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Picnic House, rink robbed in Prospect Park

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Two buildings inside Prospect Park — the Picnic House and the Wollman skating rink — were robbed last week, cops said.

In the first incident, a thief or thieves entered the Picnic House, which is near the Third Street entrance, sometime after 7:45 pm on Dec. 4.

There was no sign of forced entry on the exterior of the building, but the office lock had been broken.

The perps stole two Nextel phones and $199.44.

Three days later, the Wollman rink was broken into for the second time this year. The crime, which took place sometime between 10 pm on Dec. 7 and 6:15 the next morning, began when a group of thugs broke through a Plexiglas window and then broke a lock on the manager’s door.

After stealing a digital camera, a cellphone and $800, the perps fled — but not until one scrawled, “Niggas is Crip” on the wall, a reference to gang membership.

Back in October, graffiti “artists” broke into the skating rink’s locker room and left their tags all over the joint. The Brooklyn Paper reported at the time that the tags included “Crip 4 Life” and “East Sick Crip” — a possible link to the latest incident.

Meanwhile, a woman told police that she was mugged for $45 by two perps who hit her with a stick near the Picnic House in Prospect Park on Dec. 3. The Eighth Avenue resident said that she was near the Third Street entrance of the park at around 3 pm when the duo approached her with the menacing piece of wood.

She gave over the money and the perps fled.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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