Thugs held up a Flatbush Avenue store on Jan. 10, but were unable to open the safe.
Workers at the store, which is near Avenue M, said the suspects entered the store at 11 am, pulled a gun and then went behind the counter, where they emptied the register.
They then tried to open the safe, but left after they couldn’t budge the door.
Caught in the act
A thief busted his way into an Avenue I home on Jan. 13, but made a hasty retreat as soon as he was discovered.
The 17-year-old resident told police that she was inside the home, which is near E. 40th Street, at 1:30 pm when the thief kicked in the front door.
But when he realized she was watching him, he ran, escaping in a white van.
A clothing diva was arrested on Jan. 11 when he was caught stealing $1,310 worth of garments from a Kings Plaza store.
Cops apprehended the thief after store security guards thwarted the 3:08 pm theft.
Two hooligans jumped a 30-year-old man in his own driveway on E. 31st Street on Jan. 10, taking his cellphone.
The victim was nearing his home, which is near Avenue J, at 9:50 pm when the two men stopped him in his tracks. The thugs snatched his cellphone, then demanded his money, but stormed off without the cash.
A trio of thieves jumped a Flatbush Avenue tattoo parlor employee just moments after he opened the store on Jan. 16.
The employee said he was raising the gates to his business, which is near Avenue N, at 2:05 pm when the goons attacked, leaving him with a deep cut that needed medical attention.
The thieves ran off with the victim’s wallet and tattoo license.
A thief broke into a home on Mayfair Drive North in Mill Island on Jan. 10, but it was unclear if anything was taken.
The victim, who lives near E. 66th Street, told police that someone forced the rear door as he entered at 10:30 am.
A thug jumped a 61-year-old woman on Flatlands Avenue on Dec. 26, taking her purse.
The victim was approaching E. 54th Street at 12:30 am when the suspect grabbed her mouth and robbed her.
Toys ‘R’ robbed
A crew of Christmas grinches tunnelled into the Toys ‘R Us on Flatbush Avenue on Dec. 26, but ran off empty-handed after failing to crack the safe.
Workers told police that the thieves triggered an alarm inside the store, which is near Avenue U, at 12:30 am.
The thieves were gone when police arrived, leaving behind a ripped open roof and a damaged — but locked — safe. Nothing was taken, store employees said.
A thief caught rummaging through a car parked on Quentin Road on Jan. 14 ended up crashing his own car during a harried police chase.
Witnesses reportedly spotted the 34-year-old thief break into a 2008 Audi while it sat parked between E. 21st and E. 22nd streets at 9:15 am, but didn’t report it until 12:30 pm.
Cops later spotted the thief in the area in a different car and gave chase. The thief sped the wrong way down a one-way street and slammed into a fence during his botched escape attempt.
Biased hooligans attacked a 2011 BMW parked on E. 13th Street on Jan. 13, swiping the side view mirrors, splashing the rear window with black paint and scratching a swastika in the hood.
The 40-year-old owner of the luxury car said he parked his vehicle between Avenues S and T at 10:15 pm. When he returned to it at 7:30 am the following morning, the vandals had already left their fear-filled message.
A thief turned in a broken laptop for a working one on Jan. 14 during a visit to a computer repair shop on Avenue U.
Workers at the business, which is between E. 18th and E. 19th streets, said the thief entered the store at 5:45 pm, dropped off the broken computer, and plucked a working one from a display case as he headed toward the door.
Nabbed in car
A 20-year-old thief was arrested on Jan. 14 after he was caught rifling through a car parked in an E. 14th Street garage.
Cops found the thief looting through the cabin of the car at 7 am as it sat parked in the garade, which is between Kings Highway and Avenue R.
A thief entered a Quentin Road store on Jan. 16 — only to run off with an employee’s wallet.
Workers at the store, which is between Kings Highway and Coney Island Avenue, said that the wallet, as well as $300 and some credit cards, was taken off a table sometime before 1 pm.
Two graffiti vandals, the youngest 15, the oldest 17, were arrested on Jan. 15 when they were caught leaving their tags at the corner of Brigham Street and Avenue U.
Cops apprehended the two teens at 2:35 am, finding pens, nine cans of spray paint and a marker on them.
Tire thieves were rolling around the area last week. Here’s what happened:
• Thieves swiped the tires and rims off a 2010 Honda Accord parked on E. 17th Street on Jan. 14 — leaving the brand new car on cinder blocks.
The car’s 27-year-old owner said she parked the vehicle between Avenues S and T and later found that the wheels were removed sometime during the night.
• Four tires were removed from a 2011 Honda parked on E. 12th Street on Jan. 9.
Thieves had plenty of time to raid the car — its 70-year-old owner said that it was parked between Kings Highway and Avenue R for six days before the theft had been discovered.
• Goons removed two tires and rims from a 2010 Nissan Maxima parked on E. 12th Street on Jan. 15.
As in the earlier theft, the car was parked between Kings Highway and Avenue R when the thief swiped its wheels, leaving one side of it resting on a cinder block.
• The owner of a 2010 Nissan Maxima returned to his car, which was parked at the corner of Avenue S and E. 16th Street, on Jan. 15, only to find that two tires were missing.
The 28-year-old owner told police that the car had only been parked for seven hours before he found it teetering to one side.
A thief broke into a 29-year-old woman’s car on E. 10th Street on Jan. 8, rifling through the cabin.
The victim said she left her 2004 Infiniti parked between Kings Highway and Avenue R at 2 pm when someone broke the front window, taking $400 and some credit cards.
A goon broke into a 2010 Lexus left on E. Eighth Street on Jan. 7, taking some credit cards, $500 and a checkbook.
The thief smashed the window to the car as it sat parked between Avenue P and Quentin Road sometime between 4 and 6:30 pm, the victim told police.
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