglary Suspect Linked to 22 Break-Ins Arrested

    Julia told you this weekend about an enterprising thief who'd been tied to a series of Manhattan robberies -- 22 in all, targets ranging from a Ranch One on West 46th to a yoga studio at East 86th to a Columbus Avenue barber shop. The perp was said to use a bicycle to get to and from his jobs, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Have You Seen... Bank Robbers in Harlem, Staten Island

    ​ We've been having a bunch of bank robberies around these parts. Can you help out? On November 4, the woman at left hit the Banco Popular Banco Popular located at Broadway and 145th Street. She's said to be white, about 40, 5'2" and pock-marked, and to have a distinctive tattoo on her left a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Have You Seen... Subway Hold-Up Men

    ​ The guy who spent January through August robbing subway passengers -- he's still at large, by the way -- at least got up and went places to mug people. Now we have some cowboys who just wait at the station and pick riders off as they depart, the lazy bums. The first four guys above flocked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Have You Seen... Keffiyehed Bank Robber

    Friday afternoon a little before four o'clock, this young woman robbed a Chase bank at 125th Street. Along with the keffiyeh and sunglasses, she is reported to have been wearing a blond wig "with a dark streak," so it probably won't help much to tell you that she is between 5'5" 5'6", and about 115 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Did The Jury Foreman Know the Accused Armed Robber? Charlie Hynes' Office Is On the Case

    ​Here's another reason why we love the Brooklyn criminal court system: a guy's on trial last month for felony armed robbery. One day, a paralegal for the Brooklyn District Attorney's office wanders into the courtroom to drop off some papers. The robbery defendant, Corey Hinds, she notes, look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    New Photo of Serial Subway Robbery Suspect Circulated

    ​Remember the guy who pulled 14 robberies on the subway this year? The main suspect's name is Rasheem Williams and he's still out there. NYPD offered first a surveillance photo, then one apparently taken in his youth. Williams is 39 now and police are sending this picture around. If you see hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Have You Seen... Staten Island Livery Cab Robbers

    ​ Livery cab drivers are having a hard time lately. Three of them have been shot dead in two weeks, and the recently-apprehended subject in the robbery-murder of driver Amadou Ndiaye was caught trying to rob someone else. Now police are looking for a crew that robbed a livery driver on August ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Clip Job: Nora Ephron on Murph the Surf!

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJanuary 7, 1964, Vol. X, No. 12Murph the Surf: The Case of a Failed Folk HeroBy Nora EphronFrom the moment it was announced that someone with the improbable nickname of Murph the Surf had been arrested and charged with the $410,000 Museum of N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Have You Seen... Train Robber

    ​This guy is suspected of no less than 14 robberies on the subway. His MO is to show a knife, or gesture as if he has a gun, then confiscate valuables and demand PIN numbers for the cards. So far he works mostly uptown and in The Bronx. He pulled his first job on January 5 on the southbound ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008
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    August 30, 2007
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    January 17, 2006

    Rape Stats and Silence

    If one uses the NYPD's public crime statistics as a guide, it seems the best way to avoid getting raped in New York City is to move to the south shore of Staten Island and avoid Midtown South like the plague. But that's like saying the night sky is only moon and stars; in fact, it's mostly darkness. ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2005
  • News

    September 7, 1999

    My Uncle Vinny

    When Vincent Curto was gunned down by police during a robbery nearly four years ago, no one wanted to hear his nephew's accusation that he was brutally assaulted as he lay dying. Until now.

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