A series of group muggings in the neighborhood last week left victims doubting the old adage about safety in numbers. Here’s a roundup:
• A gang of young hoods surrounded some friends out for a late stroll in Fort Greene Park, grabbing their valuables on Sept. 21. The eight punks — one still with teenage acne, cops said — surrounded the two young victims at around 9:15 pm inside the park. The perps violently assaulted the friends and ran off with a pink Razr cellphone, a wallet and a North Face bookbag.
• Minutes later, the young thugs struck again, this time robbing one defenseless victim at the corner of Ashland Place and Myrtle Avenue.
A young man was heading home after a long day when the group surrounded him, with one thug pretending to have a gun. They ran off with a wallet, cash, a laptop, an iPhone, a camcorder and a pair of expensive custom earplugs.
• Six or seven violent hooligans committed another parkside robbery on Sept. 24, making off with a man’s jacket and money. The victim told cops that he was on N. Oxford Walk at 4:30 am when the ghastly group descended. Again, one assailant pretended to have a gun. Punches and kicks flew, and the unlucky man regained consciousness in the hospital — minus his stuff.
A thief made off with a woman’s expensive stuff and spoiled her sushi to boot on Sept. 23.
The victim was out for a late supper on Greene Avenue near Fulton Street when two men sneaked up behind her and grabbed her purse off the back of her chair. And it wasn’t just any purse — the designer tote was valued at $800, not even including its contents: a wallet, iPod, passport and makeup bag.
A 16-year-old who could have benefited from a day in school was apprehended for robbing and punching another teen on the corner of Rockwell Place and DeKalb Avenue.
The studious victim was heading to the train after classes on Sept. 24, when his plundering peer approached and slugged him in the nose, then took his phone. Police arrested the little thug a few blocks away at Fulton Street and Ashland Avenue.
A thief gave a middle-aged man a reason to be worried when he stole a bag containing a computer and a bottle of anti-anxiety pills on Sept. 22.
The victim said he was waiting in line at Prospect Drugs on Greene Avenue at around 11 am when he rested his tote on the floor. The crook passed by and grabbed it, getting a Macbook Pro and a filled prescription for Lexapro.
A black-clad sneak nabbed a woman’s wallet at the Atlantic Avenue Target on Sept. 25.
The victim was shopping at around 6 pm when she felt a rustle in her bag — but by the time she turned around, all she saw was a man in black fleeing out the door with her wallet, which contained cash and credit cards.
A burglar didn’t have to work hard on Sept 26, when he cleaned out two inattentive roommates in their Washington Avenue home.
The young men were doing leisurely activities in and around the unit, which is near Myrtle Avenue — one was taking a shower, the other was out for a jog. After the jogger left the gate open on his way out, the thief entered and grabbed a Macbook Pro, two cameras and a Blackberry smartphone. And he did it so quickly that the other roommate was still in the shower.
The Lov-N-Oven Pizza on DeKalb Avenue isn’t a self-service establishment, but a thief helped himself to a wallet from the counter on Sept. 21.
A middle-aged woman placed her wallet down for a moment at around 3:15 pm while she considered toppings at the pizza joint near St. Felix Street. By the time she was ready to order, she discovered that she couldn’t pay for the pie because her Coach wallet, which contained cash and cards, was gone.
A bandit redefined blasphemy when he robbed a woman during a prayer service on Sept. 23.
The victim, an out-of-towner, left her bag inside a locked room at the Prevailing Word Ministries on Fulton Street, while she immersed herself in religion from 3 to 7 pm. The unholy man got in and grabbed her purse, then took the Christ out of Christmas by going on a shopping spree with her credit cards.