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At least three cars were broken into, three motorcycles and two bicycles swiped, and one cabbie ripped off in unrelated vehicular incidents in Park Slope over the last two weeks.

The wheely bad fortnight began at 5:30 pm on May 17, when a man parked his Yamaha motorcycle on Polhemus Place, that quirky one-block street between Garfield and Carroll streets.

The 25-year-old man told cops that his silver chopper — valued at $8,200 — had been secured with a wheel lock that obviously did not deter the crooks.

• Two days later, a woman told cops that her fancy European bicycle had been taken from the parking meter to which she had chained it at around 3 pm.

• One hour later, when she returned to the spot, which was on Seventh Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets, the $600 Bi­anchi bike was gone.

• Then, on May 21, a woman’s 1998 Chrysler Suburban was broken into and $50 in “miscellane­ous items” taken. The car had been parked on Pacific Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues at around 7:30 pm. When she returned to it less than an hour later, she found the telltale broken glass on the street.

• On the same day, a 32-year-old man told cops that his $750 Trek bike — which had been chained to a fence on 12th Street between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West at around 7:30 pm — was gone when he returned to it 90 minutes later.

• The next morning, a man’s Suzuki cycle was stolen from in front of a home on Eighth Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. He told cops he had parked the $7,500 chopper there at 1 am and it was gone eight hours later.

• A few hours later, a woman’s Ford Focus was broken into and robbed of its JVC stereo system, valued at $150. The woman told cops that she had parked the 2000 car at around 2:45 near the Brooklyn Public Library central branch on Grand Army Plaza, and when she returned to it about three hours later, the stereo was gone.

• The next night, a man’s 2000 Agusta chopper was taken from its parking spot on Berkeley Place between Seventh and Eighth avenues. The $10,000 two-wheeler had been parked at around 9 pm on May 23, but was missing when the 24-year-old owner tried to go for a ride the next day at noon.

• Another car was broken into on May 24, cops said. In this case, a 42-year-old woman had parked the 2003 Toyota on Fourth Avenue between Baltic and Warren streets at around 8:15 am. When she returned to it at 5:30, she saw that the back right window had been smashed and her Nextel phone had been taken.

• And on May 26, a livery car driver said one of his passengers ran out of the cab with the driver’s handbag, which contained $432, credit cards and vitamins.

The cabbie, a 40-year-old Staten Island woman, told cops that she had picked up the passenger at around 1 pm outside 390 Fifth Ave. But at some point during the ride, the perp — whose description consists solely of his “dark” skin tone and his “Caesar”-style haircut — jumped out with the driver’s bag.

Burglar nabbed

A hapless burglar broke into an apartment on Prospect Park West on May 26 and filled his pockets with jewelry and collectible coins, but was nabbed by cops as he tried to get away on the fire escape, police said.

Cops said that the 43-year-old cat burglar had used the same fire escape to break into the fourth-floor apartment, which is between 10th and 11th streets, at around 10 pm.

Once inside, he grabbed a box containing 57 pairs of earrings, four rings, four necklaces, 31 antique coins and $117 in other cash, plus a digital camera. But he never made it back to street level before the cops nabbed him and charged him with burglary.

Pool haul

One thing that all perps should keep in mind: If you’re going to bash a club bouncer over the head with a beer bottle — and then steal his chain — you probably should not leave behind your backpack and your ID card.

One Bushwick man will soon learn that lesson, as cops have his name and address from a May 25 incident in which he may have been involved.

According to police, the man and his friends were drinking beer as they left a popular pool hall on Fifth Avenue between 14th and 15th streets at around 9:30 pm.

When the security guard stopped them and asked them to return inside the building with their open containers, the gang turned on him, bashing his head with the beer bottles and stealing his chain.

The men were long gone by the time cops arrived, but the officers caught a big break: one of the alleged assaulters had left his knapsack behind.

The ID card not only had the possible perp’s name and address, but also a picture of his face, which comes in handy for detectives.

Bus bumping

A woman lost her fancy designer cellphone in a clean pick on the B71 bus on May 24.

The woman immediately told the driver to stop the bus after she felt someone bump into her at around 2:10 pm. When she searched her left pocket, the “limited edition,” $500 Diane von Furstenburg Sidekick was gone.

The bus driver had pulled over at the corner of Union Street and Seventh Avenue, but the pickpocket could not be found.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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