Ice cream man bound & robbed in violent heist

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The owner of the Ben and Jerry’s on Atlantic Avenue was bound and robbed by an armed bandit on March 23.

The 42-year-old said he wasn’t hurt during the high-noon attack by an angry, foul-mouthed thug packing a black gun and a roll of Duct tape.

“Get in the back! Where’s the money?” the robber insisted after he pushed his way through the back door of the store, which is between Court and Clinton streets.

The brute ordered the victim — who was working alone — into the back and forced him to tie his own legs together, using the robber’s gray tape. Next, he ordered the bound man to open a safe and remove the cash — then stole his Rolex, for good measure. The robber ran off with $900 and the timepiece, leaving the owner hobbled, but unhurt.

Police are looking for a 6-foot-tall, dark-skinned Hispanic man weighing around 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black mask.

Overnight thief

Call it a one-night-stand from hell. And let’s hope it’s just one night.

Residents of Boerum Hill got an unwanted visitor on March 21, police said.

The caper — during which no one was injured and nothing was stolen — began at a home on Atlantic Avenue, near Bond Street, around 11:30 pm, when a 43-year-old man found a stranger banging on his garden-floor door, insisting that he had lost his keys.

When he questioned the keyless fellow, the man bolted and leapt over a fence encircling the yard of a Pacific Street home.

Next, the would-be thief crept a few doors down and had better luck. Just 15 minutes after the first incident, someone sneaked in through an unlocked door to the basement of a Pacific Street home and confronted a 14-year-old girl downstairs.

When the teen begged him not to harm her, the girl’s father heard the burglar respond: “I won’t hurt you. I’m just hiding from the police because I broke a window.”

The father rushed downstairs to aid his daughter, but the sound of his steps scared away the prowler. But the would-be thief — who identified himself to the girl as “Jason” — didn’t go too far, hiding in a nearby backyard until 9 am.

That’s when the prowler crashed through the back window of a Pacific Street home. The owner, who was remodeling the house, was surprised to see the man — but not so stunned that he couldn’t summon police.

Police Officer Petlyn Job, with the 84th Precinct, arrested the prowler, a 24-year-old man, on multiple burglary charges when she arrived at the Pacific Street house. The suspect gave her a false name, but eventually cops matched him to the ID found in a black backpack that they discovered in back of an Atlantic Avenue residence on the same block.

Newsstand heist

A Livingston Street newspaper vendor got an unwanted scoop on an armed robbery — his own — on March 25, police said.

The 35-year-old clerk made the papers at around 11:30 am, when a thief with a black gun rushed him at his newsstand near Bond Street. The robber raided the cash box, grabbing approximately $600, and took off running toward the Fulton Mall.

Sorry thief

An apologetic burglar with a lame excuse swiped an iPod and cash from a woman he surprised in a Jay Street apartment on March 22, police said.

The 43-year-old was in her bedroom at home, near Gold Street, when the prowler kicked in her door, around 5:30 pm.

“Sorry, I didn’t know anyone lives here,” he announced as he rushed through the door into the home, where a 19-year-old woman also was staying.

The thief snatched the popular digital music player, a Coach handbag worth $300, a calculator and $400 before dashing off. The women told police they couldn’t identify the robber.

Cars clipped

Thieves stole at least two vehicles this week — one from DUMBO and another from Brooklyn Heights.

On March 19, sometime between 8 am and 4:30 pm, someone swiped a 1999 Nissan from a spot on York Street. The 40-year-old owner left the car near Gold Street and returned to find no sign of the gray Altima.

And between 1 pm on March 22 and 12:30 pm on March 24, thieves grabbed a 1991 Lexus from Poplar Street. The 24-year-old owner left the white sedan, with Pennsylvania plates, near Hicks Street, but when she returned it was gone.

Stones swiped

Talk about a lack of class.

Someone stole a box with $1,000 worth of class rings and other valuables from a truck parked near the fire department building on Flatbush Avenue Extension, police said.

The 42-year-old victim, a Long Island man, left the truck outside the building, near Myrtle Avenue, around 11:30 am on March 24. He locked the door and went inside for a few hours.

When he checked the truck again, shortly before 2 pm, there was no damage, but several items had been stolen. Missing was a framed photograph from an exhibit, worth $100, a box of office supplies, a sales kit from the class ring company, with stones and other samples, worth $150, and the box with dozens of rings.

Checked out

A purse-snatcher needed less than five minutes to do his shopping at an Atlantic Avenue store on March 19, police said.

The victim, an 18-year-old employee, had stashed her bag under the counter while she went about her business in the store, which is near Henry Street.

At around 6 pm, she noticed that the bag — which contained eyeglasses, a set of keys, and an orange wallet with credit cards, various IDs, and $370 — was no longer there.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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