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Cops are looking for a thief who swiped a man’s iPhone after throwing him against the wall and demanding his “radio.”
What is this, the 80s?
The victim told police that he was on Fifth Avenue nearing 76th Street at 9:20 p.m. on August 26 when the suspect, described as a white male in his 30s, jumped him and shoved him over to a nearby wall.
The man claimed he had a firearm, although he didn’t flash the sidearm during the heist, officials said.
“Give me your radio or I’ll shoot you,” the man threatened before running off with the iPhone -- which does a lot more than play music -- and $15 in cash.
Cops were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can be made to the 68th Precinct at (718) 439-4211. All calls will be kept confidential.
An area man escaped serious injury last week when he closed his apartment door on a man firing a gun at him.
Cops said that the alleged shooter, identified as Thomas Hines, 35, was taken into custody on August 26 shortly after he allegedly pumped five bullets into the apartment door on 13th Avenue and 68th Street.
The victim told police that he was arguing with Hines, who he knew, by his door at 12:35 a.m. when the suspect allegedly pulled a gun, cocked it and threatened to shoot him.
When the victim slammed the door, Hines opened fire and ran off, police alleged.
Responding officers trailed him to a home on 67th Street near 14th Avenue, where he was taken into custody and charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, criminal mischief and harassment.
A second man, identified as 23-year-old Richie Montanez, was arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration for claiming that no one else was in the home when police arrived.
Montanez briefly stopped police from entering the home, where they found Hines and the gun, officials alleged.
A thief forced his way into a home on Fort Hamilton Parkway so he could get his hands on a panhandler’s dream -- a hefty coin jar.
The 55-year-old told police that he had left his home for a short holiday at 6 p.m. on August 21. He returned on the afternoon on August 25 to find that the door had been damaged. The lock was broken.
The only thing taken was the spare change, which the victim said was worth $500, officials said.
A laptop computer and several pieces of jewelry were removed from a 68th Street apartment when a thief crawled in through a kitchen window.
Officials said that the thief forced open the window and entered sometime between 9 a.m. and 9:50 p.m. on August 27.
Among the items taken were a bracelet, a pair of hoop earrings and a gold ring.
Wallets left in cars -- recipe for disaster
Police are investigating two recent car break-ins where the main thing taken was the car owners’ wallets.
Officials said that someone broke into a 2008 Nissan Infiniti parked at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 67th Street between midnight and 5 a.m. on August 24.
The owner of the car, a resident of Staten Island, said that the only thing taken was his wallet, which had $220 and several credit cards inside.
Several hours later, a thief broke into a 1996 Chrysler parked on Fort Hamilton Parkway near 62nd Street, scoring a second wallet belonging to a 31-year-old area resident.
A dispute in a Third Avenue club ended in bloodshed when a patron smacked another club-goer with a beer bottle.
A 23-year-old victim said that he was arguing with the bald patron inside Plush, located near 79th Street, at 11:10 p.m. on August 21 when the suspect spit at him and then cracked the bottle over his crown.
The victim was taken to Lutheran Medical Center to be treated for deep cuts to the left side of his face, officials said.
The assailant got away and was still being sought by investigators, officials said.
Two sisters in their nineties were swindled out of $10,000 last week after they let in two flim-flam artists posing as Department of Environmental Protection employees.
The women, ages 90 and 92, were inside their home on 65th Street near 10th Avenue at about noon on August 18 when the two suspects, a man and a woman, came to their door claiming to be from the water company.
The duo claimed that they had to come in and check all the faucets for pressure because there was a water mein break outside.
Both women — as well as their friend, 89, who was also visiting at the time — fell for the scam, in which one of the suspects kept the ladies distracted while the other looted through the apartment looking for valuables.
The victims didn’t realize that the cash was missing until after the thieves left.
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