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Robbery skip

Cops in the 76th Precinct are barreling into 2009 with a statistical skip in robberies, but not by any earth-shattering numbers.

According to recently released NYPD CompStat statistics, the precinct has seen four robberies — count ‘em, four — in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook as of January 11.

The four robberies are an increase over the two hold-ups that took place at the same time in 2008, officials said.

Cops are also seeing an increase in burglaries. Officials said that five break-ins had been reported as of January 11. During the same two weeks the year before, only one burglary had taken place.

Despite the slight increases, the precinct is still down 5.8 percent in felony crime for the year, officials said.

Bicyclist robbed

Police are looking for the thief who knocked a bicyclist off his wheels and robbed him of his property as he pedaled past the corner of Baltic and Hoyt streets last week.

The 25-year-old cyclist told police that he was nearing the corner at 10:45 p.m. on January 13 when the unidentified suspect lunged at him, slapping him in the face.

The force of the hit was like putting a rod into the spokes of a rolling tire, officials said.

He fell to the ground, where the thief forced him to give up his money.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (718) 834-3211. All calls will be kept confidential.

Truck break in

Thieves broke into a truck parked on Second Avenue last week, taking a bag of tools and some electronics, officials said.

The worker said that he parked the Ford Ecoline truck on the street at 10:15 a.m. on January 12.

A short time later, a man was seen rooting through the back of the truck.

The thief fled the area in a brown sedan with the victim’s cell phone, iPod, his tools and a baseball bat.

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

Great bargains

A 19-year-old cashier at an area Marshall’s department store was arrested last week after she allegedly helped two women with some unadvertised bottom dollar bargains.

A lost prevention specialist at the Marshall’s, located on Atlantic Avenue at the Atlantic Center Mall, told officials that Renelle Short allegedly assisted the two young women, who were also arrested, back on January 10.

Video surveillance inside the store shows that the two women — believed to be friends of the cashier -- approached her line with a cart filled with clothing and two pieces of luggage just before 1 p.m. and let several customers skip them until they were last.

When the coast was clear, Short allegedly rang up the items, but then immediately voided all of the purchases, save for one.

She then bagged up all of the items and gave it to the two women, who left the store with $450 worth of store merchandise.

The price they paid? Twenty dollars, officials said.

Cops apprehended Short on January 15, charging her with petit larceny and falsifying business records.

Not fast enough

A fleet-footed thief and an accomplice were taken into custody last week for taking an iPhone from a 13-year-old boy.

Officials said that 17-year-old Dashawn Speed — we’re not kidding — and his 15-year-old accomplice jumped their victim at the corner of Butler and Smith streets at 3:45 p.m. on January 7 and forced the young teen to hand over his $399 phone.

The thieves ran off, but cops from the 76th Precinct stopped the two thieves a short time later, charging them with robbery after they were identified as the phone grabbers, officials said.

Ganged up on

A crew of at least ten thugs is being sought for beating and robbing a 43-year-old man last week.

The victim said that he had just walked a friend to the Bergen Street station at Smith Street and was heading back home at 9 p.m. on January 7 when he noticed that the thieves were following him.

The thieves jumped the victim at the corner of Congress and Clinton streets, officials said.

After punching him in the side of the face and knocking him to the ground, the thieves took the man’s wallet — which had about $25 — and ran off.

Cops were still looking for the thieves — believed to be teenagers — as this paper went to press.

Help wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering up to $500 in reward money to anyone who can lead them to graffiti vandals.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality-of-life complaints brought to the NYPD.

The police believe there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will put up with other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Looking for Joey

Cops are on the hunt for a bumbling burglar named Joey who tried -- and failed -- to break into a Fifth Avenue home with a friend last week.

Officials said that someone tried to force their way into the apartment, located near St. Mark’s Place, sometime between 5 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on January 14.

But the door wouldn’t budge.

The two thieves ultimately ran off, leaving a damaged door lock and door frame.

A neighbor told police that he reportedly heard a loud banging noise.

After a short time, he heard someone say, “Let’s go, Joey,” before the suspects ran off.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

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

Poor script

Cops are trying to find the thief who is bilking doctors from New York Methodist Hospital of their insurance payouts.

Administrators from the Sixth Street hospital told police that someone intercepted five insurance checks made out to their doctors, forged the physicians’ names on them and then cashed them.

Just over $13,500 in payouts were lost before the fraud was discovered last week.

Laptop taken

A 25-year-old Sackett Street woman returned home last week to discover that someone had swiped her $1,500 laptop computer.

Police were told that the woman left her home, located near Fourth Avenue, at 8 a.m. on January 15.

When she returned at 7 p.m., she discovered that someone had forced open her front door.

Floating in

A thief took a laptop computer from a 31-year-old woman’s President Street home, but police have no clue just how he got inside.

Cops were told that the thief entered the home at Fifth Avenue sometime between 8:30 a.m. on January 12 and 12:06 a.m. the following morning.

The only thing missing was the laptop, a modem and an extended hard drive, investigators were told.

No signs of forced entry were found.

Moving day

Residents of a St. Johns Place building saw someone going in and out of a 31-year-old man’s apartment, but didn’t realize that the man shouldn’t have been there, cops were told this week.

Police said that someone broke into the third-floor apartment between 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. on January 12.

At least one tenant of the building, located near Eighth Avenue, said that they saw a black male in a dark winter jacket enter the victim’s apartment, but thought nothing of it at the time.

The door, the tenant recalled, was ajar when the unidentified male entered the apartment, officials said.

The devil you know

Cops are investigating a 54-year-old man’s claims that a friend of his made off with over $5,400 in antique jewelry he kept in his home.

The victim, a resident of Second Street near Sixth Avenue, said that the jewelry disappeared from his home sometime between December 31 and January 5.

The resident said that his friend, a 50-year-old male, is the only other person with keys to his place, but he was supposed to only use the keys “in case of emergency.”

Police were told that $5400 in jewelry was taken including a choker, a diamond ring and a gold bracelet bejeweled with pearls.

Help find her

Cops are again asking for the public’s help in their search for a 12-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen by family members in nearly two months.

Julian Carrozza, 12, was reportedly last seen getting into a dark-colored car — possibly a livery cab — near her grandparents’ home at Vanderbilt Street near Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace at 4 p.m. on November 14.

At the time, the young girl was wearing a blue sweater, white pants and blue sneakers.

Worried family members said Julian is 5’8” and 125 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Robbed in park

Cops are investigating a recent robbery of an 11-year-old boy inside Washington Park.

The child and a friend, students at the adjoining MS 51 said that they were inside the park at Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street after dismissal Monday when they were attacked by a crew of teenage hooligans, according to published reports.

The teenage thieves tried to rob the two victims, but one of them ran away.

The thieves then turned their attentions on the remaining victim, who was punched in the face and robbed of his iPod and cash.

Concerned parents told reporters that this was second time in recent weeks that the gang of teens had robbed a student from MS 51.

Cops were investigating the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.

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

Wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti continues, a $500 reward is being offered to anyone with information about graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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