As reported yesterday, police are stepping up their efforts here to thwart a rash of crimes by pre-teens and teens in and around Tompkins Square Park.... Last night around 8:45, Bob Arihood passed along word (and these photos) that police made a show of force in arresting a young man who allegedly stole a cell phone.
According to witnesses, the alleged thief in police custody appeared to to be young and crying. A witness recounted that the youth said something like "but I gave the cell phone back." In addition, witnesses noted that the youth was seen being chased by two other males into the Park from St. Marks Place and that the police were down on all this in numbers right away.
Previously on EV Grieve:
NYPD establishes mobile command center on Avenue A