Tunnel rats hit Ave. U bank

Bank break-in

Thieves tunneled their way into the Sovereign Bank on Avenue U and McDonald Avenue on Dec. 7, but despite all their efforts, they took nothing.

Bank employees said the thieves cut two holes into the roof — right into the vault area — at 11:45 pm.

But the thieves must have left in a hurry, police surmise: besides not taking anything, the thieves left two ladders behind.

iPhone grabbers

Two thugs jumped a woman on Avenue H and on Dec. 6, taking her iPhone.

The woman was nearing E. 17th Street at 1:08 pm when the thugs approached.

One of the men pulled up his shirt, revealing the gun tucked into his waistband, before both men ran off with the pricey status symbol.

Cops had apprehended one of the two thieves that night. His accomplice was still in large by Tuesday.

Struck with bottle

A thug attacked a man with a bottle on Flatbush Avenue on Dec. 13, leaving his victim with a slight injury.

Witnesses told police that the two men were arguing between Avenues H and I on 12:30 am when the suspect grabbed the bottle and cracked it over his opponent’s head.

Cops caught up with the brute a short time later, charging him with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Wireless weariness

A brute busted into the Z-Com Wireless store on Avenue U on Dec. 7, taking 28 cellphones.

Two laptop computers and a computer notebook were also removed from the store, which is between E. 27th and E. 28th streets, sometime after 4 pm.

Thieves pried open the roll down security gate, then shattered the glass door with a rock in order to get inside, employees told police.

Jimmy’s jack

Someone broke into Jimmy’s on Avenue U on Dec. 4, taking 23 leather jackets.

Workers at the store, which is between West and E. First streets said thieves shattered the front store window in order to get inside sometime after 9 pm.

Deli devils

Someone broke into USA Super Deli on Avenue U on Nov. 28, taking $3,000 in cash and $2,550 in cigarettes.

The thieves cut a hole into the store wall, which is between E. 19th Street and Ocean Avenue, sometime after midnight.

Shotgun menace

Two shotgun-sporting thugs raided Nova Wine and Liquors on Avenue S on Nov. 27.

Workers said the suspects barrelled into the store, which is between E. 29th Street and Nostrand Avenue, at 7:53 pm, surprising the two employees inside.

The thieves dragged their victims into the basement, forced them on their bellies and tied them up with duct tape.

They then removed the victims’ cash and cellphones, cops were told.

Bank boob

A thief tried to knock over a Ralph Avenue bank on Dec. 10 — not knowing that two cops were using the ATM in the lobby at the time.

Workers told police that the 34-year-old thief, a Canarsie resident, entered the Capital One Bank, which is between Avenues K and L, at 9:47 am wearing a ski mask and holding a laundry bag.

When the brazen boob reached a teller, he told the bank employee to “fill the bag up” with the money from her cash drawer.

But his appearance surprised bankers — at least one of whom ran up to two cops who had just walked into the bank, reporting a robbery in progress.

The cops jumped into action — right when the thief turned to leave with his sack full of cash — placing the thief into custody without incident.

More bank failures

A thief stormed a Flatbush Avenue bank on Dec. 3, but ultimately ran off empty-handed.

Workers told police that the thief waited on line at 10:38 am, then handed a teller a note on yellow paper, demanding money.

But the thief got cold feet and fled when the teller stepped away from the window, cops were told.

Cashing in

A thief entered a Kings Highway restaurant on Dec. 5, taking $80.

Workers at the eatery, which is near E. 40th Street, said the 30-year-old thief approached the register with his hand in his pocket, as if he was holding a gun.

Cop kicker busted

A 56-year-old man wigged out against a group of cops on Dec. 2, kicking one of the police officers in the head.

Police said the suspect was being arrested on an unrelated charge at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Shore Parkway at 12:20 am when he decided to fight off the officers.

Window breaker

A thief tried to break into an Avenue L home on Nov. 30, but ended up fleeing empty-handed after shattering a bedroom window with a hammer.

The 74-year-old homeowner, who lives near E. 31st Street, told police that the attempted burglary took place at 11:15 am.

Clothing mill

A thief broke into a Mill Basin home on Nov. 30, taking an assortment of clothes and electronics.

A tenant inside the E. 53rd Place home, which is between Avenues T and U, said he wasn’t sure how the thief got inside.

Up in smoke

A crook broke into a delivery truck parked on Flatlands Avenue on Dec. 1, taking 19 cartons of cigarettes.

The truck was parked near E. 40th Street when a teenage thief clipped the padlock and forced the side door open, cops were told.

Bag snatch

A thug jumped a 47-year-old woman near the corner of Avenue J and Troy Avenue on Nov. 30, taking her purse.

The thief ripped the bag right off the woman’s shoulder as he ran by her at 2:55 pm, cops were told.

ATM pillage

Someone busted into an ATM in front of a Flatlands Avenue bodega on Nov. 29.

Police said that the money distribution machine near E. 36th Street was cracked open at 8 pm, and $3,670 was taken.

Car loot

Thieves broke into a car parked on Flatlands Avenue and Avenue I on Dec. 4, taking an assortment of electronics and personal items.

The 61-year-old owner of the car said he parked at the corner at 10:30 am and left the vehicle. He returned a few hours later, only to learn that someone had broken the driver’s side window and removed a navigation system, iPod, checkbook and some credit cards.

Help wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood 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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