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Somewhere there’s a sad song in this: a 39-year-old man was robbed of his drum machine at gunpoint during an altercation with a maniacal music lover.
The victim said he was walking down Fulton Street near Adams Street at 5:30 p.m. August 18 when a 46-year-old stranger stopped him in his tracks.
“What are you doing? Give me that!” the man demanded, referring to the $350 drum machine the victim was carrying.
When the victim told him to get lost, the thief pulled a gun and swiped the machine from his grasp, said police, who were still beating the streets for the gunman.
God works in mysterious ways.
A break-in at Congregation B’nai Avraham %u2013 which has already seen a fair share of thefts of late %u2013 was thwarted last week by a crew of cleaners ordered to brighten the beloved neighborhood house of worship.
Officials told police that the thief, who remained unidentified as this paper went to press, pulled on the door to the synagogue at 117 Remsen Street at 3:30 a.m. on August 20 until he could snake his hand inside.
He managed to press the door release and go in, only to be confronted by the cleaning crew.
As if he was struck by a revelation, the thief ran off into the night taking nothing, cops were told.
It was unclear if this incident is connected to any of the previous thefts that have taken place at the synagogue this year. It’s believed that the thefts were caused by a congregant.
Anyone with information regarding the break-in is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 84th Precinct at (718) 875-6811. All calls will be kept confidential.
Cabbie turns crook
They say that idle hands are the devil’s workshop.
Idling cabbies? Same thing.
A 39-year-old man told police last week that he was robbed by his cabbie when he took too long at his DUMBO office.
The victim said that he was on his way to film a wedding on the afternoon of August 22 when he realized that he had left his microphone at the office located near the corner of Pearl and Water streets.
He hailed a cab and went over to the office, asking the cabbie to wait downstairs as he went up to grab what he was missing.
His search must have taken way too long because before he knew it, the outraged cabbie barreled into his office, claiming that he was late for prayers at his mosque.
“I’m not your personal chauffeur,” he said as he chest-bumped the victim, swiped a $300 pair of Armani eyeglasses off the man’s head and ran out.
He then sped off into the night, leaving the victim without a ride, without his glasses, and running late to the wedding, cops were told.
Two heavy-handed thieves are being sought for robbing an area man of his messenger bag as he screamed for police assistance.
The victim was on Hoyt Street near Schermerhorn Street at 9:10 p.m. on August 19 when the two thugs grabbed him from behind.
One of the men hit the victim in the back of the head and tried to make off with his bag, but the victim resisted.
That’s when the second man jumped in and helped drag the victim out into the street as the struggle for the bag continued.
The victim said that he was yelling for police when the thieves finally wrested the bag, which contained a computer battery and a pack of washers, from his grasp and ran off with it, officials said.
A 20-year-old man was arrested last week after he tried to rob a 33-year-old man inside a DUMBO apartment building, police alleged.
Officials alleged that Ahmed Dickenson followed his victim into the building on Plymouth Street near Pearl Street at 5:10 p.m. on August 17.
He crept up and grabbed the man’s shoulder as he walked down a second-floor hallway, officials police.
When the victim turned, Dickenson allegedly lifted his t-shirt, showing the butt of a pistol sticking out of his waistband.
“Give it all to me,” he said, demanding that the victim fork over his property.
The victim did what he was told and Dickenson fled the building with $10 and a Blackberry cell phone, police alleged.
Cops caught up with him a short time later, charging him with robbery.
Time for trouble
A 33-year-old was beaten and robbed during a hold-up on Nevins and Bergen streets last week.
The victim said that he was on his way to his girlfriend’s house at 11:10 a.m. on August 13 when two black males called out to him.
“Yo big man! You got the time,” one of them asked, stopping him in his tracks.
That’s when the second man slammed his fist into victim’s head, knocking him to the ground.
The duo punched and kicked the victim as they removed $60 from his pockets, said police, who were still looking for the thieves at press time.
Wall cutting caper
A crew of thieves did an awful lot of work to get their hands on a computer.
Workers at a Court Street office near Joralemon Street told police that someone cut through a sheetrock wall to circumvent the locked door sometime between noon and 2 p.m. on August 18.
After putting in so much effort, the thieves didn’t get much: just an Apple iMac, a black suitcase and keyboard, officials said.
Three threatening thugs are being sought for robbing a 24-year-old skateboarder as he rolled down Montague Street.
The victim told police that he was skating to the tunes in his Apple Nano as he neared Furman Street at 9:40 p.m. on August 15 when the suspects stopped him and demanded he fork the iPod over.
Without going into excruciating detail, the three claimed that they were going to hurt the music-loving skateboarder if he didn’t hand over his property.
The frightened victim handed the iPod over to the thieves, who ran off on foot.
Police were investigating two bicycle thefts in the area last week.
Cops were told that an $800 BMX bike was swiped from a Plymouth Street resident’s home as he slept on the night of August 14.
The 32-year-old said that the bike was in his apartment when he went to sleep at 2 a.m. but when he woke up at 9 a.m. it was gone.
The door was ajar, officials were told.
A few days earlier, a 64-year-old Clinton Street woman said a “specially made” bike was swiped from the corner of Court and Livingston Streets, even though the $1,500 set of wheels was secured to a pole.
Someone snipped the combo cable lock and rolled off with the bike as the woman ran errands between 2 and 4 p.m. on August 10, officials said.
Cops were investigating both thefts as this paper went to press.
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