Fifteen percent fall
Smiling cops in Brooklyn Heights’ 84th Precinct are celebrating a 15 percent drop in felony crime since the beginning of the year, according to recently published crime statistics.
Officials said that 683 felony crimes have been investigated this year as of August 17 – 124 fewer than the 807 crimes they were looking into last year.
The drop in crimes included a nearly seven percent drop in robberies, a whopping 32 percent drop in felony assaults, a 19 percent drop in burglaries and a nearly three percent drop in car thefts.
So far this year, only one murder has taken place in the 84th Precinct, which protects residents in Brooklyn Heights, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO.
Over the last 15 years, when NYPD CompStat figures were first tabulated, crime in the 84th Precinct has dropped by nearly 75 percent, according to officials.
A man pretending to be police officer is being sought for taking $160 off of a wheelchair-bound man.
The victim said that he and his girlfriend were play fighting on Flatbush Avenue near Nevins Street at 2 p.m. on August 14 when a 5’7” black male approached them, claiming to be a police officer.
Officials were told that this would be cop told the victims to face a fence, then rooted through the victim’s backpack, which was hanging off the wheelchair’s handlebars.
The thief took the money from the backpack and then walked off without saying a word, officials said.
Investigators were reportedly looking to apprehend the thief before he strikes again.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 84th Precinct at (718) 875-6811. All calls will be kept confidential.
In hindsight, he should have just left a “free wallet” sign on his dash board.
A 46-year-old motorist told police that someone took his wallet from his van, which he left unlocked in one of the busiest intersections on downtown Brooklyn.
Police were told that someone rooted through the 2001 van as it was parked at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues sometime before 8 p.m. on August 13.
When he returned to the vehicle, he was surprised to learn that someone had made off with his wallet and all the credit cards inside it.
A 28-year-old man lost three pair of pants, two polo shirts and a Blackberry cell phone when he was robbed on Flushing Avenue near Navy Street last week.
The victim told police that he was approaching the corner just before 2:30 a.m. on August 13 when he found himself surrounded by a group of Hispanic males.
The thieves kicked and punched the victim until he relinquished his bags.
Police said that the suspects fled the area on bikes, leaving him with a large welt on his face and a bruised elbow.
Cops were still looking for the thieves as this paper went to press.
A 24-year-old woman returned to her Smith Street home recently to discover that someone had taken her laptop computer, but decided against calling police until she realized that the thief could access some personal information that was left on its hard drive.
The woman said that she had left their home at 9 a.m. on August 1. She returned home at 7 p.m. that evening to discover that someone had broke the locks to her front door.
She stepped inside to learn that someone had made off with her pricey MacPro.
Cops were told that the woman was going to chalk the experience up to living in the city until she realized that some credit card numbers and other personal information were stored somewhere in there in little bits and bytes.
Police were still looking for the thief as this paper went to press.
Heist in halls of justice
A jewelry theft that took place in a Flatlands home was solved last week when she went downtown Brooklyn to Family Court for a custody battle -- only to find her child’s father’s “friend” with her gems around her neck, officials said.
The outraged 48-year-old woman told police at the 63rd Precinct that the jewelry had been missing since May.
But, when she went to Family Court, located on Adams Street, last week, she saw her former lover’s 42-year-old girlfriend wearing her jewelry.
When she confronted her about it, the woman, who had been a house guest on a number of occasions, fled the courtroom.
Cops caught up with the woman a short time later and charged her with grand larceny, officials said.
Wipe out graffiti
As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, a $500 reward is being offered to anyone with information about graffiti vandals in their neighborhoods.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.
Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.
Full of holes
A crew of thieves pried apart barred windows in order to get inside Bagel World at 223 DeKalb Avenue near Clermont Avenue last week, officials said.
Police were told that the break-in took place sometime between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on August 17, when the businesses burglar alarm went off. The store had been closed at 10:30 p.m. the night before, officials said.
Store workers arrived before police, where they found that someone had pried open a wide enough hole in a set of window bars in the back kitchen to squeeze someone through.
The thief made off with a home theater system, and a $700 cash register, which he swiped right off the counter.
But there was a big fat hole in his plan -- police learned that there was less than $50 in the register when it was taken.
Robbed on Vanderbilt
A 22-year-old man was beaten and robbed of his iPhone last week as he walked home from his girlfriend’s house, officials said.
Police said that the victim was on Vanderbilt Avenue near Greene Avenue at 3 a.m. on August 13 when he realized that a group of males were trailing him.
The thugs ultimately pounced, knocking their victim to the ground as they kicked and punched him.
As soon as he dropped his phone, the thieves scooped it up and ran off.
No serious injuries were reported.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 88th Precinct at (718) 851-5611. All calls will be kept confidential.
Some real heels
Cops are looking for a group of female thugs responsible for beating two other women with a shoe last week.
The victims, ages 43 and 34, told police that they were on Carlton Avenue near Atlantic Avenue just before 4 a.m. on August 11 when they began quarrelling with a group of women they didn’t know.
After the two victims walked off, the suspects followed them down the block before pouncing on them.
One of the assailants reportedly pulled off her shoe, which she used to strike the victims in the head with, causing a deep cut on one of the victim’s foreheads.
Cops were looking for the assailants as this paper went to press.
A crew of 15-year-old thugs are being sought for lobbing rocks at a 29-year-old man on Fleet Walk.
The victim told police that he was exiting a housing project near Navy Street at 6:30 p.m. on August 11 when he was hit in the back with a stone.
The stones were being hurled by a group of teens nearby, officials said.
Cops were reportedly still looking for the teens as this paper went to press.
Close, but no car
A 20-year-old area resident walked out to his 1998 Chrysler Concorde only to discover that someone had tinkered with it, but not in a “I just changed your oil for you,” friendly way.
Cops from the 88th Precinct were told that the victim parked his car on Clermont Avenue near Fulton Street at about 3 p.m. on August 11.
He returned to his car at 1 a.m. the following morning to find out that someone had busted his passenger side window and had ripped open his steering wheel column in a failed bid to get the car started.
The would-be thief who tried to steal the car was no where to be found, officials said.
A Clermont Avenue man told police that someone had somehow managed to make bogus purchases off his credit card, even though the lucrative piece of plastic was still resting in his wallet.
The 30-year-old told police that someone obtained his credit card account numbers and over the course of a week managed to make $1269 in charges.
It was unclear what was bought on the victim’s cards, said officials, who added that the thief was first reported to them on August 12.
Cake Man caper
Police are looking for the thief who broke into Cake Man Raven’s bakery on Fulton and South Oxford streets last week.
Police said that someone broke into the store on the night of July 27.
About $250 in cash, a flat screen television and a home theater system was removed from the confectionary Shangri-la between 10:30 p.m. that night and 8 a.m. the following morning, when a worker opened up for the day and found the cash register shattered on the floor.
Cake Man Raven, whose client list includes rapper 50 Cent, Oprah, Robert DeNiro and Regis Philbin, to name a few, made headlines last week when it was learned that several of his employees were reportedly suing him for unpaid wages.
It was unclear if these incidents were related as this paper went to press.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this break-in to come forward.
Calls can be made to the 88th Precinct at (718) 636-6511. All calls will be kept confidential.
A 19-year-old woman from Clermont Avenue was arrested last week after she allegedly scalded her nagging mother with a hot iron.
Cops were told that the 19-year-old and her 47-year-old mother were inside their apartment near Park Avenue discussing how the teen was raising her own child at 8:30 a.m. on August 14 when she allegedly pushed her parent with the hot iron in her hand.
The iron left a burn on her mother’s arm, cops were told.
Police charged her with assault.