Two campuses, two crimes

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Two thieves found easy targets on Fort Greene institutions of higher learning:

• The first victim, a student at Long Island University, was picking up his belongings at 6 pm on Sept. 30 when he discovered that a thief had cleaned out his locker and taken his backpack and iPhone.

The thief had used a credit card at Modell’s and Best Buy before the victim could cancel it.

• On Oct. 4, thief took advantage of a young woman who was cramming for a test in a classroom at the Pratt Institute. At about 5 pm, she left to get some air, but when she returned half an hour later, she discovered that her recently purchased Dell laptop was gone.

Phone snatch

A young thief grabbed a pricey cellphone on the Lafayette Avenue subway platform on Sept. 29.

The victim, who was coming home from school, was approached by the thug, who looked about 18-years-old.

“What time is it?” inquired the thief.

When the victim pulled out his phone to check, the thief snatched it and ran.


A violent thug delivered some blows near Fort Greene Park, and picked up a few bucks while he was at it on Sept. 29.

The victim was walking past the park at around 5 pm when an assailant approached at the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Ashland Place and, without a word, punched him five times in the face, giving him a black eye and a fat lip.

As an afterthought, the felon demanded cash and got away with about $30.

Slow upstairs

A gun-toting mugger surprised a woman at her Cambridge Place door on Oct. 2, and then took her upstairs to rob her.

The victim was on her stoop fiddling with the keys of her building, near Greene Street at around 9:30 pm when she felt someone breathing down her neck. She turned to see a doo-ragged thug with a gun in his hand.

“Give me your cash,” he demanded. She turned over the $5 in her wallet, but that was not enough.

“Now, give me your phone,” said the thug.

“My phone is inside,” said the victim. The thief then marched her upstairs and took some expensive jewelry, a laptop and the phone.

Chains that bind

Bike thieves were on the loose last week:

• The first victim locked up his bike at Habana Outpost at around 1 pm on Oct. 1. While he was behind the famed Fulton Street bar, a thief broke through his lock and took the $3,500 bike. Around 10 pm the barman was ready to pedal home, but his cycle, and its new owner, were long gone.

• Another man left an Atlantic Avenue supermarket with two armfuls of groceries at around 5:30 pm on Oct. 4 to find his bicycle chain in the mouth of a thief’s bolt-cutter. The thief fled from the crime scene, near Sixth Avenue, without getting the bike, valued at $2,000. Cops responded quickly, and picked up the would-be thief, who was caught with the bolt-cutter in hand, police said.

Updated 12:08 am, October 7, 2009
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Reasonable discourse

Elle from Marine Park says:
Students should not be foolish enough to leave new laptops and cell phones available for theft. I understand that many of these students are NOT from NYC and generally naive to thiefs and criminals, but use common sense. Street smarts. Hopefully these students learned a valuable lesson.
Oct. 6, 2009, 11:40 am

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