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A 22-year-old man was robbed by three men who took $70, two bags of marijuana, and, apparently, their victim’s common sense on March 10.

Police said the victim had been followed into the bathroom of a bar at Third Avenue and 92nd Street, where he was physically threatened by the three strangers as he was about to answer nature’s call at 3:45 am.

The man told police he turned over the cash, and two plastic bags filled with pot.

Cops are on the lookout for the perps, but didn’t think too highly of the victim either.

“We should have arrested that man for stupidity,” a police source said.

No way home

The recent string of navigation system heists found another casualty on March 24.

In the third reported map-swipe in the last nine days, a 26-year old woman returned to her car at 5 pm only to discover her driver’s-side door lock had been pulled out of her 2004 Cadillac Escalade and her navigation system, valued at $1,500, was missing.

She told cops that the car had been parked on 12th Avenue near 75th Street.

Wheels swiped

A new Mazda, valued at $38,694, was stolen from in front of a house on Fourth Avenue near 76th Street on March 25, cops said.

The 31-year old victim told police she looked for her car at 4 pm, but it had gone missing, along with a navigation system, valued at $350 and an additional $1,850 worth of accessories.

Police are on the lookout.

Out of the closet

A 27-year-old woman returned to her Fort Hamilton Avenue apartment at 6:50 pm to discover that someone had raided her bedroom closet and stolen more than $4,000 in jewels on March 25.

The victim told police that her collection included a diamond-and-gold wedding band.

Police are questioned neighbors in the building, which is near 92nd Street.

Brass knuckles

A 16-year-old girl was sliced in the face by a perp with brass knuckles at the corner of Ridge Boulevard and 90th Street on March 12.

It’s unclear what sparked the violence, but the victim told cops that she was walking down the street at 2:30 pm and had gotten into an argument with a stranger.

Police said the victim did not want to press charges.

Unholy heist!

A Bay Parkway synagogue parishioner had her purse stolen on March 21 as she was praying.

The woman was in the synagogue, which is near 79th Street, at around 10 am, but when she finished her rituals, she noticed that her bag — which contained $2,500 and a cellphone — was gone.

Unfortunately, no one was able to get a good look at the crook.

Old-timer swipe

An elderly woman was the victim of the old bump and run, when she had her wallet snatched as she was shopping in an 86th Street convenience store on March 23.

The 76-year-old woman was in the store, which is near Bay 32nd Street, at around 1 pm, when she felt a bump from an unknown person. When she left the store, she realized her wallet was gone, which contained $45.

The woman failed to get a good look at the thief.

Wallet fumble

A man’s wife dropped his wallet while they were shopping in an 86th Street supermarket on March 23 — and the pair watched in horror as a fleet-footed female thief plucked it and ran.

The wallet hit the floor at around 2:30 pm — and disappeared seconds later. The billfold contained $35, including credit and debit cards.

Neither husband nor wife got a good look at the criminal as she fled the store, which is near 18th Avenue.

Thief nabbed

Cops nabbed a perp who swiped a woman’s purse in a Bath Avenue grocery store on March 21.

The woman had laid her purse aside as she paid for her groceries at 10:30 pm. Seeing this, the criminal took advantage, grabbing the purse and running out the bodega, which is near Bay 14th Street.

He was later picked-up. The woman had her belongings — including her passport — returned.

Nightly theft

A woman came home to her 83rd Street apartment on March 22, to find her front door unlocked and nearly $4,000 stolen, police said.

She noticed the crime at around 9 pm when she returned to the home, which is near 14th Avenue.

Brain lock

A man returned to his 67th Street apartment on March 21 to find the front door open and his property gone.

The man came back to his home, which is near New Utrecht Avenue, at around 10 am. He found more than $600 missing, including jewelry, police said.

The man told police that his son left his key in the front door. His neighbors however, were not around to ID the robber.

Dirty laundry

Thieves broke into a Cropsey Avenue Laundromat on March 21, taking more $3,650, police said.

At around 7:30 pm, the crooks cut through the security locks of a side door to get into the Laundromat, which is near Bay 17th Street.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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