Stealing from Non-Profits Is the Hottest New Trend

Looks like the hip thing to do is to make non-profits even less profitable.

For the third time in a week, a New Yorker has been accused of illegally pocketing megabucks from a non-profit.

The Manhattan District Attorney says that Jeffrey Bernstein swindled more than $2,500,000 from the Albert Ellis Institute, a psychotherapy charity, between January 2010 and February 2011.

Bernstein, 62, worked as director of administration at the org, which offered affordable therapy to the public.

The D.A. indicted Bernstein today, claiming that he conned the group out of money by sending some 80 unauthorized wire transfers to his own business accounts.

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Chain-Stealing Gang Shoots Up Bronx Street

Three thugs shot at a Bronx resident Sunday, demanding the victim's chain, cops say.

Around 3:30 a.m., the suspected perps pointed a gun at the victim in front of 819 East 173rd Street.

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Man with Scarface Jacket Suspected in Robbery

Cops are on the lookout for a man wearing a Scarface jacket (no, really), and say that he and another man recently robbed a Bronx newsstand at gunpoint.

Around 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 6, the two suspected perps entered the shop at 1936 Crotona Avenue, and pulled out black handguns. The suspects, pictured here, took cash from the register and scratch-off lotto tickets, law enforcement officials say. They fled on foot.

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Armed Bronx Jacket Thief on the Loose

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A man was robbed at gunpoint for his orange Marmot jacket in the Bronx recently, cops say.

The sartorially minded scumbag (pictured here) approached a man on the corner of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard on Dec. 14, pulled out a gun, took the victim's coat and nothing else, and then fled the scene, cops report in a just-released statement.

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NYPD Passing out "Gear Guards," Marking Phones with Invisible Ink for Straphangers

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In response to increased crime on trains, NYPD officers have been passing out "gear guards" at various subway stations this week to make sure passengers' backpacks and purses are safe from pick pocketing thieves.

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Cell Phone Thefts Increasingly Common In NYC

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Asking for it.
So far this year, over 40 percent of thefts in New York have involved cell phones. According to Sen. Chuck Schumer, it's because of all the fancy smartphones out there. "The use of iPhones and smart phones is exploding, but unfortunately so are thefts of these expensive devices," Schumer said yesterday. If the thefts continue apace, there will be over 11,000 phones stolen in New York City this year.

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Ice-Pick Bandit Was Just "Stressing" Over Christmas Gifts

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John Martinez, the accused "ice pick bandit" who was picked up in New Jersey after allegedly cornering and robbing at least six women in elevators in the Bronx's Co-op City and Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town, was indicted yesterday.

Today, the New York Post says Martinez (who prosecutors have called "a persistent violent felon") told the arresting officers he was "sick," while a cousin tells the Daily News he was just mugging people because he was stressed about buying Christmas gifts. Because nothing says "holiday cheer" like being threatened with an ice pick for your wallet. [SH]

Bronx Church Burglar Suspect Nabbed by Cops

Police say they have arrested and charged a Bronx man on two burglary counts, and are investigating him as a suspect for a string of eight other similar burglaries at churches and parochial schools in the Bronx's 50th and 52nd precincts.

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"Ice-Pick Bandit" Suspect Nabbed by Jersey Cops

The New York Post says police in Bergen County, New Jersey, have arrested a man whom the NYPD are calling a "person of interest" in the "Ice-Pick Bandit" case. (The so-called "bandit" has held up at least six women in elevators -- using what looks like an ice pick -- in Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town and The Bronx's Co-op City). 1010Wins identified the man as 39-year-old John Martinez, supposedly an ex-con wanted in a separate case. The NYPD is reportedly working to bring Martinez to New York City for a lineup. [SH]

How Not to Get Snookered by a Geriatric Pickpocket

New York City pickpockets might be an endangered species, but straphangers shouldn't rest easy -- the Daily News, apparently still nostalgic for the days when getting robbed on the subway was a common (yet whimsical) occurrence, has a profile today on Sherman "O.T." Powell, a 63-year-old "retired" thief who spills some pickpocket tips and says riders and tourists should be particularly alert during the holiday season. Thievery! Festive!

So what should New Yorkers and tourists watch out for, exactly? Your guide, after the jump.

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