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The thieves responsible for a spree of cabbie robberies in Boerum Hill aren’t hailing anyone anymore.
So say police, who arrested two of suspects shortly after their last heist on August 21.
Cops from the 84th Precinct said that the thieves, who were not named, were in custody by August 24. Members of the 84th Precinct detective squad made the apprehension after identifying the two men involved in the three stick-ups.
Officials said that all three robberies took place in Boerum Hilll between August 14 and August 21. At least two of the hold-ups took place on Bergen Street.
The most recent incident took place on Pacific Street between Bond and Hoyt Streets, when a 56-year-old cabbie was dispatched to pick someone up on the block at 2:30 a.m. As he waited outside the address, two Hispanic males ran up to his window and pulled a gun on him.
“Get out of the car or I’ll kill you,” one of the thieves ordered as he pulled the victim out of the car.
The thieves struck the cab driver in the back of the head with the butt of the gun three times before running off with his receipts, police said.
Two days earlier, on August 19, a 26-year-old cabbie was robbed in a similar incident on Bergen Street between Bond and Hoyt Streets.
As in the more recent heist, someone called the cabbie’s dispatcher and asked to be picked up on Bergen Street at 4:30 a.m.
A few moments later two people, described as a black male and a white male, approached the vehicle. One of the men had a gun in his hand.
“Give me your money and everything you have,” the thief demanded as the duo robbed their victim of $150, his cell phone and the keys to his vehicle.
Police said that a third cabbie was also robbed as he waited to pick up a passenger on Pacific Street near Nevins street back on August 14.
No injuries were reported in any of these heists, officials said.
As investigators scrambled to find the gunmen, cops from the 84th Precinct reached out to all of the cab companies that operate out of Boerum Hill and warned them about the dispatching scam. Each dispatcher was given a direct line to the cops and were asked to call if anyone suspicious called for a pick-up, sources said.
Once the two suspects were arrested, all of the robberies stopped, officials said.
As of this writing, cops were trying to determine if a third person was involved in the robberies.
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