A pair of crooks armed with a water gun pummeled a 52-year-old man in his Broadway building on Sept. 4 — but cops nabbed the two female suspects the next day.
The masked muggers confronted their victim at around 11:25 pm, punching, kicking, and aiming the squirt gun — which was wrapped in black tape — at the victim.
But the victim was able to identify one of the crooks that held him up in his building, which is between South Ninth and Keap Streets, and police caught two suspects in possession of the toy gun, as well as the scarves and sunglasses they used to conceal their faces during the attack, cops said.
Two thugs used the oldest trick in the book — the ol’ distraction ploy — to mug a pair of schoolboys on their way to class on Sept. 5.
“What time is it?” one of the crooks asked the 12- and 14-year-old victims as they passed the corner of Walton Street and Harrison Avenue at around 8:20 am.
Before the victims had time to answer, the crooks pushed them against a wall and pilfered their pockets.
One of the muggers even attempted to pry the 12-year-old’s sneakers from his feet.
The thieves couldn’t get the sneakers off the victim’s feet, but they escaped with a silver Razr cellphone, a school Metrocard, and five textbooks.
Crooks snatched more than $5,000 of video equipment from a Harrison Street film shoot on Sept. 2.
The thieves removed a monitor, a monitor, a case, and a rain cover from the back of the rental truck, which was parked between Bogart Street and Morgan Avenue, between 5:45 am and 9:45 am.
The crooks had easy access to the goods because the truck’s rear door was left open, cops said.
A subway-riding pickpocket slit a hole in straphanger’s pants on Sept. 5 and snatched his wallet, iPod, and cellphone.
The crook sliced open his victim’s pocket on a Canarsie-bound L train as it passed the Montrose Avenue stop at around 3:15 am.
The crook then used the victim’s credit cards to purchase two $81 Metrocards, cops said.
Crooks tried to mug a 44-year-old man as he passed the corner of Grand Street and Morgan Avenue — while he was in his car!
The thugs approached the vehicle at around 4:30 pm on Sept. 4 — just after the victim deposited cash at a nearby bank — and tried to pull the victim from his car, repeatedly striking him in the head and body as they attempted to grab his wallet.
The victim was able to hold onto his belongings, and drove himself to the emergency room at Woodhull Hospital.
A furious pedal pusher burst into a Humboldt Street apartment on Sept. 6 and struck an 18-year-old with a pool stick.
“You stole my bike!” the angry bicyclist shouted, before lunging at the victim, who was playing billiards in an apartment, which is between Montrose and Johnson avenues.
The attack occurred just after midnight, and left the victim with a laceration.
Thieves stole jewelry from at least two Williamsburg apartments last week while the residents were out of town. Here are the crooks’ criminal itineraries:
• Nearly $8,000 of jewelry was stolen from a home on Powers Street near Leonard Street while the 53-year-old victim was on vacation. The crooks got a diamond-encrusted Jesus pendant, two diamond rings, a shield with diamonds, a chain with diamonds and hearts, and other jewelry, between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6.
• Thieves stole a Swiss wristwatch and a necklace from a home on Lorimer Street near Ainslie Street while the victim was out of town between Sept. 2 and Sept. 7.
Thieves got into a Broadway apartment on Sept. 5 and stole everything they could carry — including a getaway vehicle.
The crooks broke a lock to get into the apartment, which is between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue, while the victim was at work between 1–9 pm.
Once inside, the thieves grabbed a digital camera, two laptop computers, jewelry in a case, and a Bianchi bicycle.
— Ben Muessig