Crime never pays — but it can work up a sweat.
This was the lesson at a Third Avenue candy store, which was looted out of almost $6,000 worth of cash and merchandise on May 23.
The 46-year-old owner closed the store, which is near 74th Street, at 7 pm, only to return the next morning to find the locks to his gate clipped, the front door lock broken, and his store ransacked.
Cops say the perp made off with an ATM, two boxes containing $2,000, phone cards valued at $800, $2,400 worth of assorted cigarettes, and $200 worth of deodorant.
The police are on the scent.
A 30-year-old man left his Fifth Avenue apartment for work and came home to find his front door broken and his property stolen on May 23.
The victim returned to his apartment, which is near 82nd Street, around 7 pm, when he discovered that someone had broken through the front door and helped himself to a laptop, three cellphones and $2.
A 27-year-old man locked up his 13th Avenue cigar store at around 4 pm on May 24, and returned the next morning to discover that someone had pushed through his wall and made off with some cash.
Cops say the perp punched through the south wall of the store, which is attached to an apartment building near 73rd Street, and made off with $3,160 and two cartons of cigarettes before fleeing through the hole.
Four men were arrested after they attacked a 35-year-old man early one morning on the N train on May 24.
The assault happened at 3:50 am, after the victim hopped the Manhattan-bound train at the 62nd Street station. That is when four young men grabbed him from behind, punched him in the face and stomach, then used a knife to cut his pocket and steal his cellphone and wallet.
The victim quickly alerted authorities, who later nabbed the four men — ages 16, 19, 21, and 25 — and recovered the stolen property.
Cops say all four men are all being charged with gang assault causing physical injury.
A 35-year-old man parked his 1996 Dodge Caravan on 79th Street near Fifth Avenue at 5:30 pm on May 24, and returned at 7 am the next morning to discover it missing.
Cops say there was no broken glass at the scene. They remain on the lookout for the van, valued at $4,500.
A man helped catch a burglar who broke into his 81st Street apartment building on May 28.
The victim returned to his building, which is near Bay Parkway, at around 10:20 am, and saw the thug breaking into a basement door. That’s when the victim nabbed the thug, who was caught with $250 in one hand, and his burglary tools in the other, police said.
The victim waited for police to arrive, holding the 18-year-old thief. No word yet if the 62nd Precinct hired the 38-year-old hero.
A woman returned to her Lake Street apartment to find a side door open and her cash, jewelry and medication missing on May 25.
The 37-year-old victim came back to her apartment, which is near Kings Highway, at around 11 am. She discovered that the thieves had broken in and took $600, including jewelry and medication, police said.
No neighbors saw the daytime swipe.
A woman shopping in an 86th Street department store had her wallet swiped on May 25.
The 62-year-old victim was waiting on the line to pay for her items at the store, which is near 18th Avenue. At around 7:30 pm, she reached into her purse for her wallet, but came up empty.
Meanwhile, the thief got away with $500, including credit and debit cards, police said.
A teenage girl who was robbed at the N train’s New Utrecht stop later helped catch the thug who took her $400 cellphone and threatened her with a box cutter on May 25, police said.
She was exiting the station, which is near 62nd street, at around 2 pm, when the 15-year-old punk stopped her and swiped the cellphone from her front pocket. He fled down 16th Avenue, but was later caught, thanks to a positive ID from the victim.
The cellphone was returned to the 17-year-old Sheepshead Bay HS student.
Two workers at a Bay Parkway department store had their lockers broken into and their property stolen on May 24.
The employees returned to their lockers at around 6 pm to find their purses on the floor, and their cellphones, credit and debit cards missing, police said. The lockers are within the department store, which is near Cropsey Avenue.
An Avenue P resident had his car broken into, and his navigational system stolen, on May 22.
The victim had parked the car on Avenue P, near West First Street, and discovered the break-in at around 11 pm. The thieves broke the rear passenger window to take the system, which is worth $1,200, police said.
An elderly woman was conned into giving money and jewelry to a stranger who drove her home on May 22.
The 84-year-old woman first met the stranger on 23rd Avenue, near 86th Street, at around 10:30 am. They began talking when the criminal offered to take her home.
Then, things got fishy. The thief told the victim that she was very sick and that the only way to get better was for the victim to give her all of her money. She ran into the house and gave the thug $1,500 in cash, and a necklace worth $2,000, police said.
The thief fled the scene in a silver four-door sedan.
A dastardly duo was caught in the act of breaking into a Benson Ave home on May 22.
Neighbors alerted police that they saw a woman climbing through a window of the apartment at around 3 pm. Police rushed to the building, which is near Bay 19th Street, to find a woman outside holding a baby as the lookout, and the climber inside the apartment with property in hand, police said.
Both were taken into custody on burglary charges.