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Beware the corner of Kent Avenue and North Fifth Street, which was the site of two robberies last week.

In the first incident, someone swiped a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle from behind a building.

The chopper’s 29-year-old owner had parked it there at 8 pm on Feb. 10, but when he returned at 10:30 the next morning, the motorcycle was gone. The Virginia native said he had remembered to lock the wheels.

But broken locks were not found at the scene. The motorcycle bore a Virginia license plate with the number 484011. It was worth $9,000.

In the second incident, a thug made off with nearly $3,000 worth of construction equipment after raiding a construction site at the same corner on Feb. 13.

A 40-year-old worker said he had locked up his belongings at 7:30 am, but when he returned 24 hours later, the locks were missing, as was $2,980 worth of construction equipment.

Doh!

A Skillman Avenue resident screwed himself over on Feb. 8 when he misplaced his bag — and inside the bag was his ATM card, complete with the PIN number written on its holder.

Whoever found the lost bag proceeded to take advantage of the conveniently placed PIN. The 32-year-old told cops he kept his PIN with his ATM card because he was forgetful.

Also in the bag were credit cards and his driver’s license.

Scammed

A kind-hearted Eckford Street resident who lent $6,700 to a friend who said he needed it for a Green Card, discovered on Feb. 11 that he’d been scammed.

When the 50-year-old gift-giver asked for a copy of the money order that had supposedly been sent to the federal government, but then learned that the money had instead been deposited into a private account.

Cops collared the Queens-based scammer that same day.

Car stripped

A mom got more than she bargained for when her car got stripped while she was visiting her son.

The 52-year-old mum parked her gray 2004 Infinity G35 on Kent Street, between McGuinness Boulevard and Provost Street, on Feb. 8 at 4:30 am.

When she returned on Feb. 12 at 2:30 pm, she found that the driver’s-side door lock had been broken and the vehicle had been stripped of its airbag, satellite map system, front dashboard, six-disc CD player and radio, gear shift, driver and passenger side head-rests, fuse box and glove box.

Burglarized

A burglar ransacked a Lorimer Street apartment last week, making off with $700 worth of electronics.

The 35-year-old resident of the apartment, which is between Jackson Street and Skillman Avenue, told police that he left his apartment on Feb. 11 at noon and returned on Feb. 13 at 9:30 pm to find that his Sony computer, keyboard, monitor and mouse had been taken.

The resident had only secured the front door’s bottom lock, which can be easily manipulated, said cops.

Stoned

An angry ex-boyfriend threw a rock at his former lover on Valentine’s Day, bruising her right leg and causing it to swell, cops said.

The 24-year-old showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home at Jackson Street and Woodpoint Road at 10:30 am, as she was arriving with groceries.

“Where are you coming from?” he asked her, before grabbing her groceries, throwing them to the floor, and then picking up a rock and hurling it at her, hitting her right leg.

The 29-year-old victim later told cops that her ex kept guns at his home. Cops were unable to find the rock used in the assault.

Armed robbery

A masked and gun-toting hoodlum robbed a Berry Street clothing boutique on Valentine’s Day — though he didn’t get much for the effort.

The thug entered the store, at the corner of North Eighth Street, at 6:50 pm, withdrew a black gun and told the 31-year-old clerk, “Give me all the money you have.”

The woman, a Manhattan Avenue resident, gave him $60 and a Nokia cellphone.

Camry copped

Someone stole a 1996 Toyota Camry on Feb. 14 from an illegal parking spot on North 13th Street, between Wythe and Kent avenues.

The 25-year-old owner of the gray vehicle parked it there at 6 am. But when the Bronx resident returned 12 hours later, the car was gone.

There was no broken glass at the scene. He told cops the car was worth about $2,750. It had New York license plate number DNG2037.

Coat-check nightmare

A woman picked up her jacket from the coat-check at a North Sixth Street club on Feb. 12 only to find she’d been pick-pocketed.

The 23-year-old left the club, between Kent and Wythe avenues, early that morning, not realizing that her jacket’s pockets had been emptied.

When she checked her pockets at 9 pm that evening, she discovered she was missing $60, a T-mobile Sidekick, and various cards.

Before she could cancel the credit cards, the thief had already used one to make a purchase online, cops said.

Sticky-fingered roomie?

A Freeman Street resident was burglarized, but, mysteriously, none of his roommate’s belongings were touched.

The 22-year-old resident of the apartment, which is between Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue, left the apartment on Feb. 16 at 10:30 pm. When he returned the next afternoon, he found that his TV, his Xbox system, and a cable box were gone.

There was no sign of forced entry.

Building invasion

An intruder slashed the hand of a Meeker Avenue resident on Feb. 17 in the hallway of his own building.

The attack occurred at 4 pm, in a building between Morgan Avenue and Sutton Street, when a knife-wielding man approached the 43-year-old victim in the hallway. The victim, who cops said was highly intoxicated and uncooperative, said he had seen the slasher around the neighborhood, but didn’t know precisely who he was.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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