Police Beat

Cops suspect key copycat in burglary


It’s a mystery who might have copied the key and took the cash, but a North Riverdale man reportedly is short $10,000 because of it.

The 34-year-old told cops he returned to his Van Cortlandt Park-adjacent home on the 6600 block of Broadway a little after midnight Sept. 16 to find the wad missing from where he’d stashed it.

Nothing suggested a break-in, police said, although the man found both his front door and window unlocked.

He suspects someone might’ve made a copy of the key to his apartment.


Pets put out of misery

A North Riverdale pet owner allegedly was less than loving to a coterie of furry friends she kept cooped up in wretched conditions in digs just south of the city line.

The 60-year-old woman reportedly kept multiple dogs and other animals, some of them malnourished and dehydrated, police said, in her home on the 6000 block of Riverdale Avenue.

Police were called to the reported den of animal cruelty around 5 p.m., on Sept. 22, where they found a pair of huskies on a second-floor roof landing, according to a report. Both dogs appeared malnourished and dehydrated, were lapping up water straight from the gutter, and were living in what police described as “deplorable conditions.”

The huskies’ owner was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.


Voguish bags yanked from Audi

Nothing wrong with splurging on a little shopping spree once in a while, but 50th Precinct officers urge shoppers to secure their property, not leave it in their car tempting thieves.

A 19-year-old told police she parked her gray 2013 Audi Q7 on the southwest corner of West 197th Street and Reservoir Avenue around 7 p.m., on Sept. 10, returning the next day around lunchtime to find the rear passenger-side window smashed and several items missing valued at around $1,065.