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Ding! You’re robbed

It was a week of doorbell-ringing thieves in Bensonhurst. Here’s a roundup:

• A pair of thieves duped a 68th Street woman into letting them ransack her apartment on July 27.

The victim told cops that two Asian men rang her doorbell at around 3:30 pm and announced that they had a delivery for her.

The victim let them in her house, which is between Meadowview and Grand avenues, and was swiftly blindfolded by a thug waving a green gun.

When she heard the perps moving around her apartment, she told cops that she tried to take off the blindfold, which prompted one of the perps to yell, “Don’t move or I’ll kill you!”

The thieves left with over $6,000.

• Another team of thieves — this one also armed — finagled its way into a 16th Avenue home on July 28.

In this case, a woman rang the tenant’s bell at around 7:30 pm and asked for “Josh.” When the victim, who lives between 86th Street and Benson Avenue, told them that no one named Josh lived there, two perps appeared from out of view and displayed semi-automatic handguns.

The perps told the man to lie down on the ground, went into his apartment, and ran away with almost $1,000.

• Five more perps broke into an apartment on 63rd Street on Aug. 3, also claiming to be looking for someone who wasn’t there.

The victim told cops that a man rang his bell at around 8:30 pm and asked for “Emma.” When the victim, who lives between 17th and 18th avenues, hesitated, four more perps jumped out, covered the victim’s face and mouth with tape, and tied him up. While two of the thieves rummaged through the house, the rest of the thugs beat the victim, who was sprawled on the floor.

According to cops, one of the perps then told the man, “If you call the police, we will kill you,” before getting away with his friends and $200.

Bar hopping

A rowdy perp hopped over a bar counter and stabbed a bartender in the head inside a tavern on Kings Highway on July 28.

The bartender told cops that the criminal entered the bar, which is between Quentin Road and Highlawn Avenue, at around 9 pm and flashed a gun before jumping the bar and stabbing him in the forehead.

Cops said it is unclear why the man assaulted the victim.

A/C antics

A crafty thief sneaked into a Shore Parkway apartment through the air conditioning vents on Aug. 3 and got away with $2,000 in cash and electronics.

The victim, who lives between 19th and 20th avenues, told cops that he came home at around 11 am to find the property missing. The A/C vent appeared to have been broken into.

Shopping snatch

A shopper returned to find that his 85th Street house had been broken into and robbed on July 27.

The victim told cops that he came back from doing his grocery chores at around 2 pm when he noticed his window had been pried open and his screen door lock had been cut.

The perp also tripped a motion sensor inside the house, which is between 15th and 18th avenues, alerting cops to the theft.

Mugged

A man was robbed by two thugs on 73rd Street on July 30.

The man told cops that he was near 17th Avenue at around 1:20 am when one of the perps grabbed him from behind and covered his mouth while his partner swiped the jewelry and the man’s cellphone.

— Michael Lipkin

Updated 10:41 am, August 6, 2008
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