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Over $2,600 in blood glucose strips were swiped from an area Duane Reade pharmacy, police were told last week.

Officials said that the chain store on 86th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues was open for business at 8 p.m. on October 18 when a thief jumped over the pharmacy counter and grabbed up boxes upon boxes of glucose strips.

The pharmacy was closed at the time, said workers, who didn’t know that anything was wrong until after the thief fled the store.

Talk about a low blow: thieves broke into two basement apartments within a three-day span last week.

Cops in Dyker Heights said that someone broke into a basement apartment on 62nd Street near 13th Avenue by kicking in the back door sometime after 7 a.m. on October 19.

When the 22-year-old victim returned home at 5 p.m. that evening, he found the door open and $500, his jewelry and iPod missing.

Two days later, a 42-year-old man returned to his basement apartment on 78th Street near Gatling Place at 10:30 p.m. to not only find his door open, but broken off the frame as well.

The victim said that whoever busted in the door made off with his 32” flat screen television, a Dell laptop computer, three gold rings, a gold chain and five gold watches.

Cops said that they were investigating both break-ins, but it was unclear if the heists were related as this paper went to press.

With NASCAR-like pit crew precision, a crew of thieves made off with the tires from a 2009 Honda Fit parked on 84th Street recently.

The car’s owner, 54, told police that she parked the car on 84th Street near Dyker Place at 5 p.m. on October 17.

When she returned to her car at 10 am the next morning, all four tires -- which cost $2,400 -- were missing.

Police sources said that Honda Fits are often targeted by thieves because the wheels can be slapped on cars used in street races.

Cops are investigating an 85th Street man’s claims that someone had swiped his identity, which was then used to go onto a $2,000 shopping spree.

Police were told that a 60-year-old’s Social Security numbers were copied sometime between July 14 and August 10.

The thief then used the numbers to open a Capital One credit card account, which he maxed out.

The 60-year-old, who lives near Fourth Avenue, didn’t realize anything was wrong until he got the bill.

Cops were alerted to the theft on October 19.

A thief raided a Bay Ridge Avenue home but left something behind -- his footprint.

The 63-year-old resident told police that she had just returned to her home near 15th Avenue after a two week vacation when she found her bedroom window open. A footprint was left on the windowsill, she said.

While the home was ransacked and all the drawers were left open, nothing was reported missing, police said.

Cops are continuing their search for the gun-toting thief who barked orders at his 29-year-old victim as he waved his pistol around.

The victim said that he had just left his friend’s home on 14th Avenue and was approaching 10th Avenue and 72nd Street at12:10 a.m. October 14 when a stranger approached with a gun in his hand.

“Don’t move, hands up! Turn around!” the gunman said as he whirledthe victim in the opposite direction.

As the thief kept his gun trained on the man’s back, an accomplice reportedly went through the victim’s pockets, taking an iPod and a set of keys.

The two thugs then ran off into the night, leaving the victim unharmed, officials said.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward. Calls can be made to the 68th Precinct at (718) 439-4211. All calls will be kept confidential.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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