A woman was robbed at knifepoint on the 3 train on June 8.
She told cops that the thief sat down next to her while the train was stopped at the Bergen Street station at 7:45 pm, placed the knife on her leg and said, “Don’t look at me.”
Without so much as a sideward glance, she handed over her wallet, which contained a credit card and $11. And she also gave the thief her password for her debit card.
President Obama targeted smokers in a speech last week — but he certainly wasn’t recommending stealing cigarettes.
But that’s just what happened last week, when two delivery vans carrying tobacco products were burgled. Here’s how the deeds went down:
One van was broken into on June 8 while its owner made a delivery on Fifth Avenue at 13th Street.
The owner said he parked the car at 8:20 pm and returned at 9:45 pm to find four cases of various cigarettes, worth more than $9,000, missing. The driver later admitted that he had left the back door unlocked.
Three days later, another van was broken into, this time on Union Street.
The driver told cops that five cases of cigars — worth $4,400 — were stolen from the van, which had been parked between Nevins Street and Third Avenue.
A Jeep was stolen from 15th Street on June 6.
The victim told cops that she had left the car between Fourth and Fifth avenues at 1 pm and returned the next morning at 11 am to find her green sedan missing.
A thief disguised as a house cleaner stole $3,540 in jewelry and cash from an apartment on 11th Street on June 9 — after being hired to tidy the place off of an ad on Craigslist.
The victim told police that the cleaner may have committed the crime between 11:15 am and 12:10 pm, when he returned to find the hired help gone, the property missing, and the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, still filthy.
Craigslist, an online classified service, is extremely popular, though far more anonymous than ads taken out in a newspaper, making it easier for criminals to find their victims.
A thief stole a laptop from a locker at Harbor Fitness on First Street while the victim was working out on June 9.
The fitness buff told police that she had left the keys on top of the locker when she got to the gym, which is between Third and Fourth avenues, at 4:30 pm. When she returned to the locker room 90 minutes later, she discovered that her stuff was gone.
A thief stole a man’s Blackberry, mid-conversation, while he was standing on Fifth Avenue on June 9 — but he didn’t get far with the cellphone before he was picked.
The victim told police that he had just exited the subway station at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street at 7:30 pm when the thief approached, snatched the phone out of his hand, and ran towards Fifth Avenue.
The victim pursued the thief, who was apprehended by a nearby police officer.