The bike-riding bandit who preys on iPhone owners has struck again — this time in the heart of Fort Greene!
Once believed to be a Park Slope phenomenon, the bicycling thief stole a man’s iPhone out of his hand on March 7 just as he exited the G train near Washington and Lafayette avenues at around 6 pm.
The thief rounded the corner and disappeared with the device.
A thief nabbed a Pratt Institute student’s Mac Book Pro from her locker on March 1.
The victim told cops that she may have left her locker unlocked when she went to class at around 4 pm in a building between Lafayette Avenue and Clinton Place.
More Target trauma
There were two more crimes at the Atlantic Avenue Target that came to light last week. Here’s a roundup:
• A thief stole a mom’s purse from the lobby of the building, which is near the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, while she was folding her baby’s stroller on Feb. 28. The victim told cops that this mom menace must have grabbed her purse off the floor while she was busy with the child at around 1 pm.
• An employee turned conniving counterfeiter when he tried to pay for items with fake money on Jan. 23. The fake funds amounted to over $2,500, but the crime was not discovered until last week.
A gang of five surrounded their 15-year-old victim on a subway platform and ripped his chain off of his neck on March 3.
The victim told cops that he was waiting at the Lafayette Avenue G-train station at around 3 pm when the troublesome tribunal surrounded him, and one of the thugs grabbed the chain.
The group then escaped.
A Dollar Menu debacle went down at the McDonald’s on Flatbush Avenue Extension when a perp stole a woman’s wallet on March 3.
The victim, who no doubt lost her appetite, told cops that the thief must have reached into her bag after she paid for her dinner at the fast food joint, which is at the corner of Fulton Street, at 6 pm.
A bandit stole a student’s backpack off the gym floor at Long Island University, getting away with his iPod on March 3.
The victim told cops that he only left his bag for a few minutes, but when he returned to it at 6:40 pm, it was missing.
A man was found shot, and barely breathing near the corner of North Oxford Walk near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on March 5.
Police reported that the man was conscious when he was found behind a house, but he was pronounced dead at 8 pm that night.
His murderer has not been caught.
Statistics show that the crime is the first homicide of the year in the confines of the 88th Precinct.
A money-hungry thief stole a wallet and cellphone from a diner at Just Taste It on March 4.
The victim told police that he had finished dining at the restaurant, which is near the corner of Clinton Avenue and Fulton Street, at around 11 pm when a man started a conversation with him on the sidewalk outside. During the conversation, the victim put his cellphone and wallet on a bench near the door and went back inside to get something he forgot. When he returned, the stranger and his belongings were gone.
Six gun-toting assailants waved guns and threw glass bottles at their victims on March 6.
Victims told cops that the vicious gang approached them on the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street at around 2:45 am. When the victims tried to escape, one of the perps picked up a glass bottle and slung it at one of the victims, hitting him in the back of the head. When he threw the bottle, the perp screamed, “Keep walking or we will beat you up and take your s–t!”
The victims followed directions, but the violent villains pulled out guns. When one of the gunslingers yelled, “I’m going to shoot you,” the victims started to run toward Franklin Avenue to escape the predators.
Officer James Christie later arrested four of the six assailants, cops said.
— Claire Glass