Hair-raising heist

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Talk about a bad hair day.

A 16-year-old girl suffered through a painful hair scare when a robber held her up — by the tresses — during a March 10 heist aboard the D train, police said.

The girl got on board the Brooklyn-bound subway at 3:30 pm, up in Harlem, and quickly dozed off. She awoke when a thug shook her, demanding, “Wake up b—h, give me your sh—!”

The thief grabbed the victim by her long locks and pulled until she turned over her valuables. The robber ran off the train when it pulled into Atlantic Avenue, around 4 pm. He got away with her cellphone and $500 in jewelry.


Two thugs robbed an Adelphi Street man of nearly $800 inside the elevator of his own building on the night of St. Patrick’s Day, police said.

The 50-year-old victim arrived home, near Lafayette Avenue, shortly before midnight. The strangers followed him into the building, waited with him for the lift and crowded onto the car with him once it arrived.

But once inside, their tone changed. “Don’t panic, just give me your money,” one man insisted, as the other rifled the victim’s pockets. They bound the man’s hands with his scarf, but left him otherwise uninjured.

Specs stolen

A thief armed with some kind of blade swiped a pair of eyeglasses and a discount MP3 player from a man on Park Avenue last week, police said.

The 60-year-old victim, a Bay Ridge resident who works in Fort Greene, near Ryerson Street, was attacked around 2:30 pm on March 9 — but didn’t tell police about the heist until March 14.

The robber sneaked up behind the man and stuck some kind of sharp object into his back, insisting, “Don’t turn around. You know what’s good for you!” He also shoved the victim up against a wall and grabbed the shopping bag from his hand before bolting.

Without his glasses, the victim couldn’t describe the thief in detail.

Delivery heist

A gang of five thugs beat and robbed a delivery man after he stopped on Clinton Avenue on March 16, police said.

The 28-year-old victim had just delivered an order of Middle Eastern food to a home near Fulton Street, around 8:30 pm, when someone grabbed him from behind. The man held him as four other brutes pummeled the victim and took his cash and credit cards.

Pillow fight

A Staten Island woman was brutally beaten by an acquaintance who packed a pillowcase full of bottles and attacked her on Fort Greene Place on March 15, police said.

The 27-year-old victim was jumped from behind after she parked her car near Lafayette Avenue around 6 pm. The attacker rushed her with the weighted sack and swung it repeatedly into the back of her legs, knocking her to the pavement.

“I’m going to shoot you in the face,” the woman also threatened.

Luckily, she didn’t follow through and the victim was left with scratches on her elbows and thighs. Police have the name and full details about the attacker, but it was not clear what prompted her violence.

Cell swipe

A bike-riding robber stole a cellphone from a teenager crossing Lafayette Avenue on March 12, police said.

The 17-year-old victim had just stepped off a bus at the corner of Grand Avenue and was headed for the grocery store when she was robbed.

The thief peddled up fast and swiped the teen’s Sidekick before speeding off on Grand Street. Police are looking for a 5-foot-8, 135-pound black male around age 17, dressed in a black jacket and blue jeans.


Instead of patients suffering from the shock of hospital accounting, this time it was the institution that was in for a surprise.

Officials at Brooklyn Hospital, on Dekalb Avenue, discovered that someone had cashed two checks on the hospital’s account for $92,125 earlier this month, police said. They reported the missing money to police on March 14.

Between March 2 and March 5, a pair of Fleet Bank checks were cashed at a Washington Mutual bank in New Jersey. The checks were from a series that the hospital hasn’t even started to use, officials told police.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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