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Maybe he just wanted to get a head start on the holiday.
A 39-year-old man was apprehended early Thursday morning when he was caught allegedly trying to break into the Mirrer Yeshiva %u2013 a day and a half before Jews across the borough celebrated Rosh Hashanah.
Police said that a group of yeshiva students reportedly spotted Christopher Spano trying to squirm through a window of the religious school, located at 630 Avenue R at about 1:40 a.m. on September 17 as they made their way to their dormitory.
Spano allegedly had his body halfway in the building when the students chased him away.
But that wasn’t the last time they saw the 39-year-old, police alleged.
According to cops at the 61st Precinct, Spano allegedly came back and threatened the students.
“I’ll kill you%u2026I know where you live,” he allegedly told the handful of witnesses before driving off in a white Subaru.
The students called police, who picked Spano up a short time later, charging him with attempted burglary and menacing, officials said.
A 17-year-old was arrested for swiping an X-Box 360 from a home he burglarized, but then leaving behind his fingerprints, police alleged.
Prosecutors charge that Duquan Scott broke into the Glenwood Road apartment near East 59th Street sometime on August 19, taking the X-Box, some games, a cell phone, iPod and a backpack to carry it all in.
During the investigation that followed, crime scene technicians lifted a fingerprint from a DVD case in the apartment that brought the 63rd back to Scott, who had been arrested previously in an unrelated incident.
Cops charged Scott with burglary in the second degree, criminal trespass and petit larceny.
A 39-year-old man was robbed of his wallet when he tried to fend off three men armed with a bottle and a bicycle.
Police said that the three suspects allegedly approached the victim just as he was exiting a store near the corner of Kings Highway and East 16th Street at 11:45 p.m. on September 9.
One of the victims reportedly “threw” a bicycle at the victim while the other two charged, striking him with a bottle.
The trio fled with the victim’s wallet, which contained $180 following the ensuing struggle, officials alleged.
Cops from the 61st Precinct said that they apprehended the three alleged thieves, identified as 20-year-old Michael Berman, 19-year-old Roman Khazanov and 19-yea-rold James Lopez in connection with the mugging a short time later.
All three were charged with robbery, officials said.
Police are looking for a crew of thieves who conned their way into an 83-year-old woman’s home as she waited for her daily Meals-on-Wheels drop off.
The senior said that she was waiting for her lunch on the stoop of her East 13th Street home at 1:30 p.m. September 17 when a woman and a man approached claiming to work for the water company.
The duo said they needed to go into the senior’s apartment to check her pipes and faucets.
The woman allowed them to go in, not realizing that a third man snuck in with them.
Working together, the charlatans searched through the apartment and ran out without telling the senior anything further, officials said.
Nothing had been reported stolen as this paper went to press.
Cops are encouraging all residents, especially seniors, to be wary of these flim-flam artists.
If someone shows up claiming to be from a utility company and asking entrance toyour home, make sure that they have identification, police said. One can also call the utility company to check if workers had been dispatched to your home, they added.
Anyone with information regarding the scam artists is asked to call the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.
A 27-year-old with a taste for designer suits was arrested for allegedly trying to swipe a rack of them from the Macy’s in the Kings Plaza Mall last week.
Security guards at the department store on Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U alleged that suspect Steven Williams took “several” designer suits and placed them in a bag as he shopped at 4:42 p.m. on September 16.
When a guard spotted him, Williams allegedly dropped the bag and ran off empty-handed, but returned three hours later, claiming that he was going to “end the guard’s life” and “punch him in the face,” officials said.
Before he could make good on his alleged threats, cops from the 63rd Precinct were called to the mall to grab Williams, who was charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and harassment, officials said.
A 23-year-old thief was arrested last week for beating up and robbing a 15-year-old as he and his friends walked past the corner of Avenue T and East 9th Street in Homecrest, officials alleged.
The victim alleged that Khikmat Abidov jumped the small group at 10:09 p.m. on September 18, punching the 15-year-old in the head so hard that it left a lasting bruise to his left hear and cheekbone.
Abidov allegedly made off with the teen’s wallet, but didn’t get far. Cops from the 61st Precinct apprehended him a short time later, officials said.
Police are looking for a burglar who raided a Midwood home and then used the credit cards he found to go food shopping at a nearby Stop & Shop.
Armed with a surveillance video of the thief with a shopping cart full of goodies, police said that the 5’10”, 170-pound bald black male broke into a home on East 23rd Street near Avenue R sometime between July 31 and August 2.
At roughly the same time, the thief was caught on camera trying to use one of his victim’s credit cards at the Stop & Shop at 1710 Avenue Y in Sheepshead Bay.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are now offering a $500 in reward money to anyone with information that can lead them to graffiti vandals.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, which is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.
Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners.
According to police, there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.
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