Armed mugging

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A group of knife- and gun-wielding purse-snatchers grabbed a woman’s handbag as she was walking down West Fourth Street on Dec. 6.

The 47-year-old victim’s was near Avenue U at around 3:55 pm when the trio approached her. One pulled out a knife, while the others held their silver handguns and demanded her purse. The first perp swiped the pocketbook, while his buddies stood as a look out.

The gang ran off with the handbag, which contained $140, including her credit and debit cards, police said.


A thief cracked into a West Second Street apartment while the resident was at work on Dec. 8.

The 39-year-old tenant returned to the apartment, which is near Avenue P, at around 3 pm and found that the perp had busted a side window and swiped $400, along with jewelry and electronics, police said.

Money claim-ed

A Highlawn Avenue insurance office was broken into on Dec. 7 — raising the prospect that an insurance company would have to pay itself for the burglary.

The office, which is near West Ninth Street, was broken into at around midnight. The perps had busted open the front door, and swiped $4,700, along with some electronics, and fled through the same door, police said.

Car break-ins

Burglars broke into a least two cars last week, cops said.

The first incident was on Dec. 6. At around 5:45 pm, the victim returned to her car, which had been parked on New Utrecht Avenue, near 81st Street. She discovered perps had broken in and swiped her laptop and cellphone, police said. To add insult to injury, the thugs also broke her side-view mirror.

The next day at around 5 pm, a 69-year-old motorist returned to her 2008 Chevrolet Impala, which was parked on 70th Street, near 20th Avenue. She quickly discovered that a perp had broken in, swiping her credit and debit cards. The victim immediately canceled the credit cards.

No word if the two incidents are related.


A Chinese food delivery man who was delivering to a 76th Street apartment building, was mugged and beaten by a thug, but later helped catch the thief with the help of a Good Samaritan on Dec. 6.

The 52-year-old deliveryman was in the lobby of the building, which is near New Utrecht Avenue at around 10:15 pm when the thug came from behind and placed him in a choke hold. He punched and shoved the victim to the ground, swiping $200 and attempted to run off.

As the thug fled, the helpful stranger tackled him in the lobby, holding him down, along with the help of the delivery man, until the police arrived.

The money was returned.

Lounge swipe

A teenager’s purse was swiped after she left it unattended in a 65th Street lounge on Dec. 3.

The 19-year-old was in the bar, which is near Bay Parkway, at around 10 pm. She ventured to the dance floor for a quick dance, and returned to find that her pocketbook was gone.

The handbag had contained $300, along with her credit and debit cards, police said.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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