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Marauders with badges

Cops are looking for a crew of masked thugs who entered a 71st Street teen’s home by flashing badges and passing themselves off as police officers.

The victim, 19, said that he was in his home near Fort Hamilton Parkway at 5:30 p.m. on November 18 when there was a knock on the door.

When he answered, he was confronted by two men with badges.

The two men identified themselves as police officers, but the victim must have known that something was wong since one of the men was sporting a ski-mask.

But it was too late for second thoughts.

Officials said that a third suspect charged the 19-year-old, forcing him into his bedroom. The victim was handcuffed to his bed while his two cohorts ransacked the apartment.

The thieves, who continually shielded their faces from their victim so not to be recognized, ran off with a pillowcase filled with gold jewelry, an iPod, a T-Mobile cell phone and an X-Box 360.

Before leaving one of the suspects removed the metal handcuffs off the victim, only to slap on a set of flex-cuffs, officials said.

Cops were still looking for the bogus badge flashers as this paper went to press.

A Senator Street woman received the fright of her life last week after two thieves broke into the basement of her building.

The woman said that she was inside her home near Fifth Avenue just before 2:30 p.m. on November 19 when she heard a noise downstairs.

When she went to investigate, she found two white males. The duo had broken through the rear basement door and were looking through all the things she had left in storage.

Realizing they were discovered, the suspects pushed the woman aside and ran back out the door, taking nothing.

Four out of five dentists may recommend Crest White Strips, but none of them would recommend you steal them.

Three awfully hygienic thieves apparently didn’t get this memo as they swiped 93 of the teeth cleansers from a neighborhood Walgreens last week.

Workers at the chain pharmacy, located at 9408 Third Avenue, said that the three suspects -- all of whom sported Yankees hats -- came into the store at 12:45 p.m. on November 19 and made a bee-line for the toothbrush/toothpaste aisle.

The thieves grabbed the White Strips -- $1400 worth -- and stuffed them in a bag they were carrying before running off.

An 84-year-old motorist is looking for the brazen motorist who slammed into his car and then fled following the impact at 77th Street and Ridge Boulevard.

Resident Angelo Malfitano said that he was entering the corner at 1 p.m. on November 3 when a woman in her mid-forties to early sixties with blonde hair driving a red vehicle -- possibly a Toyota -- blew through the intersection and slammed into his 1994 Dodge Caravan.

The woman reportedly pulled her car over, but then sped off before the senior could get any of her information.

“She took off like a bat out of hell,” the World War II veteran said. “I couldn’t get her license and registration.”

Luckily, he walked away from the accident unscathed. His Dodge Caravan, however, is a different story.

He’s asking anyone with information about this woman or the accident to call him at (718) 748-5668. The woman’s car, he said, should have some front end damage or would have recently had some repair work done.

Thieves broke into a construction site run by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA), removing thousands of dollars in pricey tools.

The employee said that he showed up for work near the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 101st Street at 4:45 a.m. on November 16 and noticed that a shed holding the tools had been broken into. The locks to the shed were removed.

Police said that over $23,000 worth of tools were taken including an air compressor, power washer, generator and jackhammer.

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