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A passenger turned into an attacker when she tried to rob the cabbie that had driven her to her Morgan Avenue destination on July 12.

The crook exited the cab at Olive Street and asked the driver to break a $100 bill at 2:40 am.

The perp then reached into the cab and removed the key from the ignition, saying, “If you don’t give me your money, you won’t see your wife — I’m going to call a friend and he’ll bring a gun,” according to the police report.

The 47-year-old driver ran from the car without giving up any money and got away from the attacker, who only made off with the cab’s keys.

Crying game

A Good Samaritan helped cops nab a less-than-terrifying 26-year-old who stole a Greenpoint woman’s purse on July 10.

The perp had grabbed the 45-year-old victim’s bag — which contained her cellphone — at around 6 pm, injuring her hand, thumb and wrist, cops said.

But just as the suspect began to leave the corner of Franklin and Freeman streets, a witness stopped him in his tracks and held him until the police arrived.

At that point, the suspect turned into a blubbering fool.

“I’m sorry. What I did to that woman was f—ing terrible,” he apparently told cops. “Please tell her I’m sorry.”

Green burgs

Burglars were running wild in in Greenpoint last week. Here are the shocking details:

• A cat-like crook broke into a Manhattan Avenue apartment on July 7 by entering through a bedroom window. The stealthy criminal made off with the 22-year old victim’s XBox and Dell laptop from the unit, which at Johnson Avenue.

• Some brawny burglars used brute force to break into a Metropolitan Avenue home on July 7. The thieves got away with the 38-year-old’s Kenmore stove and refrigerator sometime between 4 and 10 pm when the tenant was not in the unit, which is between Manhattan and Graham avenues.

• An electronic-hawking crook made off with a TV, a video game console, laptop, iPod and video camera from a Conselyea Street apartment while the resident was at the gym on July 10. The perp broke through the 25-year-old’s front door at around 11:30 pm and ransacked his apartment, which is between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue.

• The same Conselyea Street building endured another burglary a day later, as a 33-year-old woman’s apartment was burgled between 6 and 11 pm. The crook got away with the victim’s Apple laptop, camera, and necklace after entering through the front door while the woman was away.

Goooaaalllll!

A soccer hooligan stole a man’s bag while the victim played in a pick-up game on July 8.

The victim told cops that he’d set down his bag in the end zone of the field — at Bayard and Lorimer streets — at around 8 pm to join the soccer game.

When he returned for his belongings minutes later, the 59-year-old discovered that the bag, which had his cellphone, credit card, cash and glasses, had been taken.

Clothes horse

A fashion-conscious thief made off with $1,328 worth of men’s shirts from the Bedford Avenue Brooklyn Industries shop on July 9.

The crook left the store — which is at N. Eighth Street — without paying for his many polo and button-down shirts at around 6:30 pm, cops said.

Updated 4:54 pm, July 20, 2009
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Reasonable discourse

meghan from williamsburg says:
hi, while i appreciate you providing this news, i think it would be appropriate if you fact checked before posting it.

are you aware of the borders of greenpoint? the intersection of manhattan ave & johnson ave is NOT in greenpoint, and i do think that if you talked to any greenpoint residents they would be very surprised to see that being classified as so.

also i do think the rest of the the "green burg" section, detailing the burglaries near the graham avenue l stop, is not greenpoint either but wholly williamsburg.

this is not about correctly defining the neighborhood for the sake of real estate but rather, i think it is important to have the locations correctly classified so that when one reads the crime section for their neighborhood, they are reading about happenings that may affect them, instead of reading about crimes that have taken place elsewhere.
July 19, 2009, 12:55 pm

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