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Running with cellphones
A thief ran off with an 18-year-old’s cellphone after a June 14 clash in Marine Park.
The teen said he was on East 38th Street between Flatbush Avenue and Avenue L at 10:10 pm when the unidentified thug grabbed him from behind, putting him in choke hold.
“Run your pockets,” the hooligan ordered, but the victim tried to fight the man off, dropping his cellphone in the process.
Taking the path of least resistance, the thug grabbed the phone and ran off, cops were told.
Rock ‘N Rob
A brute bludgeoned a Bergen Beach teen with a rock during a harrowing robbery on June 14.
The victim told police he was on East 73rd Street between Avenues K and L at 10:40 pm when two males attacked him with the weapon and made off with his cellphone.
Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.
Ave. T hold up
A 45-year-old man was held up — possibly at gunpoint — on June 16 during a quick exchange at the corner of Ryder Street and Avenue T.
Police said that the victim was nearing the corner just after 4 am when a stranger ran up and stuck a hard object in his back.
“Don’t look back,” the thief threatened. “If you look back, you’ll get hurt.”
Needless to say, the victim didn’t look back as the thief made off with his cash, cellphone and briefcase, police said.
Robbed in Kings Plaza
A crew of five thieves ganged up on and attacked a 14-year-old girl as she shopped in Kings Plaza on June 16.
The victim told police she was inside the mall on Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U at 1:45 pm when the thugs attacked, punching her in the head as they made off with her purse and property.
A burglar cut his way through a screened-in Flatlands home on June 14, where he swiped a woman’s wallet.
The 58-year-old homeowner said someone sliced through a rear window screen of the home, which is between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue M, just before 4 am.
The only thing taken was the wallet, the woman told police.
A thief forced his way into a Flatbush Avenue business on June 12, taking an assortment of pricey electronics.
Police said it was unclear how the thief entered the office, which is located between Avenues T and U.
A thug forced his way into a Flatlands apartment on June 17, taking $200 and some jewelry.
The 45-year-old victim said he returned home to find that someone had snapped the front lock to his door.
A very busy thief broke into two Flatlands homes on the same day, police said.
Cops were told that someone crawled through the basement window of one of the homes, which is between East 43rd Street and Troy Avenue, sometime after 9 am, and removed an undetermined amount of property.
Police believe he entered a second home on the same block a short time later, taking a cellphone and some jewelry.
A thief rooted through a 24-year-old man’s car trunk on June 19 as the vehicle sat just down the block from Amersfort Park.
The motorist said he left the car on Avenue I between East 39th and East 40th streets at 6:46 pm. He returned a short time later to learn that someone entered the truck and removed several pricey electronics found inside.
Wipe out graffiti
As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are now offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can lead them to graffiti vandals.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, which is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.
Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners.
According to police, there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.
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