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Cops are looking for a fast-moving thief who swiped an iPhone from an area woman.

The victim told police that she was nearing the corner of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue at 6:30 p.m. on October 19 when the unidentified stranger ran past her, snagging the phone right out of her hands.

Police said that the thief even made a faster getaway by jumping on a nearby bike and pedaling off.

Cops were hoping to put the brakes on the thug’s shenanigans as this paper went to press.

Two days after the above incident, another area resident told police that he was out one iPhone.

The 39-year-old male said that he was walking along Fourth Avenue near First Street at 8:10 p.m. on October 21 when someone crept up behind him.

The thief grabbed the phone from his hands and ran off, the victim said.

Cops are looking for the low down dirty crooks that broke into a Fourth Avenue dry cleaner.

Workers at the store between Union and President streets told police that the thieves clipped the locks to the roll-down security gates sometime after closing at 10:30 p.m. on October 21.

The break-in wasn’t discovered until employees showed up for work the next morning.

Over $200 in receipts was taken, officials said.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this break-in to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 78th Precinct at (718) 636-6411. All calls will be kept confidential.

Over $1,000 in cash was removed from a Fifth Avenue restaurant last week.

Police said that thieves set their sights on Mulino near St. John’s Place sometime after the neighborhood eatery closed during the early morning hours of October 24.

The thieves reportedly broke into the basement and then made their way up into the restaurant, where the money was found in a lock-box, officials said.

Police recently investigated two burglaries in which air conditioners were removed to make entrances.

Officials said that someone entered an apartment on 12th Street near Prospect Park West on the afternoon of October 11 after removing an air conditioner sticking out of a window, and crawled into the open space he had just made.

The thief ran off -- this time through the front door -- with a back pack filled with $2800 in property that included a laptop computer, an iPod and some jewelry.

Two days later, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for breaking into a fourth floor apartment on Fifth Avenue near Berkeley Place.

Police said that once again an air conditioner was “pushed out of the way” so the thief could squeeze inside and raid the place.

The thief ran off with an iPod, a diamond ring, a gold chain, a Wii game and a computer, but was apprehended a short time later, officials said.

Cops were reportedly trying to connect the 15-year-old to the first theft as this paper went to press.

A patron at the Ocean Eleven pool hall on Flatbush Avenue near Park Place was spritzed in the face with a noxious chemical during a brawl with a braided woman, officials said.

The victim said that she was setting up shots in the hall at 1:50 a.m. on October 13 when she got into an argument with the woman.

The stranger, described as a black woman in her early twenties, sprayed the 19-year-old in the face and ran off, leaving the victim’s eyes stinging and swollen.

Cops were still looking for the assailant as this paper went to press.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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