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Mr. Thief’s wild ride
Two car thieves were arrested on Sept. 10 after swiping a car from E. 23rd Street.
The hooligans snagged the hot red 2010 Honda sometime after 3 am as it sat between Avenues W and V, but they didn’t get far.
Cops spotted them near the corner of E. 21st Street and Avenue O, at which point the thieves sped off — sparking a chase that didn’t end until the speedsters slammed their new prize into two parked cars and then tried to escape on foot.
A knife-wielding thief jumped a man delivering food to Avenue W on Sept. 5.
The victim said he had entered a building, which is between Batchelder and Bragg streets, and was about to get into the elevator at 1:35 pm when the suspect flashed his knife and put him in a headlock.
“Give me food and money,” the thief said as he made off with $70 and his order.
Radio Shack renegades
Two men flipped out in a Coney Island Radio Shack on Sept. 13 after arguing with a female employee who didn’t fall for their charms.
Officials said that the thugs, ages 20 and 19, were in a heated spat with the employee inside the store, which is between W. 5th and W. 6th streets, at 8:15 pm when they threatened to get violent.
“I’m the king of Coney Island!” one of the thugs said. “I’m going to bring some girls here and we are going to shoot up the place and kill you bitches!”
But they never got the chance to make good on their threats. Cops arrested them a short time later, charging them with menacing and harassment.
Gnash and grab
A shoplifter hoping to feast on some pinched produce from an 86th Street supermarket on Sept. 10 ended up sinking her teeth into an employee’s arm, police said.
The 21-year-old was arrested at 5:50 pm after she bit the employee as he tried to stop her from leaving the grocery, which is between 19th and 20th avenues.
A 24-year-old thug broke another man’s nose with a wrench on Sept. 13.
The thug attacked during an argument with the victim on Bay Ridge Avenue between New Utrecht and 16th avenues at 8 pm, police said.
A brazen thief broke into an unmarked NYPD police car as it sat on Van Sicklen Street in Gravesend on Sept. 8.
The cop left his cruiser parked between Kings Highway and Avenue S at 11 pm. When he returned a short time later, someone had already removed the car’s navigation system, some important papers and — adding insult to injury — the floor mats.
A thief slipped into an Ocean Avenue apartment on Sept. 7, taking two Coach handbags and an assortment of jewelry from the victim’s bedroom.
The victim told police she mistakenly left her rear window unlocked as she left for the day at 9:30 am. When she returned home, she discovered that someone had already been inside, ransacked the bedroom and fled through the rear door.
A thief broke into a shed behind an E. 24th Street home on Sept. 5, fleeing with five bicycles.
Police said that the 17-year-old thief was caught shortly after the 11 pm break-in between Avenues Y and Z. He was reportedly riding one of the stolen bikes when he was nabbed.
A thief made off with a 2007 Yamaha Jet Ski on Sept. 4 as it bobbed off a Gotham Avenue wharf.
The owner of the water craft said he left it tethered to the Gotham Marina in Gerritsen Beach at 3 pm. By 12:30 pm the next day, it was gone.
Two gun-toting thugs slipped into an E. 13th Street home on Sept. 4, surprising, pistol-whipping and robbing four people they found inside.
Residents of the home between Avenue U and Avenue V said they were asleep at 8 am when the thieves entered through a side window and woke everyone up.
The thugs ordered everyone onto the floor and pistol-whipped three of the victims while ordering the fourth to hand over $700, some jewelry and a pair of pricey Air Jordan sneakers.
A menacing thug made off with jewelry after mugging a man at his front door on Sept. 4.
The 23-year-old was at his front door, which is on the corner of Bay Ridge and 21st avenues, when the thug pulled up in a sedan without license plates, stepped out of the vehicle and said the man should give him something valuable if he “didn’t want to get hurt.”
Believing the threats, the victim went into his home, grabbed a pair of earrings, and gave them to the thief, who left without any fuss.
A thief robbed a 55-year-old man near the corner of Bay 32nd and 86th streets on Sept. 3 after jumping out from behind a tree.
“Keep your head down,” the thief ordered after surprising the victim, putting him in a headlock and running off with his wallet during the 2 am confrontation, police said.
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