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Coney Island, Brighton Beach
Caught in Coney
A 20-year-old thief responsible for holding up and nearly killing two Fed Ex and UPS delivery men two years ago was arrested in Coney Island this week.
Prosecutors said the suspect, identified as Michael Donaldson, was nabbed for the two heists, which occurred the same day in Canarsie and Flatlands back on Sept. 28, 2008.
Donaldson and another man reportedly pulled a gun on a Fed Ex delivery man on Flatlands Avenue between E. 79th and E. 80th streets at 11 am, police said. They then rummaged through the delivery man’s packages, but ran off empty handed.
Roughly an hour and a half later, the held up a UPS delivery man on Kings Highway between Hubbard Place and E. 40th Street. They threatened to shoot the delivery man if he didn’t open up the back of the truck, but their victim refused, sparking a struggle, officials said.
The delivery man was shot in the leg during the skirmish, but his injuries were not considered life threatening.
Following a two year investigation, cops nabbed Donaldson, charging him with attempted robbery and attempted murder.
A brutal purse snatcher was arrested on 86th Street near Stillwell Avenue on Aug. 13 after he battled with a woman who wouldn’t let her purse go.
The victim told police that she was walking along 62nd Street in Bensonhurst at 3 am when the 33-year-old suspect jumped her, knocking her to the ground.
The thug then grabbed the victim’s bag and ran off, dragging the woman along the concrete sidewalk until she struck a tree and let go.
The thief was arrested a short time later after he was caught on camera using one of his victim’s credit cards, police said.
Two men were arrested on Aug. 18 after they grabbed weapons and charged a crowd of opponents.
Officials said the duo, ages 16 and 17, were arguing with the crowd on W. 24th Street between Mermaid and Surf avenues at 8:50 pm when one of the suspects grabbed a heavy wrench. The other grabbed a wooden broomstick.
“Let’s get them, son!” one of the thugs said as they charged the crowd.
But they didn’t get far. Cops nabbed them before they could lay a hand on anyone, charging them with menacing and reckless endangerment.
Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend
A thief held a knife to a livery cab driver’s neck on E. Fourth Street during an Aug. 15 skirmish.
The cabbie told police his base directed him to pick up the passenger between Avenues U and V at 9:45 pm, but when the fare jumped into the back of the cab, he held a knife to his neck and demanded his money and keys.
The thief ran off with a small amount of money, then turned around and chucked the keys to the livery cab back at his victim, police were told.
A thief forced his way into a Stryker Street home on Aug. 22, taking a laptop computer and $800 in jewelry left on the living room desk.
Police were told that the thief forced open a sliding glass door on the side of the Gravesend home, which is between Avenues W and X, sometime after 1 am.
A 19-inch television, DVD player and three model airplanes were among the items removed from a Plumb Third Street home on Aug. 21.
The 88-year-old homeowner said he left his home, which is between Harkness Avenue and Shore Parkway, at noon, not realizing that he accidentally left his rear door unlocked.
Bensonhurst, Bath Beach
Two very relaxed thieves rubbed employees at an 18th Avenue massage parlor the wrong way on Aug. 17.
After getting de-stressed inside the shop, which is between 84th Street and New Utrecht Avenue, at 11:35 pm, the duo pulled guns, taking $3,000 from everyone inside, cops were told.
Thieves crept into David J. Boody Junior High School and removed 16 laptop computers, even though a video camera was positioned right outside the classroom where they were kept!
Despite their crackerjack security, no one learned that the computers were missing from the Avenue S school, which is between W. Fourth and W. Fifth streets, until Aug. 23. They were last seen on July 1, school administrators told police.
There was no word if the video camera recorded the theft by late Tuesday.
Calls to the Department of Education for comment were not returned.
Two thugs tried to knock over an Avenue U store at knife point on Aug. 21, but were arrested moments after they forced their way inside.
A worker at the store, which is between Van Sicklen and Lake streets, said one of the suspects entered demanding the money from the register, but the employee shooed him away.
Angered, the would-be thief said he was going to come back with a friend and the worker “was going to die.”
He and his friend broke the front door as they made their way inside at 4:20 am and pulled knives — right as a police officer was passing by in a patrol car, officials said.
Livery cab drivers had targets painted on their backs last week. Here’s what happened:
• When a cabbie stopped at Kings Highway and W. Eigth Street on Aug. 20 to let two people out at 2:30 am, one of passengers reached over from the back of the seat and put the cabbie in a choke hold. The two then threatened to stab him with an ice pick as they robbed him of $60 and his car keys.
The thieves ran off, but one of them was apprehended a short time later and charged with robbery, police said.
• Then a fiendish fare robbed a livery cab driver of $200 and a phone card after requesting to be dropped off at the exact same spot!
The cabbie picked his passenger up in Borough Park at around 4:30 am. The man said he wanted to go to the corner of Kings Highway W. Eigth Street — but suddenly changed his mind and asked the victim to take him to W. Seventh Street and Highlawn Avenue.
Once they arrived, the man pulled a knife, demanding his cash and car keys, which he dropped on the ground as he made his escape.
A thug attacked another man with a skate during a clash at the corner of New Utrecht Avenue and 66th Street on Aug. 21, but ended up cowering under a nearby car when police were called to the scene.
The victim was nearing the corner at 3:15 am when the suspect jumped him, hitting him in the head with the ice-cutting footwear.
Witnesses called police, who found the 19-year-old assailant hiding under a parked car.
Surrounded and robbed
Four thugs jumped a man on Aug. 20 as he made his way past the corner of 20th Avenue and 82nd Street.
The 23-year-old victim said he was nearing the corner at 1 am when the thieves grabbed him, warning that if he looked back, they would kill him.
They then ran off after snatching the man’s cash and wallet.
A crew of thieves took the tires and rims off a 2010 Honda Accord on Aug. 18 as the vehicle sat near the corner of 19th Avenue and 62nd Street.
The victim said she parked her new car at the spot at 9 pm. She returned the next day, only to find it on blocks.
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