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A crew of cell phone thieves was apprehended after they allegedly snagged an iPhone from a woman on the F train, area cops said.
Robert Gajales, 17, and Kharon Davis and Damen Suber, both 16, were charged with grand larceny for the phone snatch on August 18, cops from the 76th Precinct said.
The victim told police that her iPhone was in her hands as she sat in the back of a Coney Island-bound F train rolling into the Bergen Street station near Smith Street.
Once the door opened, the three teens grabbed the phone and fled the train station to the street above, police alleged.
The suspects were found and taken into custody without incident a short time later, officials said.
Police Officer John Keigans of the 76th Precinct’s conditions team was credited with the arrest.
Two eagle-eyed moms had their bags swiped out from underneath their noses as they kept a vigilant watch over their children recently, police said.
A 29-year-old woman told police that she was in Van Voorhees Park at Hicks and Congress streets at 4 p.m. on August 4 when she left her purse on a bench so she could chase after her child.
By the time she grabbed her child and turned back, her bag, as well as her Georgia driver’s license, cell phone and credit cards was missing.
A few days later, on August 8, the same thing happened to a 41-year-old woman on Carroll Street.
The woman said that she left her purse on a stoop between Bond and Hoyt Street to attend to her child.
She didn’t notice someone walking off the bag, which contained a Blackberry, wallet, some credit cards and a personal check, cops were told.
Earring swiper busted
Police have arrested a 23-year-old bruiser for a mugging the man reportedly committed back in March.
Detectives from the 76th Precinct picked up the Bay Ridge resident on August 17, charging him for roughing up and robbing a female acquaintance during an altercation in her Columbia Street apartment on March 13.
The two were reportedly arguing when the young man grabbed the 43-year-old woman by the shoulders, police alleged.
When the woman tried to get away, he allegedly attacked her, scratching her neck.
He then robbed her of some cash and the diamond earrings dangling off her lobes before running off, police alleged.
Cops charged the man, who was not named because of his relationship with the victim, with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and harassment.
A 54-year-old man was arrested on burglary charges after he allegedly pilfered through a delivery truck on Union Street.
The driver told police that he was dropping off an order to a store on Henry Street on the morning of August 17 when he noticed Anthony Birli allegedly hanging out around his truck.
He dropped off the order and returned, only to find that someone had forced the door and removed his cash, cell phone, wallet and credit cards.
Witnesses told responding officers that the thief was Birli, who was found ditching his victim’s wallet into a mail box a short distance away, police alleged.
The victim’s cell phone was allegedly found in Birli’s waistband when he was taken into custody, officials said.
A 36-year-old was apprehended after he allegedly broke into a 1999 Audi parked on Rapelye Street near Hicks Street, officials said.
Police allege that Carlos Citron shattered the window to the car sometime between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on August 17 and make off with a black bag and iPod he found inside.
Cops caught up with Citron a short time later, charging him with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and petit larceny.
A thief hunted prey in and around the Red Hook pool on Bay Street recently, cops were told.
Someone reportedly broke into a locker at the pool sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. on August 6, taking a swimmer’s cell phone and credit cards.
At roughly the same time someone broke into a car parked on Ferris and Coffey streets. Over $2,000 in electronic equipment was taken, said the car’s 27-year-old owner, who was reportedly at the Red Hook pool when the theft took place.
Thieves broke into a 2002 Toyota parked near the corner of Carroll and Hicks streets last week, taking a $1,000 watch and other pricey items, cops were told.
A $800 chain, some Samsonite luggage and a black shoulder bag were also removed from the car during the theft, which police estimate took place between 8 p.m. on August 13 and 6:50 a.m. the following morning.
The 37-year-old motorist told police that when he showed up at his car that Friday morning, he noticed that lock to his driver’s side door had been broken.
Whoever broke the lock also popped the trunk, where the jewelry and other items were found, officials said.
Gun and run
Police are looking for a pair of armed thugs who pulled a gun on two men walking by the corner of Sackett and Bond Streets.
The victims said that they were nearing the corner at 2:40 a.m. on August 11 when the thugs grabbed them from behind, flashed their pistols and ordered them to fork over their property.
“Don’t move or I will shoot you,” one of the thieves threatened as the duo made off with over $100 and their victims’ cell phones.
The thieves were last seen fleeing the area in a dark-colored car.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 76th Precinct at (718) 834-3207.
A pistol-packing pest is being sought for making “not taking no for an answer” a lucrative enterprise.
A 23-year-old Court Street resident told police that he was coming home at 10 p.m. on August 2 when he found a stranger sitting on his stoop between Baltic and Kane Streets.
The suspect asked the victim for some money, but the young man declined.
But instead of going up to his apartment, the victim walked into a nearby Mexican restaurant.
The thief reportedly followed, and made a second demand, this time while showing him the grip of his handgun.
Convinced to help the stranger, the victim pulled $300 from an ATM in the restaurant and gave it over, cops were told.
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