Someone was making mischief all over Fort Greene last week, as three rear windows were broken, although very little was actually stolen, and another car was broken into and robbed.
The first incident was on the night of Oct. 13, after a 62-year-old man parked his 2007 Lexus on Greene Avenue near St. James Place. He locked it up at 4:30 pm, and came back to it 1:30 pm the next day, to find that his luxury sedan had been attacked — the back window was broken and a handicap permit was stolen.
This only whetted the window-breakers appetite for destruction. The next day, a similar incident occurred blocks away, albeit to a slightly less-valuable vehicle. A man had parked his 1996 Toyota Camry on Waverly Avenue between DeKalb and Willoughby avenues at 2 am on Oct. 14, only to return a day later to discover his rear window had been broken as well.
A few days later, on Oct. 19, a window was broken even while the owner stood by it. A man was standing outside his Nissan truck in a parking lot at the corner of Flushing and North Portland avenues around 11 pm when he heard glass breaking. He whirled around and saw his rear window had been broken, and caught no sight of the perp.
The only window-breaking that resulted in a theft happened the night of Oct. 14. The owner of a 2007 Dodge sedan parked her car on Clermont Avenue near Myrtle Avenue around midnight, and by 1 pm the next morning, someone had broken the passenger-side window. This time, the perp had helped himself to 10 silk scarves in the car, as well as a hounds-tooth bag and three wallets, a total value of $350.
A fast-food chain referenced in old school rap lyrics is known for its sacks of fries, but its customers seem to be asking for sacks of money as well.
Just two weeks after the popular Myrtle Avenue establishment was robbed at gunpoint, it was robbed again on Oct. 23 by a single desperado.
A man came into the restaurant, near Stueben Street, around 7:30 pm and pulled out a handgun.
“You have 10 seconds to give me the money,” he told the cashier. The employee wasn’t about to take a bullet for the burgers, and the criminal ran out $300 richer.
An armed man made a surprisingly genteel request for his victim’s wallet on Oct. 17.
The 17-year-old was walking into the G train station at the corner of Lafayette and Washington avenues when a 5-foot-7 man in a jogging jacket stopped her.
“Excuse me,” he said. “Give me your wallet.”
He then showed off his knife, which was equivalent to the magic word, as the woman emptied her wallet and handed over $64. The man then fled down the street.
A trio of thugs had no problem with stealing a cellphone from an 11-year-old on Oct. 15, and when their pint-sized victim fought back, he ended up with a lump on his head.
The kid was sitting on a bench at a mall on Flatbush Avenue near Atlantic Avenue around 6:20 pm when the three perps ran by, snatching his $180 Sidekick phone on their way.
Showing slightly more bravery than common sense, the child ran after them. He caught up a block later, but as he tried to grab it back, he was punched in the back of the head. After that, he lost track of the hoodlums.
A young woman’s laptop disappeared from her Stueben Avenue apartment while she slept on the night of Oct. 17.
The 20-year-old victim, who lives on the first floor of her building, near Park Avenue, set her laptop by her window around 2 pm. She went to bed without giving it a second thought, but when she woke up at 11:30 the next day, it was gone.
There was no sign of a forced entry, and the woman theorized that someone could have removed the screen from her window and slipped the computer out through the bars without making much noise.
A mall beauty boutique was robbed of $600 worth of merchandise by a man who may be an employee on Oct. 16.
The first sign of trouble at the mall, on Flatbush Avenue near Atlantic Avenue, came around 2 pm, when an employee went into the storage area and noticed a door open, the lightbulb out, and a man fleeing. Further inspection revealed that five gift bags and a $100 hooded sweatshirt had been stolen, and a hammer — possibly used to break the lightbulb — had been left by the perp.
A beauty boutique was robbed by a man who may be an employee in the same mall on Oct. 16.
The first sign of trouble at the mall, on Flatbush Avenue near Atlantic Avenue, came around 2 pm, when an employee at the boutique noticed that a storage room door was open and a man was fleeing.
Further inspection revealed that five gift bags and a $100 hooded sweatshirt had been stolen, and a hammer had been left by the perp.