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Police are searching for a gun-toting goon who made a raid at a Bensonhurst Game Stop look like child’s play.
Workers at the store, located on 18th Avenue near 67th Street, said that the thief came in at 7:45 p.m. on September 17, pulled a gun and ordered them to put their belongings in a plastic garbage bag he brought with him.
The thief then duct-taped the two employees, threatening to harm them if they didn’t wait 20 minutes before getting up.
Police said that the suspect ran off with the employee’s cash and credit cards, as well as the video surveillance footage of the entire incident.
It was unclear if the receipts were taken as this paper went to press.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential.
A 13-year-old boy bartered his way out of a bruising when athug stormed up to him and demanded his money last week.
Police said that the victim was on 85th Street nearing 23rd Avenue at 7:30 a.m. on September 18 when a 20-year-old white male stopped him and ordered him to fork over his cash.
The teen said he didn’t have any money, so the thief asked for the next best thing.
“What kind of phone do you have?” the thug asked.
As the victim withdrew the SideKick cell phone from his pocket, the thief ripped it out of his hands and ran off, leaving the teen unharmed.
A member of a New York City Parks clean-up crew is being sought for questioning in an incident in which she allegedly sprayed carburetor cleaner in a co-worker’s eyes.
Police said that the two women were assigned to spruce up Manhattan Beach on Oriental Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. on September 18 when the 34-year-old victim began arguing with the other woman over her not having a seat in the Parks van.
During the exchange, the woman, identified only as Monica, allegedly picked up the cleaner and spritzed it in her victim’s face.
The victim suffered irritation to her eyes and face that required treatment at Coney Island Hospital, officials allege.
A 30-year-old Sheepshead Bay woman was robbed of her purse when she was confronted by a free-wheeling fiend.
The woman said that she was on Avenue Z near East 11th Street at 3 a.m. on September 14 when an unidentified man on a bicycle rolled up behind her.
The thief jumped off the bike, grabbed her around the neck and yanked her purse from her arm, officials said.
He then threw the woman to the ground and sped off as quickly as he appeared, said officials.
A thief breaking into a car on Brighton 12th Street turned up a pair of Ugg sandals, some CDs and a stay in a holding cell, officials alleged.
Police said that Vito Calciano, 31, was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tolls and petit larceny in connection with the theft, which took place at 6:50 a.m. on September 20.
Witnesses alleged that they saw Calciano break into a 2004 Chevy Suburban parked near Oceanview Avenue.
Responding officers allegedly found some of the vehicle owner’s property on him. He reportedly tried to ditch the rest %u2013 including a well hidden knife -- in the police cruiser taking him to the 60th Precinct for processing, police alleged.
Over $5,000 in cash and a Hong King passport were among the items swiped from a Bensonhursthome as a 69-year-old homeowner slept, police from the 62nd Precinct said.
The victim, who lives on 83rd Street near 18th Avenue, said that when she finally awoke at 8 p.m. on September 17 her money and identification were gone.
She later learned that someone crept into the home through an unlocked bedroom window.
The thief managed to scour the place for valuables as the senior slept, officials believe.
An area man needed 16 stitches to close a deep gash he suffered during a brawl on Mermaid Avenue and West 15th Street Friday night, police said.
Officials said that 35-year-old Adrian Acosta has been arrested in connection with the attack, which took place just before 10 p.m. on September 18.
The victim said that he was arguing with Acosta when the suspect allegedly socked him in the face, knocking him to the ground.
He then allegedly continued to punch the victim while he was sprawled out on the ground, according to a complaint filed with the Kings County District Attorney’s office.
Cops charged him with assault in the third degree, menacing and harassment.
A thief broke into Laundromax, 2811 86th Street, last week, taking $1,000 in receipts and a laptop computer.
Police said that someone broke into the laundry by cutting his way through the roof between 10 p.m. on September 13 and 7:30 a.m. the following morning.
Once inside the thief raided several coin operated machines, taking $800 in quarters. An additional $200 was found in the register, officials said.
Four alleged thieves were arrested in Bensonhurst following a failed carjacking on Bay Ridge Avenue, cops from the 62nd Precinct said.
Officials said that Kevin Noziere and Victor Collado, both 23, 22-year-old RichardLeger and a fourth unidentified suspect were all rounded up shortly after they allegedly snagged the car near 17th Avenue.
The victim said that he was idling on Bay Ridge Avenue at 8:40 p.m. on September 17 when one of the thieves allegedly approached the car.
The young tough allegedly acted as he had a gun under his sweatshirt as he ordered the victim out of the car, police were told.
Left in the dust, the victim called 911. Responding officers found the car and the four suspects at Dahill Road and 50th Street after a short search, officials said.
A 25-year-old man was attacked and robbed of his gold chain as he dined at an 86th Street restaurant last week.
The victim said that he was celebrating well into the night at La Parranda near 24th Avenue when an unidentified male suspect struck him in the back of the head with a glass bottle at 3:30 a.m. on September 16.
First came the pain, then came the plucking, officials said. After striking the victim, the thief grabbed the gold chain from his neck andran off with it.
Cops were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.
A livery cab driver was robbed of his wheels recently after driving a fiendish fare through Bensonhurst.
The cabbie told police that he had picked up his passenger on 24th Avenue near 88th Street at 4:40 a.m. on September 13.
The man said that he wanted to go to the corner of 65th Street and 17th Avenue but, once they reached their destination, reached over from the back seat with a knife in his hand.
“Give me the money or I’ll kill you,” the thief said in a villainous ultimatum.
Surprised, the cab driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran off.
The thief immediately took the man’s place, and fled with his ride, officials said.
Cops are trying to hunt a police impersonator armed with a realistic looking badge and a car equipped with emergency strobe lights.
A 22-year-old man told police that he was driving down 23rd Avenue near 61st Street in Bensonhurst on the afternoon of September 13 when he spotted those strobe lights in the rear view mirror.
After being “pulled over,” the suspect, who was dressed in ordinary clothes came up to the victim’s car and asked to see his ID, registration and insurance card.
He also asked for the young man’s keys, which the victim said set off a few alarm bells.
When he refused to hand over his keys, the man flashed a star-shaped badge, identifying himself as an off-duty cop from Queens.
He grabbed the keys and then demanded that the victim offer up his cell phone number.
After speeding off with the keys, ID and registration, the crooked cop called the victim and told him not to report what had happened to the authorities.
Realizing he was duped, the victim did exactly what the “cop” told him not to do, officials said.
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