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A video game enthusiast had $7,000 worth of electronic playthings stolen from his Henry Street apartment on Oct. 19 while he was at work.

The 33-year-old gamer left at 9:30 am and returned to his building, near Clark Street, around 7 pm. He was no doubt looking forward to unwinding with his PlayStation 3 and his $1,000 collection of games, but when he got to his door, he discovered that the lock had been pried open. Worse, the thief had pilfered not only the games and the PlayStation 3, but also a handheld gaming system and two iBook computers.

DUMBO burglars

Offices in DUMBO continue to be victimized by opportunistic thieves who are stealing computers right and left.

There were two incidents last week. In the first case, on the night of Oct. 15, an unknown perp broke into a Washington Street building and took a brand-new laptop. The doors were locked at 5 pm, but when the first employee arrived at 8 am the next morning, a DVD drive and a new laptop had vanished from the room where the office keeps its gadgets.

A total of $1,300 in goods was stolen, and the employee said that the perp likely had a key, since there was no sign of forced entry.

A similar crime occurred only a block away the night of Oct. 18, as three nearly obsolete computers were stolen from a Main Street office building.

The office, located between Front and Water streets, was locked for the night by an employee around 7 pm. When the doors were opened the next morning at 9:45, three computers were missing. The silver lining in this cloud is that all of the stolen machines were over a year old, meaning that their combined value was only $1,470.

There was no sign of forced entry, but surveillance cameras did catch the perp in the act, a large man in a white hooded ski jacket. His face was not visible under the hood, cops said.

Spicy ginger

A man was assaulted in broad daylight on Oct. 20, by a gang that included a pale-skinned, red-haired, freckled man.

The 42-year-old victim was walking on Pacific Street around noon. He got to the corner of Fourth Avenue when three men he had never seen before grabbed him from behind and began punching him. They knocked him to the ground and kicked his face, all without demanding any money — although they did tear a crucifix off his neck. The charm has sentimental value for the man, but is not worth any money, cops said.

Victimized

A woman who left her Bridge Street apartment empty for a week came back to a world of stress on Oct. 18 when she discovered that someone had broken her door and burgled her home.

The 38-year-old had left Brooklyn on Oct. 11, and when she returned to her building near Water Street, she no doubt had a sinking feeling when she saw her door had been smashed open. Worse, the door-breaker had taken two laptops and $500 of jewelry, worth $4,180 in total, plus the cost of replacing her door.

Senior moment

The 86-year-old women likely thought that the young man was just being friendly when he started talking to her on Oct. 18, but in reality he was distracting her while he made off with her bag.

The elderly woman was waiting for a ride on the corner of Remsen and Hicks streets around 1 pm when a 5-foot-5 man came up to her and started a conversation. The victim didn’t notice, but he also snatched up her bag from the ground and walked off with it.

There was $60 in the purse, along with credit cards.

Wacko cuffed

An apparently deranged young man got himself arrested for no reason and struggled against the officers on Oct. 15, cops said.

The 20-year-old first drew attention to himself on the platform at the Pacific Street subway stop around 6:20 am, when an on-duty officer noticed him leaning out dangerously over the tracks. The cop came over to the man, who responded by throwing a punch at the officer, stopping his fist inches from his head.

This, surprisingly, turned out to be a bad idea, as the cop proceeded to arrest the man for disorderly conduct. He led the man up to the street, but before he could get his handcuffed loony into the car, the man shook free and headbutted the officer. The man’s actions failed to free him, and only succeeded in getting his charge upped to assaulting an officer.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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