A scammer snatched a 41-year-old’s wallet as he walked on the fabled Brooklyn Heights Promenade on Oct. 1.
The thief confronted the victim near Clark Street at around 11:20 am and asked the victim for a quarter.
When the victim pulled out his wallet — which contained a debit card, a Metrocard, NJ Transit Card, ID, and $11 — the crook grabbed it and fled.
Downtown crooks took advantage of shoppers last week, heisting at least three unattended purses from patrons of shops and eateries. Here are the horrifying details:
• The Fulton Mall department store Conway lived up to its name on Oct. 2 when a crook heisted a 35-year-old woman’s purse. The thief snatched the bag off — which held $200 — the victim’s stroller between 10:50 am and noon inside the store, which is near the corner of Bond Street.
• A perp snatched a 45-year-old woman’s purse from a Nevins Street pizzeria on Sept. 30, grabbing the pocketbook after the victim accidentally left it behind at around 6:45 pm.
She returned to the eatery, which is near Livingston Street, moments later, but the dark green handbag — which contained keys, IDs, credit cards, a paycheck, paperwork and $940 — was gone.
• A thief heisted a 45-year-old woman’s wallet from a boutique on Fulton Street between Bridge and Lawrence streets on Sept. 30, striking at around 4:45 pm, when the victim was in a changing room. When she returned, she spotted a stranger dashing out of the dressing room — with her credit cards and $300.
Three thugs pushed a Nevins Street sidewalk vendor to the ground before stealing his merchandise on Oct. 1
The thieves got into an argument with the 37-year-old merchant at around 3:50 pm near the corner of Livingston Street.
When the victim called police for help, the crooks knocked his phone from his hand, shoved him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly, causing “laceration as well as pain, swelling and general discomfort,” police reports indicate.
Before fleeing, the bad guys grabbed six wallets and eight hats, valued together at $150.
Five hoodlums ransacked a Willoughby Street Radio Shack on Sept. 22 — and were pretty threatening about it, too.
The wrong-doers entered the electronics store near Jay Street at around 6:35 pm and grabbed an iPod, four iPod Nanos, and an HP laptop.
When an employee tried to stop the criminal team from sauntering out the store, one of the crooks told him, “Don’t follow me or I’ll kill you.”
A crook stole a newspaper vendor’s bag — filled with something black and white and green all over — from his Montague Street stand on Sept. 29.
The lawbreaker grabbed the satchel — which contained $6,000 — while the victim unpacked papers near Henry Street between 9:10 am and 9:35 am.
A Downtown pickpocket grabbed a 27-year-old woman’s IDs and debit card at the corner of Livingston and Hoyt streets on Oct. 1.
The thief snatched the victim’s Social Security card, driver’s permit, Medicaid card, and charge card at around 9:10 am.
Yet another gym rat was at work last week, breaking into a locker in a Boerum Place health club on Sept. 30 — a crime that makes frequent appearances in these pages.
The thief defeated a combination lock inside the New York Sports Club near the corner of Pacific Street and snatched the victim’s credit card, debit card, Metrocard and $20 from his pockets.
After raiding the locker between 4 and 5:45 pm, the hoodlum used the victim’s credit card to purchase $1,200 of goods at Target, police reports indicate.
A burglar stole a Nintendo Wii from a Bergen Street residence early on Sept. 28.
The thief opened a kitchen window and moved some flowerpots to get into the apartment — which is near Nevins Street — at around 5:55 am.
Once inside, the crook grabbed the video game console and a controller and fled.