Saturday, October 2, 2010

Firefighter subdues cellphone thief on Second Street

I've heard reports of a rash of cellphone thefts of late around the neighborhood... (including Slum Goddess.)

The Post has this story today:

A firefighter leaped into crime-fighter mode in the East Village last night -- helping a damsel in distress whose cellphone was snatched by a sticky-fingered thief, authorities said.

Vinny Brennan, 34, who also is a Marine Corps reservist, heard a cry for help near his Ladder 11 firehouse on East 2nd Street around 7:30 p.m.

"I saw a man running towards us on the sidewalk and my Marine intuition kicked in and I decided this one has got to be stopped," he said.

Brennan, who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, tackled the suspect and his fellow firefighters helped hold him until cops arrived.

Steven Varkony, 32, of The Bronx, was booked for robbery, cops said.

Despite hearing about so many cellphone thefts, NO ONE has tried to take mine...


Anonymous said...

Woo Woo!! Mine is a relic. Don't mess with us down here. A Marine is always a Marine--and they are tough.

C Merry said...

I wonder if ecycling machines are the cause, they don't seem to need to verify you are the owner before paying you and I am sure there are ways to have a fake acct set up to get the money and then withdraw it.

Anonymous said...

considering there are only 2 or 3 of these "eco atm" machines operating and all of them are in Omaha, I doubt there is any correlation.