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A gun-toting thug opened fire on a 20-year-old man as he waited for a friend inside the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The victim, who is also a resident of the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses, was on the third floor of an Avenue V building at 3 p.m. December 7 when the gunman, described only as a black male sporting a black hooded jacket, fired four to five rounds in his direction.

Police said that the victim was hit in the hand.

Cops were still looking for the shooter as this paper went to press.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Three Sheepshead Bay anglers found themselves in trouble with the law for — of all things — having a great day out on the open sea, police alleged.

Police said December 5 that the three men, 31-year-old Stephen Delara, 28-year-old Jeremiah J. Dougherty, both of the Bronx, and 35-year-old John Mosca of Staten Island were all charged with carting home a catch of blackfish that was allegedly over the daily limit set by federal guidelines.

As they reeled the suspects in, officers said that the trio — one of whom owned a boat that the fish were caught in — allegedly planned to sell their hearty catch.

Police alleged that Mosca had over 18 blackfish in a net hanging from his boat. It was unclear how many fish the other men had as this paper went to press.

Each man was charged with a violation, officials said.

Three thieves armed with a knife are being sought for trying to hold up a Carvel ice cream store at 3594 Nostrand Avenue.

Police said that the trio entered the store, located near Avenue W, at about 3 p.m. on December 3 and pulled a knife on an employee.

They then threw the 57-year-old victim to the ground and fled without taking any money, officials said.

A safe containing over $125,000 in jewelry was removed from a Manhattan Beach home as the homeowner and his family were on vacation.

Police were told that someone broke into the Jaffray Street sometime between November 19 and December 3, when the family returned home.

The 64-year-old homeowner claimed that his brother-in-law checked on the home three times during their vacation. While the brother-in-law found nothing out of the ordinary, the victim’s son, who returned home on November 30, found the front door closed but unlocked.

Whoever broke inside removed a safe from a bedroom closet that contained thousands of dollars in jewelry, including a one karat diamond bracelet valued at $12,500 and a $4,500 Cartier diamond, officials said.

An 18-year-old Coney Island man was arrested last week for allegedly attacking his sister with a skillet during a fight in their West 25th Street apartment.

Officials said that the two were arguing on November 14 when the suspect picked up a wall mirror and hit her with it.

He did the same with the skillet and then punched her before storming off.

The woman called police immediately but the suspect, who is not being named because of his relationship to the victim, was not apprehended until December 4, when he was charged with assault.

A 43-year-old woman found herself in a dangerous struggle for her handbag during a robbery on West 8th Street near 86th Street in Gravesend.

The woman said that she was approaching the corner at 5:30 p.m. on November 28 when an unidentified white male grabbed hold of her bag.

When the victim wouldn’t let the bag go, the thief pulled a knife and demanded she give it up, officials said.

The thief was last seen running into the Marlboro Projects, officials said. No injuries were reported.

Cops from the 60th Precinct arrested a Mermaid Avenue couple allegedly responsible for burglarizing the deli next door to their home.

Officials said that Manuel Mayas, 52, and 29-year-old Melissa Torres were both charged with burglary in the third degree, grand larceny in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property as well as marijuana and drug possession charges when cops allegedly found the stolen beer, laundry detergent and a deli scale in their home as they investigated the break-in at the deli next door.

The owner of the deli, located near West 15th Street, told police that someone pried open his front door and removed several cases of beer, boxes of cigars, the detergent and the deli scale sometime between 10:30 p.m. on December 2 and 2:30 p.m. the following afternoon.

As cops investigated the burglary, they allegedly found the items in the suspects’ home.

A Craig’s List connection went horribly wrong recently when a 31-year-old man was robbed by a duo that lured him to Sheepshead Bay under the guise that they were going to sell him a handful of computers.

To add insult to injury, the thieves pulled badges on the victim, claiming that they were police officers.

The victim told authorities said that he had met the two suspects on Craig’s List during his search for a computer sale.

The suspects said that they had seven computers to sell for $8,000 and asked to meet up on Shore Parkway near East 28th Street.

When the victim arrived at 11:30 p.m. on November 24, the suspects came out carrying bags, but quickly flashed what looked like police badges, cops were told.

The suspects claimed that they were cops and that the victim was under arrest for attempting to buy stolen goods, officials said.

They handcuffed the victim, threw him in the back of his own car and took the $8,000 that he had brought to buy the computers before running up Shore Parkway toward Nostrand Avenue.

The victim was reportedly found handcuffed inside his own car.

Responding officers freed the 31-year-old, but allegedly found four bags of marijuana stashed in the victim’s car.

The would-be cops planted the drugs, the victim claimed.

As this paper went to press, cops were trying to locate the two bogus cops and corroborate the victim’s story.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611. All calls will be kept confidential.

Cops are looking for a 25-year-old man responsible for beating an 83-year-old woman during a purse-snatching on 17th Avenue near 71st Street.

Police were told that the senior was nearing the corner at 6 p.m. on November 28 when the suspect, described only as a black male, ran up and pushed her to the ground.

The thug then punched the victim in the head and made off with her purse, which contained $1,500.

The senior suffered a bump to her head and some cuts to her face as a result of the attack.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 62nd Precinct at (718) 236-2611. All calls will be kept confidential.

A 17-year-old man was arrested in connection with two robberies — one that took place last week and one that took place back in October.

Officials said that Kamaal Rattray reportedly admitted to both crimes once he was apprehended for a December 1 robbery at the corner of Avenue K and East 48th Street.

Police were told that a teen was walking past the corner just after 4 p.m. when Rattray and another teen allegedly grabbed him.

Rattray allegedly held a knife to the victim’s throat and took several items from his pockets, including an AT&T cell phone.

When he was apprehended last week, Rattray admitted that he had sold the phone for $75, police alleged.

He also allegedly admitted for holding up another teen at the corner of Utica and Fillmore Avenues at 7:15 p.m. back on October 27. He reportedly swiped his victim’s book bag after pulling a knife on him, officials alleged.

Three 15-year-old thieves were arrested last week for attempting to rob a 19-year-old woman at the corner of Avenue U and Stuart Street.

The victim told police that she was nearing the corner at 4 p.m. on December 7 when the three suspects jumped her.

They grabbed her purse and ran off, but weren’t counting on a witness who tried to chase the teens down.

The three teens dropped the bag and ran off, but were ultimately apprehended and charged with robbery.

Their names were not released because of their ages.

A Flatlands teen was arrested last week when he allegedly threatened to shoot two men, but then opted instead to break into their home.

Prosecutors were told that on December 4, Dady Michel, 18, allegedly said that he was going to shoot his two victims in the mouth if they tattled on him, although it was unclear what they would have said.

Then, on the next day, Michel and an unapprehended accomplice allegedly kicked in the back door of the victim’s Troy Avenue home located near Avenue J. A laptop computer was taken from the home, said the victims, who allegedly claimed that they saw Michel jump the backyard fence as he fled the scene.

Investigators from the 63rd Precinct took Michel into custody, where he copped to the break-in.

Cops charged him with menacing and burglary.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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