Candy store heist goes sour

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These guys must have missed that episode of “Law and Order.”

That is one reasonable conclusion after three local men robbed a popular Third Avenue candy store on Aug. 19, but then did nothing to conceal their identities as they fled.

The heist went down at 6:40 am, when two gunmen came into the store, which is near 93rd Street, and demanded money.

The men then grabbed the register and ran outside and into a waiting Chevy Tahoe that was driven by a third man, according to police.

The register had about $500, but cops shouldn’t have too many problems nabbing these guys, especially since the storeowner recognized both of the perps and also managed to get the license plate of the getaway car.

Ex drama

Hell hath no fury like a man scorned.

A 26-year-woman’s jealous ex-boyfriend is having a hard time dealing with the fact that she has moved on to another man, but swiped her wallet and cellphone as a rude consolation prize on Aug. 18.

The trouble began at around 11:30 pm, when the victim left her Fourth Avenue house, which is near 86th Street, and was immediately confronted by her ex-boyfriend.

The scorned lover began screaming and shouting and demanded to know the phone number of the new boyfriend, according to police.

The victim tried to walk away from the heated argument, but before she could leave, the thug grabbed her phone and her purse, which contained $80, and ran off.

Gold bug

Burglars robbed a Fourth Avenue home of $21,500 worth of gold jewelry — including an expensive gold bracelet, valued at $7,000 — on Aug. 19.

The 52-year-old victim told cops that he had left his home, which is near 97th Street, at 10 am and was only gone for an hour.

Laptop swiped

A 30-year-old woman says her apartment was robbed on Aug. 19.

The victim left her Fourth Avenue unit, which is near 88th Street, to go to work only to return at 6 pm to discover her laptop computer and two bracelets missing, according to police.

There was no value listed for the stolen items.

Teen trouble

A teenager had his bike, cellphone and cash swiped by two thugs who attacked him on Aug. 18.

The 15-year-old was biking on Bath Avenue, near Bay 25th Street, at around 3 pm when the two thieves approached.

“Give me your money, or I’ll stick you,” said one of the assailants before he punched the victim and rummaged through his pockets.

The thieves took $20, along with the phone and the mountain bike, police said.

The perps fled down Bath Avenue, one holding the cash and the other riding the hot wheels, police added.

Auto lapse

A woman had her car stolen right in front of her eyes after leaving the keys in the ignition as she went into her friends Highlawn Avenue home on Aug. 17.

When the 46-year-old went into the home, which is near West Eighth Street, at around 6:30 pm, she left the engine running on the 2000 tan Hyundai. Moments later, she returned to find the car driving off, police said.

The four-door sedan has New Jersey plate number LYB16V. Anyone who spots the vehicle is asked to call the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611.

Two for one

Two residents of a Stillwell Avenue apartment building returned home on Aug. 15 to find their front doors busted open and their property missing.

The first victim came home at around 8 am and discovered that thugs had broken in and robbed more than $1,200 that the 36-year-old had stashed inside his apartment, which is near 85th Street, police said.

Two hours later, the second resident came home to find a similar scene.

Thugs managed to break through the front door, and swiped $650, along with electronics, police said.

Both break-ins went off without a hitch, giving the burglars a clean get away.

AM argument

An early morning argument turned violent and resulted in the beating and robbing of man by two complete strangers on Aug. 15.

The dispute began at around 3 pm on Kings Highway, near West Sixth Street, when the dastardly duo approached the victim and started arguing with him.

At some point, one of the villains attacked the 27-year-old victim, punching and kicking him, and swiping $150 and his cellphone from his pants pocket, police said.

Bay Street stalk

A woman was followed, attacked and robbed by two thugs in the early morning hours on Aug. 14.

The 18-year-old first saw the stalkers on 86th Street, which is just up the block from her home. Frightened, she began to run home, but the two punks caught up to her and pushed her to the ground in front of her house.

“Hand your stuff over,” one perp told her. The other punk didn’t wait for a response and stole her cash, passport and drivers license, police said.

The muggers left her on the pavement and fled on foot.

Shopping spree

A man returned after a long day of running errands on Aug. 14 to find that thieves had broken into his 20th Lane apartment.

The 67-year-old returned to his home, which is near 20th Avenue, at around 2 pm and found that thieves had busted open his front door and swiped $1,600, including electronics and jewelry, police said.

Water worked

At least two women were victims of meter reader imposters last week.

The first incident was on Aug. 9, when the scam artists approached a Bay 31st Street home at around 11:40 am. They told the resident, a 72-year-old, that they needed to get in to check the water meter.

Once inside, they split up and rummaged through the house, which is near 86th Street.

They left with jewelry and fled without even checking one meter gauge, police said.

The second incident was on Aug. 15, within a West 11th Street home. In this case, the imposter approached the home, which is near Avenue S, at around 10 am.

The criminal asked to read the meter, and instead went into the 49-year-old’s bedroom, stealing $1,000 in cash and jewelry.

Cops are investigating whether the crimes are related.

Updated 4:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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