Ratner robbed at Atlantic Yards

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One of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards construction sites was robbed of hundreds of dollars in equipment, cops said.

According to the police report, Forest City Ratner Companies said that unknown perps entered the construction site — on Pacific Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues — between 1:30 pm on Aug. 1 and 9 am on Aug. 3 and stole two $300 saws, two $300 drill sets, a $500 generator, and a $400 hammer.

It is unclear why no one apparently noticed the alleged crime for most of the day Wednesday and all of Thursday before it was reported to the 78th Precinct on Friday morning.

The company official who reported the alleged burglary told The Brooklyn Paper that he could not speak to the press about the reported incident.

BAM bust

Thieves broke into the Garfield Place apartment of Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins and stole thousands in fancy jewels on July 27, cops said.

Hopkins told police that the break-in at the apartment, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues, occurred between July 27 and July 30 and resulted in the loss of a long string of white pearls, a short pearl choker, a rose gold watch, a diamond watch, a large round diamond, pearl earrings, a silver chain, a liquid silver necklace and, sacre bleu, a medal once given to by the French government

Hand job

A perp was arrested for stealing a handtruck from a Sixth Avenue church in a brazen midday theft on Aug. 1, cops said.

A witness to the robbery told cops that she saw the thug — who was arrested minutes after the 11:40 am heist — leaving the church basement with the orange hauling device. She called cops, who canvassed the area and got their man, a 51-year-old.

Spa bummer

A popular Fifth Avenue day spa lost a laptop computer off a front reception desk in a quick, closing-time theft on July 30.

Cops said that three men rushed into the store at around 6:10 pm and grabbed the laptop off the spa’s front desk — a quick-hit crime that has been occurring with increasing regularity along commercial avenues.

Indeed, the next day, a kid’s clothing store lost its laptop in a remarkably similar heist.

A worker at the kid’s store, between 13th and 14th streets, told cops that two men entered at around 3:15 pm, unplugged the laptop, grabbed two cellphones and left.

Big break-ins

A robber swiped a fancy laptop computer out of an Eighth Avenue and Eighth Street apartment on Aug. 2, cops said.

The tenant, a 26-year-old woman, told police that when she returned home at around 9 pm, she discovered her rear window was open, her bedroom ransacked and her computer, valued at $2,000.

She also lost a New Yorker tote bag, valued at $10, she said.

Another apartment — this one on President Street between Third and Fourth avenues — was robbed on the same day. Cops said the thief or thieves broke the deadbolt on the front door during their 3 pm heist, which yielded a $3,000 laptop, a $400 black diamond necklace, a $300 digital camera and a checkbook.

Sword dancer

A Second Street resident lost a laptop computer, a digital camera, a video camera and a decorative sword in a daylight break-in on July 30.

Cops said the perp or perp entered through a window of the flat, which is at Fifth Avenue, between 9:30 am and 9 pm. The decorative sword was valued at $100, but had vast personal value, a source said.

Twilight mug

Four thugs surrounded a 51-year-old man and mugged him for $80 on July 25, cops said.

The victim told police that he was walking on Sterling Place between Sixth and Seventh avenues at around 7 pm when the men surrounded him.

One of the thugs roughed him up a bit, and stole the cash from his pocket before the entire gang ran away. The man was not hurt badly, cops said.

Copper is gold

Thieves knew what to take from a commercial building on Sterling Place, breaking in after hours to swipe thousands of dollars worth of copper piping, cops said.

The owner of the building, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, told cops that sometime between July 23 and July 25, a thief or thieves broke in and stole about 90 pieces of piping of various lengths. The total value of the haul was put at $2,929.

Eatery gulped

A popular Mediterranean restaurant on Fifth Avenue was broken into after closing time on Aug. 5 and cash, credit cards and iPods were stolen, police said.

The owner of the restaurant, which is at Prospect Place, told cops he had closed shortly after midnight, but returned to find that the cash register had been bashed open and $200 missing.

Also stolen were five credit cards that diners had mistakenly left behind, plus the two iPods.

D’oh, nuts!

It was time to rob the cash register for a team of perps who busted into a famous donut franchise at the precise moment when workers were transferring cash on Aug. 2, cops said.

Two men smashed through the back door of the eatery, which is on Third Avenue at 14th Street and one displayed a black handgun during the 9:10 pm robbery. Workers handed over $170 and the perps fled.

Hospital pain

A purse belonging to a woman visiting a patient at New York Methodist Hospital was stolen from a room on July 30.

The 72-year-old victim told cops that she was in the room at the Sixth Street hospital at around noon, but left for a few minutes. When she returned, her bag — containing credit cards, keys, ID and $32 — was gone.

Hospital security made the rounds, but turned up nothing, cops said.

Wheely bad time

At least three cars were stolen off Park Slope streets last week. Here’s the wheel story:

• A Pittsburg woman parked her 2000 Honda Civic on First Street at Sixth Avenue at around 7:30 pm on July 31, but when he returned to it on Aug. 3, it was gone. Cops did not put a value on the car, but old Honda Civics disappear at a higher rate than other cars, police records show. Some law enforcement sources have speculated that the simple economy cars are easier to turn into souped-up hot rods than other models.

• A Pacific Street man parked his 1997 Suburu on Seventh Avenue between 13th and 14th streets at around 10 am on Aug. 2. When he returned to it just seven hours later, it was gone — with no sign of tampering.

• A Manhattan woman had his 2005 Nissan Altima — plus hundreds in electronic equipment — stolen after she parked it on Flatbush Avenue near the Prospect Park Zoo at around 4 pm on Aug. 5. Ninety minutes later, it was gone, plus the Canon camera, iPod, DVD player and BBQ grill that were in the car itself.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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