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A 26-year-old man was robbed of his cellphone by two men who first wanted to know the time of day on March 30.

Police said the victim had been followed as he walked on Bay Ridge Avenue between Ridge and Third avenues when two men asked him for the time. (It was 2:21 pm, by the way.)

The victim pulled out his cellphone to check, but when he turned his back, the violent thieves threw the good Samaritan to the ground, causing injury to his head and arms.

A quick canvass after the attack was reported to police resulted in the arrest of the two men, aged 18 and 20.

Friends like this

A 48-year-old woman returned home to her 73rd Street apartment to discover that someone had stolen $1,150 on March 29.

The victim told cops that a friend had given her the money the night before and had watched where she hid it.

Police are looking into it.

Jilted Jetta

Vandals broke into a woman’s black Jetta, making off with credit cards and $140.

Law & disorder

A Fort Hamilton Parkway law office was ransacked on March 29.

A man called police after he noticed the law firm’s door was forced open and the office in total disarray at 7:45 am. It was unknown what the perps were after of if anything was missing.

Police interviewed three people and also noticed that the roof window was open.

Fonz crook

A 43-year-old man returned home to his Fort Hamilton apartment at around 2:30 pm on March 29 and discovered that his door was open and $9,000 in cash and property were stolen.

The victim reported he was robbed of $2,000, jewelry valued at $5,000, and two leather jackets valued at $1,000 each.

Police are on the look out for the sharp-dressed villain.

House party

A man helped catch two of his former friends after they assaulted and robbed him on April 2.

The perps came over to the victim’s 67th Street apartment at around 2 am and started attacking him. The thugs took $100 and fled the apartment, which is near 18th Avenue.

But they didn’t get far, as cops caught them in the elevator. So in the end, the man lost a couple of friends, but got his money back.

Napping nab

An elderly woman had her purse and jewelry snatched during an afternoon nap in her 18th Avenue apartment on April 1.

The 68-year-old woman awoke at around 2:30 pm to find the front door open, and her property missing. The perp had broken into the home, which is near 72nd Street, and swiped the pocketbook, which contained $115, credit and debit cards, police said.

There were no witnesses.

Got wallet?

A man had his cash and credit cards snatched after forgetting his wallet on the counter of a New Utrecht Avenue convenience store on April 1.

The man was paying for his food at around 11 pm and remembered only after he had left the store, which is near 65th Street, that he forgot the wallet. When he came back to get it, the thieves had already taken $50, including credit and debit cards, police said.

No one in the store — not even the cashier — saw the perps take the dough.

Pizza problem

A pizza deliveryman was mugged on March 31 after being lured into an elevator by what he thought was a friendly tenant.

The thug let the deliveryman into the West First Street apartment building, which is near Avenue P, at around 9 pm. The punk then followed the victim into the elevator, where he punched and threatened the deliveryman with a knife. The punk snatched $40, and the pizza man’s gold bracelet, police said.

The thief fled down Avenue P. Unfortunately no one was able to get a good look at the criminal.

Stake out

A man helped nab one of the two thugs who broke into his car on March 29.

The car had been parked on 21st Drive, which is near 20th Avenue. At around 7 am, the victim saw one perp punch in his driver-side window and the other remove more than $1,000 worth of electronics from his car, police said. The man chased the punks to get a better look at them.

One punk was caught soon after being identified by the victim, but his partner-in-crime is still out there.

Teen mischief

A woman came home to her Bay 41st apartment on March 29 to find her bedroom window open and her property missing.

The thug had broken into the home, which is near Bath Avenue, and swiped $250 and electronics, police said.

The victim states she saw her son’s friend running from her driveway at the time of the burglary, and suspects he did it.

Early break-in

A man returned to his West Sixth Street apartment on March 26 to find his front door damaged and his savings gone.

The thieves had broken into the home, which is near Avenue P, and swiped more than $7,000 including his jewelry, police said.

Unfortunately, no one was able to get a good look at the criminals. — with Michael Giardina

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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