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Three thieves were arrested on June 5 after they were spotted breaking into Fashion Optics.
Police said that the thieves, who ranged in age between 38 and 49, were reportedly caught propping up the shutters and forcing open the front locked door to the Kings Highway store, between East 13th and 14th streets, at 4:30 am on June 5. They reportedly had $5,000 in eyeglasses on them when they were taken into custody.
Popped and robbed
A 20-year-old man was mugged on June 5 as he walked to a Homecrest train station.
The victim said that he was approaching the corner of Avenue U and East 19th Street just before 4:30 am on June 5 when an unidentified man ran up to him.
“Give me everything you got,” the man said before he punched him in the face, robbing him of $20, his iTouch and Blackberry.
Up in smoke
Thieves mugged a 48-year-old on June 5 after asking the man for a cigarette.
The victim said he had just parked his car at the corner of Avenue S and East 15th Street at 5 am on June 5 and was locking up his car when four strangers walked up to him and asked if he had a cigarette.
Before he could respond, all four suspects jumped him before taking his Blackberry and $330 in cash.
A gun-toting thug forced his way into a Marine Park home on June 3, robbing the woman inside.
Cops said the victim was sitting inside her Kimball Street abode, between Avenues U and T, when the unidentified male entered, pulled a gun and demanded she hand over her ATM card and PIN.
The man then tied the woman up with duct tape and ran off.
Cops are asking anyone with information about this incident to come forward. Calls can be made to the 63rd Precinct at (718) 258-4411. All calls will be kept confidential.
Memorial Day mayhem
A Flatlands woman was attacked and robbed inside her own apartment on May 31, police said.
The 31-year-old victim told police that she was inside her home on Avenue L, between East 37th and East 38th streets, when a 29-year-old male acquaintance assaulted her during a 12:30 am visit.
The male — who was later arrested — took an assortment of jewelry from her bedroom, officials said.
Shoes were flying during a catfight inside a Flatlands club that spilled out into the street on May 31.
Officials said that at 4:30 am two women struck a third female club hopper in the head with their shoes, leaving her with light injuries.
The ensuing brawl was too big for the bar to contain, and soon bled outside the night spot on Avenue J and Utica Avenue to the corner of Avenue J and East 49th Street, where a second woman was struck in the head with a shoe.
Responding officers arrested the three shoe assailants a short time later.
Followed and stabbed
A blade-wielding thug wanted the last word in an argument with a 24-year-old on June 2, police said.
The victim said the argument with the 20-year-old stranger started on Glenwood Road near East 59th Street in Flatlands at 11:10 pm. He thought the argument ended when he stormed off, but his opponent followed him for a short distance, then jumped him, stabbing him in the stomach and arm.
A thief forced his way into a Bergen Avenue apartment building on May 31, raiding two apartments.
Police said that the thief entered the building, which is between Ralph Avenue and Avenue K, sometime after 11 am. Once inside, he forced open the doors of two apartments, taking an undetermined amount of property.
Front door kicker
A brazen burglar tried to raid a Marine Park home on May 28 after forcing open the first door he saw — the front one.
A homeowner on East 32nd Street between Avenue R and Fillmore Avenue told police that someone snapped the lock to his front door sometime after 10:50 pm, but fled the scene before stepping inside.
Wheeling around town
A Mazda MZ6 reported stolen in Mill Island popped up in Brighton Beach on June 2, said police, who arrested the would-be car thief without incident.
Police said that someone broke into a car parked in a driveway East 64th Street, between Mayfair Drive North and Bassett Walk, sometime after 9 pm on May 30, and found a key belonging to the Mazda, which was also in the driveway.
The thief unlocked the Mazda and drove off with it, only to be seen tooling around Brighton 5th Street and Neptune Avenue.
Cops took the 19-year-old into custody, charging him with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
A crew of thieves hijacked a food delivery man on May 28.
Police said that the suspects grabbed their victim on East 57th Street, between Avenues H and I, at 9:40 pm, and punched him in the face, taking $70 and the food order he was about to drop off.
A Marine Park resident was struck in the head with a rock during a clash on May 24.
The 23-year-old victim said he was on the Fillmore Avenue side of Marine Park, which is between Burnett Street and Madison Place, at 3:50 pm when he began arguing with a 22-year-old.
During the heated exchange, the younger man picked up a rock and lobbed it at the victim, hitting him in the head.
Responding officers arrested the younger man a short time later, charging him with assault.
Stabbed and robbed
A crew of thieves stabbed a 25-year-old in the neck during a bloody robbery on May 26.
The victim told police that the thieves jumped him just before 8:15 pm at the corner of Avenue I and East 34th Street, demanding his cellphone.
In the ensuing fisticuffs the victim was stabbed in the neck and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Three of the four thieves were arrested.
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