The Greenpoint restaurant Anella is a charming little oasis tucked away toward the northern end of Franklin Street, the sort of place where the bar is made out of reclaimed piano wood from an old Steinway factory, and the fresh-baked bread emerges from the open kitchen in a little clay flower pot. So darling, but one must never forget it's still located in New York City, a vortex of vice where only rubes from the provinces leave their valuables unattended.
According to the NYPD, the suspect seen here preyed on one Anella patron's misplaced faith in his fellow diners. It was around 10 p.m. on New Year's Day when the victim put his coat on an empty seat in the restaurant and left it unattended for several minutes. He returned to find it gone, which really sucked because his wallet containing credit cards and other personal items were stashed inside. Happy Fucking New Year.
The next day the suspect used one of the stolen cards at the C Town on Manhattan Avenue. Yes C Town—not the fancier grocery "The Garden" just a few blocks away. Totally worth committing Grand Larceny for discount groceries.
Police say the suspect is in his late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5'8" to 5'10", with black hair and a black mustache.
"He was just like a regular well-dressed man, he looked... hip," Anella's manager tells DNAinfo. "He didn’t look skeevy or weird or awkward, he looked like a regular Greenpoint kind of person." And if we've learned anything from watching GIRLS, we know Greenpoint people are never weird or awkward or skeevy. Never at all.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.