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POLICE BLOTTER

Driving dangers

Road rage drivers don’t just sit behind the wheel.

Sometimes they sit atop two wheels.

A 46-year-old showed that bicyclists can be as violent as their eight-cylinder cohorts last week following a road rage incident on the Flatbush Avenue Extension near DeKalb Avenue.

According to police and published reports, Clyde Lawton was riding his bike through downtown Brooklyn at about 10:30 p.m. on September 7 when he allegedly cut off a car at the corner.

The motorist stopped short and started cursing at Lawton, which sparked an argument at the next light.

That’s when prosecutors alleged Lawton slapped the motorist in the face, identified himself as a cop – which he wasn’t – and threatened to shoot his victim.

Real neighborhood police officers were called to the corner, where they placed Lawton under arrest for attempted assault, menacing and criminal impersonation, officials said.

Jacuzzi jack

A 23-year-old woman was arrested last week after she and a friend took a dip in a Livingston Street resident’s outdoor Jacuzzi, police alleged.

Police allege that Ashley Lostritto and an unidentified accomplice scaled an enclosed fence blocking off the condo owner’s private hideaway on the Livingston Street building’s rooftop terrace at about 12:30 a.m. on September 5.

The two then entered the victim’s private cabana – which was locked – before relaxing in the Jacuzzi, police alleged. The two ripped its cover in their excitement to delve in the bubbles, prosecutors were told.

Using video surveillance footage, which caught the whole break-in, cops were able to identify Lostritto as one of the alleged Jacuzzi jackers.

She was charged with criminal mischief, petit larceny and criminal trespass.

Train attack

A borough straphanger was punched in the face by a knife-wielding fiend during a skirmish at the Pacific Street train station recently, officials said.

Police allege that 40-year-old Larry Holmes – not the famous boxer – was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing in connection with the 4:40 p.m. attack on September 12.

Witnesses alleged that Holmes was inside the Pacific Street train station when he punched a man that he was arguing with in the face.

The victim suffered a swollen lip, but was otherwise uninjured, officials said.

Security concerns

A Brooklyn couple was credited for mastering the art of shoplifting – and then arrested – after they were caught pinching clothes from the Macy’s at the Fulton Mall recently, officials alleged.

Police said that Jorge Cervantes, 24, and Katherin Molina, 23, were found inside the department store, located at 420 Fulton Street, at 2:50 p.m. on September 15.

Store security specialists allegedly observed Cervantes use a small device they brought with them to remove the hard plastic security tags on an assortment of clothes, which Molina then put into her handbag.

When the two were ultimately apprehended, Molina allegedly had a pair of jeans, a sweater and a pair of shorts in her handbag.

She also had the tag removing tool, which the store confiscated, police alleged.

Responding officers charged the two with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of an anti-security item.

Rugby rudeness

A man walking past a Court Street bar learned just how dangerous rugby can be when he was hit by a metal bucket thrown by a brawling crew of rugby players.

The victim told police that he was passing P.J. Hanley’s on Court Street near Fourth Place just after midnight on September 14 when a metal cigarette bucket that usually stood outside the neighborhood watering hole was suddenly flying toward him.

The bucket hit the victim, but no serious injuries were reported, officials said.

Responding officers were told that the bucket was allegedly thrown by 30-year-old James Calemine, who was fighting with a group of rugby players outside the bar when he allegedly decided to show off his hurling skills.

Cops charged Calemine with assault, menacing and harassment.

Botched bakery rob

A gun-toting thief burst into a neighborhood bakery on Court Street near Sackett Street last week, but left the eatery deflated when a worker wouldn’t open the safe for him.

Police said that the thief, described as a 30-year-old black male in a black hooded jacket and blue jeans, entered the bakery as an employee opened for business at 5 a.m. on September 7.

The thief reportedly pulled a chrome-colored firearm and demanded that the worker open the safe.

He repeated the demand, but the worker wouldn’t budge, officials said.

After a few tense moments, the thief fled the store empty handed.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, a $500 reward is being offered to people with information regarding graffiti vandals in their neighborhoods.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Ups and downs

If recent NYPD crime statistics hold true, criminals in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are about to undergo a “robbery recession.”

Officials said that between September 8 and September 14, the number or robberies in the 88th Precinct dropped by 62 percent, from eight in 2007 to three this year.

Yet, at the same time, it’s a boom time for burglars, who hit four more homes last week than the three that were hit that week a year earlier.

Overall felony crime was down for the week by nearly 45 percent.

Statistics show that during the 37th week of 2007, 29 crimes were being investigated. Last week, only 16 crimes had been logged with the Classon Avenue stationhouse.

Statistics show that felony crime was up for the past month by about four percent. That four percent, however, only reflects three additional crimes, officials said.

So far this year, crime in the 88th Precinct was down by nearly four percent, with 29 fewer crimes occurring in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, officials noted.

School daze

A 17-year-old area resident was arrested last week for allegedly robbing a Brooklyn Tech High School student, officials said.

Kevin Rajkumar allegedly approached his victim at the school, located at 29 Fort Greene Place, on September 3 – the second day of school – and demanded that he fork over everything he had.

Rajkumar and two other unapprehended men robbed the victim of his Apple iPod and some cash, officials said. No injuries were reported.

Following a brief investigation, cops took Rajkumar into custody on September 10, charging him with robbery, grand larceny, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and menacing.

Mosque menace

Cops were called to a Fulton Street mosque last week after someone brought a quick end to a religious service by threatening another congregant with a knife.

Area Muslims were worshipping inside the mosque at St. James Place at 7:35 p.m. on September 15 when 63-year-old Abrahim Aessa allegedly pulled a long knife, police said.

He then turned to another worshipper, claiming that he was going to “cut his heart out and eat his liver,” according to a complaint filed at the Kings County District Attorney’s office.

Cops took Aessa into custody without incident, charging him with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, harassment and the disruption or disturbance of a religious service.

Help find her

Cops are turning to the community for help in their search for an area woman who has been missing since September 12.

Officials said that Clarencetine “Tina” Brooks was last seen at her Madison Street home 6:30 p.m. that Friday.

Worried friends and family members described Brooks as a 5’1”, 175-pound 37-year-old black woman.

It was unclear what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information about her current whereabouts are urged to contact the NYPD at (800) 577-TIPS.

One may also text the information to 274637 (Crimes) and enter TIP577, officials said.

All calls will be kept confidential.

Security concerns

A Brooklyn couple was credited with mastering the art of shoplifting – and then arrested – after they were caught pinching clothes from the Macy’s at the Fulton Mall recently, officials alleged.

Police alleged that Jorge Cervantes, 24, and Katherin Molina, 23, were found inside the department store, located at 420 Fulton Street, at 2:50 p.m. on September 15.

Store security specialists allegedly observed Cervantes use a small device they brought with them to remove the hard plastic security tags on an assortment of clothes, which Molina then put into her handbag.

When the two were ultimately apprehended, Molina had a pair of jeans, a sweater and a pair of shorts in her handbag, police alleged.

She also had the tag removing tool, which the store confiscated, police alleged.

Responding officers charged the two with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of an anti-security item.

Shooting rocks corner

Police are still trying to track down the people responsible for a disturbing shooting at the corner of Grand and Putnam avenues recently.

Police said that the victim had just gotten into a livery cab at the corner at 7:30 p.m. on August 21 when someone opened fire.

The bullets flew through the cab’s open window and struck the victim in both the arm and the leg.

He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 88th Precinct at (718) 636-6511. All calls will be kept confidential.

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, a $500 reward is being offered to anyone with information about graffiti vandals in their neighborhoods.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

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