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A hoodlum turned his victim into a contortionist on March 21, twisting a 54-year-old man's leg until it broke — but the injured man got one measure of relief when his alleged tormentor was later collared.

The thug grabbed the victim when he returned to his Skillman Avenue building, between Kingsland and Debevoise avenues, at around 6:50 am.

The thug gripped his victim by the lapels and threw him to the ground, where he grabbed the man’s leg and twisted until it was fractured, cops say.

Ten day later, cops nabbed the suspected bone-breaker.

School prey

A teen mugger stole $35 from a 15-year-old student in a Bedford Avenue high school on April 2, but he didn't keep the money for long.

The crook confronted the victim at around 9 am while he was on his way to breakfast in Automotive HS, which is between North 12th and Lorimer streets. The mugger grabbed the cash from the victim's pocket and fled — but cops arrested the suspect and recovered the dough.

Hybrid hijinks

A crook shattered the rear window of a city-owned Toyota Prius on April 2, escaping with $100 in tools.

The thief broke into the car, which is owned by the Department of Buildings, between 5:30 pm and 6:30 am the next day.

That’s when the driver returned to the spot, which was between Graham and Manhattan avenues, and discovered the window in shards and a tool-filled bag missing.

Bicycle thief

A pedal-pushing perp broke into a Newel Street shed on April 3 and rode away on a high-end bicycle.

The crook got into the unlocked shed between 2 am and 11 am and stole a green Bianchi bicycle while the victim slept. The crook biked away from the apartment, which is between Nassau and Norman avenues, on the European cycle, which is worth about $800.

Apple a day

Apple products are hot commodities for Northside crooks again last week, with at least two of Steve Jobs’s friends getting separated from their fruit:

• Thieves broke into an apartment on Herbert Street between Humboldt and North Henry streets on March 30, snatching two Apple laptops while the victim was at work — sometime between 3 pm and midnight, cops said.

• Burglars snatched high-end electronics from a Wythe Avenue apartment on April 4, while the victim slept, sometime between 3 am and 4 am. Once inside the apartment, between Metropolitan Avenue and North Third Street, they snatched a black Apple laptop and a Sony digital camera.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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