Thief held phone for ransom, but police officers got the reward

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Police arrested a 28-year-old man on Oct. 20 after the suspect allegedly stole a cellphone in the L train station at Montrose Avenue and later held it for ransom.

The 18-year-old victim called 911 after the suspect snatched his phone. But when transit police arrived, they told him to call the cell number.

When the suspect answered, he allegedly told the victim to meet him in Queens and bring $50 to get his phone back.

The victim agreed, and the transit cops set up a sting to catch the suspect. When the victim and the police arrived, the suspect took the $50, plus another $20 out of the victim’s wallet.

The cops arrested the suspect after a brief struggle and recovered the victim’s money — but not the cellphone.

Cell snatchers

In what is becoming a regular feature of this page, another woman in Williamsburg had her cellphone snatched by a thief on a bicycle on Oct. 20.

The 27-year-old victim told police she was walking on Union Avenue at Hope Street, talking on her phone, when someone rode up behind her, grabbed the Blackberry device and rode off.

Its a Syn

Thugs broke into at least two Williamsburg synagogues last week — resulting in one arrest.

In the first incident, a thief entered the Kallel Shaircy Limud on South Ninth Street between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street and trashed four offices in the basement on Oct. 19.

He walked away with a computer, police said.

Two days later, a thief used a screwdriver to break the lock at Yeshiva Beth Yitzhock D’Spinka on Bedford Avenue between Rodney and Keap streets. But a neighbor saw the 43-year-old suspect and called police, who arrested him in the synagogue.

The suspect was charged with burglary, intent to damage property and possession of burglar’s tools.

J train robbery

A 14-year-old boy said he was beaten and robbed as he tried to catch the J train on Oct. 22.

The victim said two men approached him as he was swiping his Metrocard at the turnstile at the Lorimer Street station in the early evening. One of the men grabbed the teen and demanded his wallet, but when he refused, both thugs punched him until he was down and took his wallet anyway.

The robbers got $40, a copy of the video game, “Resident Evil,” and the victim’s Murry Bergtraum High School I.D.

Burglar caught

Police arrested a 51-year-old man last week after the suspect allegedly broke into an Ainslie Street building and stole a watch and a pair of sneakers from at least two units on Oct. 22.

One 33-year-old victim told police she returned to the building, which is between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street, and found the suspect standing outside her apartment, holding a fresh pair of Reebok sneakers in a bag.

The suspect said he was there to fix something, but he then took off.

As he dashed down the stairs, he ditched the sneakers and kept running.

The victim flagged down a nearby police officer, who arrested the suspect at the corner of Humboldt and Maujer streets.

The victim later discovered that some watches were missing from her apartment, and sure enough, she identified a watch found on the suspect as one of hers.

Ski masks

Three masked gang members threatened to slit the throat of an 11-year-old boy as he walked home from school on Oct. 18.

The boy said the men walked up to him near the corner of Seigel Street and Bushwick Avenue and beat him bloody, leaving bruises and scratches on his face and arm.

Laptop thief

Two roommates lost their laptops to a burglar who busted into their Devoe Street apartment on Oct. 22.

The victims told police the burglar must have come in through the rear window before he snatched an Apple iBook and Toshiba laptops from their apartment, which is between Catherine Street and Morgan Avenue.


A Chrysler 300 parked near the corner of Wythe and Division avenues at 5:30 pm on Oct. 22 was stolen.

When the owner came back two hours later, he found a pile of broken glass where his Hemi-powered luxury sedan had been.

The black, 2006-model sedan has a New York license plate: “1BADDADY.”

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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