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Cell swiper nabbed
A 19-year-old has been identified as the thug who allegedly went on a cell phone stealing spree during a few hour’s stretch in Brooklyn Heights.
Officials said that Kevin Haynes was arrested on February 25 for the February 19 mini- spree, which began when a 35-year-old woman walked down Joralemon Street between Columbia Street and Willow Place at 5:30 p.m.
Police were told that Haynes allegedly ran up behind the woman and stuck a heavy object in her back.
“Give me your phone or I’ll shoot you,” he allegedly said.
The woman said she handed her iPhone to the thief, who was last seen running toward Hicks Street.
Three hours later, Haynes allegedly tried to mug a second 35-year-old woman as she walked past the corner of Henry and Remsen streets.
The woman alleged that Haynes ran up to her and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t hand over her phone.
Not knowing what to do, she ran off. Haynes ran off in the opposite direction.
Cops quickly connected both heists to Haynes, who was charged with robbery and attempted robbery.
Ain’t love grand?
A 39-year-old woman landed behind bars last week for allegedly attacking her boyfriend during a month-old spat.
Prosecutors allege that Janice Hubbard and her boyfriend were arguing in his apartment on Schermerhorn Street near Smith Street back on February 1 when she smashed her boyfriend’s television and then doused his clothes in cooking oil.
She finally struck him in the head with a frying pan before storming off, police were told.
Investigators caught up with her on February 24, arresting her on assault and other charges when she showed up at her parole office for her regular appointment.
Checking her out
A 23-year-old woman was singing the banking blues last week when cops found out that she was allegedly cashing fraudulent checks from a downtown law firm.
Officials said that Dominique Govan was facing multiple counts of petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly swiping checks from the Court Street firm and then making out several small checks of $350 to herself.
She then allegedly forged the signature, according to police, who said that she had been passed four forged checks between November and December 2009.
The grifting gravy train came to an end this week, when members of Signature Bank found the forged checks and helped police tie them to Govan.
Old Fulton folly
Police took a 37-year-old motorist into custody early Sunday when they allegedly found him drunk behind the wheel -- the bottle of booze in the passenger seat his only company.
Officials said that Mehenni Karim was hit with DWI and reckless driving charges after cops found him near the corner of Old Fulton and Prospect streets at 1:30 a.m. on February 28.
Karim had a blood alcohol content of .111 -- well over the legal limit -- following a Brethalyzer test, according to a complaint filed with the Kings County District Attorney’s office.
Tug of war over phone
A 24-year-old played “keep away” with a thief dead set on snagging her iPhone recently.
The woman said that she was walking along St. Mark’s Place near Third Avenue at 8:40 p.m. February 21 when three men stopped her, asking her for the time.
When she pulled out her iPhone to check, one of the thieves grabbed it from her hand.
Using her cat-like reflexes, the woman snatched the phone back, police were told.
This back and forth probably could have gone on forever if one of the thieves didn’t pull a gun, bringing the game to a quick close.
The suspects grabbed the phone one last time and ran off with it, the woman told police.
Cops were called to the UA Court Street Stadium 12 on two separate occasions recently, but not to catch the latest preview for “Brooklyn’s Finest.”
Officials said that they went to the theater, located on 106 Court Street, on the afternoon of February 14 after someone swiped a woman’s purse as she watched a feature.
The 32-year-old victim said that she put the bag on the seat next to her, but left the theater without it.
She realized her mistake and ran back within in five minutes, but someone had already helped themselves to it.
Three days later, a woman said that someone plucked her Blackberry out of her pocket as she made her way through the crowded lobby.
The woman said that she noticed her phone was gone just after two males bumped into her.
Help wipe out graffiti
As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are now offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood graffiti vandals.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti; the leading quality of life complaint brought to police.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.
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