A bitter taste left in the mouth of this candy-store owner

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A popular Seventh Avenue candy store was broken into and pilfered overnight last week, losing more than $3,000 in cash and phone cards.

The thief or thieves broke the lock off the security gate at the store, which is between Garfield Place and First Street, sometime between midnight on Feb. 21 and 7 am the next day.

Once inside, they took $500 in phone cards and $2,600 from a brown paper bag behind the counter.

Gym rat

Another careless health nut was ripped off while going through his routine at a local fitness club.

The latest theft took place on Feb. 25 at a club on Ninth Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The gym rat told cops that he placed his clothes and belongings in a locker — though did not lock them up — and began his workout at around 2:30 pm.

An hour later, he returned to find his wallet and his cellphone were missing. He immediately cancelled his credit cards.

Angry librarian

A woman who works at the public library on Sixth Avenue near Ninth Street had her purse stolen from her desk on Feb. 23.

The woman said she had left the purse in its usual place at 3 pm and went about her business of serving the book-loving public. Two hours later, she noticed the bag — containing various credit cards and $60 — was gone.

Clerk robbed

A woman working at a Fifth Avenue clothing store had her purse stolen from a spot behind the register on Feb. 23, cops said.

The witness told police that she saw a woman walk into the store, which is at Union Street, and go behind the counter to take the purse. The witness said the woman was wearing a black skullcap and had “unusual teeth.”

But she must have known something, because the 24-year-old victim told cops that her handbag, itself worth $400, contained $300 in gift cards, and various credit cards.

The thief rang up more than $1,300 before the cards were cancelled.

Laptops lifted

At least two portable computers were carried away by thieves in Park Slope last week.

In the first case, an Eighth Street man said a burglar broke into his apartment, which is near Sixth Avenue, and took his Apple iBook. He said the crime must have occurred between Feb. 16 and Feb. 19.

The 55-year-old victim said the computer is worth $1,300.

In a similar heist, a resident of a Fifth Avenue apartment between 11th and 12th streets lost his laptop to a thief who sneaked in through an unlocked door after 10 pm on Feb. 21.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that when he returned home two days later, he discovered that the Dell computer was missing.

Union haul

A man was mugged of his iPod while he walked on Union Street in the heart of Park Slope on Feb. 21.

The 46-year-old man was walking on the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues at around 10 pm when a thief rushed over and reached his hand into the victim’s pocket to pull out the music device.

The victim described the perp as a 6-foot, 180-pound black man, and told cops that the iPod was worth $500.

Family matter

A man’s stepson stole $400 and electronic equipment from their Park Place apartment on Feb. 19, cops said.

Police later arrested the stepson and booked him on grand larceny charges stemming from the theft of the cash, a DVD player and a $500 digital camera.

The 17-year-old thief later sold the equipment on the street, cops said.

The stepdad, who lives near Seventh Avenue, told police that his stepson “has a medical condition and is currently under the care” of the city Administration for Children’s Services.

He also told cops that he intends to press charges, as it is not the first time that the teen has ripped him off. Over the past year, the troubled youth has taken other DVD players, another camera and more than $1,000, he told police.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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