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Cops nick note-passing bandit

Detectives from the Major Case Squad have allegedly connected a 28-year-old area man to two attempted bank robberies %u2013 including the near hold-up on Fulton Street.

Police said that Orlando Taylor was arrested on attempted grand larceny and attempted robbery charges for allegedly storming into the Bank of America branch at the corner of Ocean and Church avenues at 1:20 p.m. on November 14 and passing a threatening note to the teller.

In the note, he allegedly threatened to “shoot up the place” unless he got $8,000, officials said.

Yet he ran off empty-handed after the teller walked away from him.

Police said the day before the Flatbush heist, Taylor allegedly conducted a test run at a Bank of America on Fulton Street near Adams Street.

That time %u2013 just before 3 p.m. %u2013 Taylor passed a teller a note threatening to kill everyone in the bank if he didn’t get $10,000, police alleged.

Once again, he left the bank empty-handed, cursing his misfortune, when the teller took to long to respond to his demands, officials allege.

A 22-year-old man has allegedly been connected to a gunpoint mugging in DUMBO.

Police alleged that two males pulled a gun on a man walking along Bridge Street near York Street at 6:40 a.m. on November 18.

The suspects allegedly robbed the young man of his iPod, wallet and backpack before running off.

Responding officers apprehended one of the suspects, identified as Melquan Smith, a short time later.

Smith reportedly had a .40 caliber pistol with seven live rounds on him when he was taken into custody.

During questioning, Smith admitted to robbing the area resident. He also admitted to chucking the victim’s wallet down his building’s incinerator and selling the young man’s iPod for $40.

Cops charged him with robbery in the first degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and criminal possession of stolen property.

An area man was stopped in the street, choked and frisked when he was confronted by three thugs on Sands Street last week, officials said.

The victim told police that he was near Navy Street at 4:30 p.m. on November 19 when the three thugs stopped him.

One of the thieves wrapped his hands around the victim’s neck while the other patted down his pockets, looking for loot.

Realizing that the victim had nothing to fork over the thieves threw the victim to the ground and walked off, officials said.

Cops from the 84th Precinct said that at least one of the thieves had been taken into custody.

Luis Roman, 24, was arrested shortly after the mugging and was charged with attempted robbery, assault and menacing.

His two accomplices were still at large.

These guys want to dress downtown Brooklyn’s criminal underworld in denim.

Police said that 40 pairs of pricey cigarette denim jeans were taken from Urban Outfitters, 166 Atlantic Avenue, back on November 9.

Workers said that three thieves %u2013 two men and a woman %u2013 took the clothes, a $2,160 haul, at around 5 p.m. and ran off to an awaiting car.

All three thieves wore blue jeans, workers remembered.

Cops are investigating a woman’s claims that a charlatan made off with her rent money, as well as important personal information during an apartment hunting scam.

The 25-year-old Bronx resident told police that someone recommended that she call the thief, who was masquerading as a real estate broker, when she decided to look for an apartment in downtown Brooklyn.

The thief played his role well,selling her on a dream apartment in her price range on Fulton Street near Smith Street in late October.

It was unclear if the woman had checked out the apartment personally.

Either way, the thief reportedly told her that this perfect apartment could be hers as long as she could pay for it.

Besides asking for $3,300 in rent and security up front, he also asked for copies of her W2, ID, credit report and employment pay stubs to prove that she could pay the rent.

The woman gladly handed all of the information to the broker, who ultimately gave her the green light, claiming that she could move in on November 1.

But the woman quickly learned something was amiss on Halloween weekend, when she called the thief with a quick question and found his phone disconnected.

She knew she had been scammed when she went to the building and the super said that none of the apartments were vacant.

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