Cops collar two muggers!

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Cops made a great collar on Aug. 20, nabbing two men who allegedly mugged a man on Dean Street just after midnight.

The victim told police that he was between Fourth and Fifth avenues when two perps approached him and stopped him.

The first thug, 33, pulled out a black handgun and said, “Don’t do it to yourself. What’s in your pocket? How much money you got?”

Before the man could give a full reckoning, the perp rifled his pockets and grabbed a cellphone, iPod and a wallet with $17 in it.

But that wasn’t enough.

The second perp, 18, noticed a bag and asked, “What are you carrying?”

Again, before the man could answer, the thieves swiped his laptop computer.

The dastardly duo then fled towards Flatbush Avenue while the victim flagged down a cop. After a quick canvass of the area, cops nabbed their men — and their fake handgun.

The arresting officer’s name will be familiar to Park Slope stationhouse Johnny’s: Officer Andrew Suarez. In February, 2007, Suarez was shot near the precinct by an ex-con married to an NYPD officer.

Uh-oh grandpa

Talk about a naughty nurse: An 93-year-old man told cops this week that the woman who comes to his Garfield Place house to cook his meals swiped his credit card and stole more than $20,000 over the last year and a half.

It’s unclear how she got the card, but Det. Tony Shy, the precinct’s credit card fraud specialist, is on the case.

Reach in and steal something

A thief only had to raise a screen to steal two laptops from a Carroll Street apartment on Aug. 19.

The tenant told police that he was not in the unit, which is near Fifth Avenue, from 8:30 am until almost 9 pm, when he discovered the missing computers and the tell-tale sign: the open screen.

Dollar dorks

Two “dollar van” drivers got into a violent fight on Aug. 16 after one allegedly cut off the other near the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard — the famed speedway near the Prospect Park Zoo.

As best as cops can sort it out, one man said another driver cut him off, so when both vans were stopped at a light, the first man pulled the supposedly rude driver out of his van and cut him in the face with a knife.

“You can’t just disrespect me and drive off,” said the 6-foot-2, 150-pound man, who was driving a white van with the license plate ERP-7763.

The victim said he also saw a gun on his assailant — who speaks with a strong Jamaican accent and has long dreadlocks, police said — at a prior meeting.

Clean pick

He never felt a bump, but a man shopping at a Flatbush Avenue bodega on Aug. 17 said that a pickpocket swiped his wallet.

The man said he was in the store, which is near the Q train station at Park Place, at around 2 pm. When he got to the register to pay, he noticed that his wallet — and the $250 inside it — was gone.

Union haul

A clubhopper at one of the neighborhood’s popular nightspots lost her handbag when she left it on a table early at the Union Street bar on Aug. 15.

The woman told cops that she was at Union Hall, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at around 2:30 am. She left the bag unattended and returned to find it gone. Inside had been a Blackberry phone, another fancy cellphone and a Coach clutch.

Wheel progress

Get a load of this: Only two cars were reported broken into in the entire precinct last week, a nice change from the rampant auto crime of previous weeks. Here’s a roundup:

• A 1993 Jeep that had been parked near the corner of Eighth Avenue and Seventh Street at around 7:45 pm on Aug. 19 was gone when the owner returned to it at 1 am the next morning. Cops valued the clunker at $3,000.

• On Aug. 21, a thief smashed the window of an Audi that had been parked on Carroll Street near Eighth Avenue at about 4:30 pm and stole a laptop computer. The car’s owner discovered the crime when he returned to the German car an hour later.

— Gersh Kuntzman

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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