Who were those hooded men?

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Hooded hoods

Two brutes in black hoodies roughed up a 26-year-old and stole his cellphone on North Fourth Street on Dec. 16.

The thugs attacked the victim at around 11:30 pm, punching him repeatedly in the face at the corner of Berry Street and knocking him to the ground.

“Just stab him,” one of the thugs shouted, but the victim threw his wallet to the attackers before either crook could pull out a blade.

When the muggers discovered there was no cash in the victim’s wallet, they grabbed his cellphone and fled.

Drive-by mug

A gun-toting driver hopped out of a gray van at the corner of Nassau Avenue and Monitor Street on Dec. 28 and mugged a 29-year-old woman.

Just after midnight, the crook slammed on the brakes and jumped out of his vehicle, flashing a silver handgun.

“Give it up,” the crook said.

The woman handed over her purse, which contained a cellphone, debit card, iPod, and a DVD, and the thug drove off.

Not so feliz Navidad

Thieves broke into a North Fourth Street Mexican restaurant early on Christmas Eve and snatched $550 from the register.

The crooks shattered the restaurant’s glass door between 6:05 am and 6:45 am and grabbed the dough, then hopped into a getaway car and fled from the eatery, which is near the corner of Bedford Avenue.

Supermarket sweep

Crooks broke into a Manhattan Avenue supermarket overnight on Dec. 23 and snatched $2,000 from the manager’s office.

The burglars drilled a hole in the roof to get into the grocery between 8:30 pm and 8:20 the next morning. Once inside the store, which is between Java and India streets, they grabbed the cash and fled, leaving behind a hammer used in the burglary.

Graham slammed

Crooks ravaged a Graham Avenue building on Dec. 26, breaking into at least two apartments between 1 pm and 3 pm.

Burglars ransacked a 32-year-old’s living room and computer room, overturning furniture and tearing through drawers before heisting the victim’s Bose headphones, Dell laptop and jewelry.

The crooks also ripped through another unit in the building, which is between Engert and Driggs avenues, unscrewing the front door, pilfering cabinets and disheveling shelves — but they didn’t take a thing.

Caught in the act

Police nabbed two men suspected of trying to break into an Engert Avenue home on Dec. 26.

When police arrived at around 10:45 am, the alleged thieves had already pried open the front door of the building, which is between McGuinness Boulevard and Graham Avenue, and were attempting to forcibly remove an interior door from its hinges, cops said.

Pier fear

Thieves stole construction equipment from a high-rising Kent Avenue worksite on Dec. 18.

The crooks heisted eight-inch pipes, six-inch valves, street plates and fillings between 9:30 am and 12:50 pm from the construction site, which is near the corner of North Fourth Street.

Sad song

Thieves broke into a rocker’s car overnight on Dec. 19 and stole his guitar, amp, speakers, and guitar pedals.

Between 9:30 and noon the next day, the crooks tampered with the lock on the driver’s-side door to get into the car, which was parked on Withers Street between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, and grabbed the gear.

Updated 3:45 pm, January 6, 2009
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Reasonable discourse

Concerned Parent from Greenpoint says:
As a parent of a teenager I would like to bring it to the attention of other parents that their are numerous stores in our neighborhood that are selling cigarettes and beer to under aged kids. This is in my opinion disgusting and if you find out or hear of any stores that would do this for their own benefit it should be reported. These stores need to be held accountable. Teenagers manage to find their own trouble they don't need the neighborhood stores helping them.
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:37 am

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