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Thieves broke into Atomic Wings, 321 9th Street, last week, taking nearly $7,000 in receipts.

Workers at the scorching hot chicken wing chain said that someone broke into the eatery near Fifth Avenue just after midnight on November 8.

The suspects barrelled through a back door -- knocking it off its hinges -- and then cracked open a drop safe, where the money was found.

Cops were trying to corral the sticky fingered thieves as this paper went to press.

A would-be car thief was tracked down and arrested after he made the mistake of swiping a car off Third Avenue, but parking his ill-gotten gains a block away.

Officials allege that Rene Lugo, a resident of President Street, took a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu belonging to Budget Rental Cars.

Cops were told that someone had rented the car on November 7 and had left it on Third Avenue near Sackett Street just before 10 a.m. as he ran a few errands.

Lugo apparently grabbed the car without too much difficulty since it was running and the keys were inside.

The victim immediately called police, claiming that a white male in a grey hoodie had taken the car.

Responding officers searched the area and quickly found the Malibu behind a Third Avenue building between Union and President streets, not two blocks away.

As cops recovered the car, they noticed that the keys for the vehicle were in another car next to the Malibu.

Cops ran those car’s plates, which came back to Lugo’s girlfriend.

During questioning, the girlfriend said that Lugo often parks the car behind the Third Avenue building.

Lugo, when reached by cell phone, said that he was in the Bronx and couldn’t come in for questioning.

But that all changed when cops saw Lugo -- who fit the description of the car thief -- near the girlfriend’s home.

Lugo, who ultimately admitted to taking the car, was charged with grand larceny of an automobile.

Thieves rifled through a 15th Street home while the 39-year-old tenant was on vacation, officials said.

Cops were told that a Dell computer was removed from the home near Fourth Avenue sometime between October 31 and November 6.

Whoever broke in reportedly forced open an unlocked front window and exited through the front door, officials said.

Windows are a thief’s best friend.

A pair of thieves embraced their long lost pal on 12th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues last week by forcing open the back window to an apartment building on the afternoon of November 4.

The 31-year-old victim said that whoever entered his home made off with a laptop computer, an iPod and a pair of headphones and exited through the front door.

A resident who saw and may have chatted with the thieves, described them as Hispanic males between 5’4” and 5’5”.

This is the second time in two weeks that chatty thieves decided to gab with apartment building residents.

On October 27, someone broke into an apartment on Third Avenue and Carroll Street, swiped two laptop computers, and left, but not before speaking to one of the victim’s neighbors, cops were told. It was unclear if these two incidents were related.

Police were looking for all three thieves as this paper went to press.

A 54-year-old check-kiter was arrested last week after he tried to pass a fake check at a local Citibank.

Officials said that Rodney Smith was charged with attempted grand larceny after trying to cash the bogus check to the tune of $1700 at the bank branch on Seventh Avenue near President Street.

Park Slope bank tellers must be a bit more perspicacious than in other communities since Smith managed to get money from two other banks with the same scam, officials said.

A thief tried on two employees’ purses at the Fabco Shoes at 522 Fifth Avenue.

Cops from the 78th Precinct were told that the two employees were helping other customers at 6 p.m. October 29 when someone snuck behind the counter and removed the purses, each of which contained a few dollars and some credit cards. An iPod was also taken, officials said.

Cops are trying to figure out who made of with a U-Haul truck from a Fourth Avenue depot last week.

Officials said that the 2009 Ford Ecoline van was removed sometime after 11:45 p.m. on November 5.

U-Haul employees said they locked the van before they left it, but it was gone when they returned at 8:40 a.m. that morning.

Why hassle with a lock when you can go around it?

A thief breaking into a 14th Street apartment believed the same thing recently as he thought out of the box and focused on the drywall next to the apartment door rather than the lock.

A 34-year-old man told police that he returned to his home near Fourth Avenue after a short vacation on October 26 and found a small hole in the wall next to his door.

The hole was big enough for someone to reach inside the apartment and unlock the door, officials were told.

Whoever did so swiped a laptop computer, a DVD player, a 32” television and a grey coat, cops were told.

A thief looted a fourth floor apartment on Fifth Avenue last week after scaling the building’s rear fire escape.

A 39-year-old man told police that he returned home at 5 p.m. on October 30 and discovered that someone had removed two computers and a PlayStation console.

It was later determined that the thief who burglarized the home had entered through a back bedroom window leading to a fire escape.

The victim made it easy for the thief, said police, noting that the tenant admitted to leaving the window unlocked when he left for the day.

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