Customers getting ‘Malled’

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Atlantic frantic

More troublemakers stalked the Atlantic Terminal Mall at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues last week. Here’s a roundup:

• A thief swiped a woman’s purse and handed it off to an accomplice, who fled in a black livery cab in front of the mall on March 8. The victim told cops that she was buying a soda at around 4:30 pm when the thief struck. A struggle between the victim and perp concluded with the thief handing the bag off to his partner in crime. The get-away snatcher got $500.

• Will people ever learn to mind their belongings at the uber-sketchy Target? A careless woman left her purse at the cash register of the department store, only to return a minute later and find it had been snatched on March 10. The victim told cops that she was checking out at around 3:35 pm when she realized that she had left her purse. She returned within a minute, but her bag, containing $650 and a cellphone, was long gone.

• A misguided youth attempted to rob the Payless Shoes on March 11, but was busted by cops.

Police said that the 15-year-old troublemaker entered the shoe store at around 4:30 pm and pretended he had a gun. But while the thug was attempting to swipe cash from the register, Officer Omisanya Basil arrived and arrested him.

Bad bail

A cunning con duped a woman into handing over $5,500 to bail her sister’s fiancé out of jail on March 8, though in reality he was not in the slammer.

The victim said that she was visiting her mother at her apartment on Hall Street between Willoughby and Myrtle avenues at around 10 am when she got a mysterious call from a man who said that he urgently needed the cash to bail out her brother-in-law-to-be.

The victim then withdrew the money, and agreed to meet the perp at the corner of Willoughby Avenue and Hall Street. Hours later, she realized she had been had.


At least two cars were stolen last week:

• A car jacker got a Nissan Maxima from Fort Greene Place near DeKalb Avenue on March 11. The owner told cops that she had parked her car at around 1 pm, but it was gone two hours later.

• Another carjacker stole a Lincoln Navigator on March 13. The owner told cops that he had parked on Classon Avenue and Fulton Street at around 6:30 pm. When he returned five hours later, it was gone.

Cambridge caper

A burglar busted into at least two apartments in the same Cambridge Place building between Greene and Gates avenues on March 11.

The first victim told cops she returned to her apartment at around 7 pm and noticed the lock of her front door had been broken. The thief made off with a digital camera, a DVD player and an iPod.

The next victim told cops he returned home at around 7:45 pm, only to notice a similar scene in which his front door had been forced open. The burglar escaped with a digital camera, a cellphone, iPod, and Mac Book computer.

Storage swipe

A thief stole an assortment of equipment from a state storage unit on Rockwell Place on March 11.

The New York State human resources worker told cops that she noticed that the gear had vanished from a storage room between DeKalb Avenue and Fulton Street at around 9 am.

The thief made off with two projectors and an assortment of signature pads valued at $3,000 total. The gear had been in storage since the beginning of the year.

Student swipe

A thief swiped a Long Island University student’s purse while she was in class on March 11.

The stupefied student told cops she was in a lab class at around 9 am when the thief must have struck, stealing her purse that contained $22 and an assortment of credit cards. The victim noted that the swindler had apparently used her Macy’s card at the nearby department store on the Fulton Mall.


A brutal thug slashed a 14-year-old’s face on Fort Greene Place on March 12.

The young victim told cops that she was walking between Lafayette Avenue and Hanson Place towards Brooklyn Technical HS at around 7 am when her unknown assailant attacked from behind, slashing both sides of her face.


Two brigands stormed a Myrtle Avenue bodega on March 13, shooting an employee in the leg.

The wounded worker told cops that the thugs entered the convenience store between Washington Park and Carlton Avenue at around 10:30 pm. One of the thugs flashed the piece, then used it to shoot the victim, who told cops that he recognized the brutes from around the neighborhood.


A thief swiped a wallet from a locker in the Crunch gym on Fulton Street on March 14.

The physically active victim told cops that he returned to his locker in the gym between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street at around 3:30 pm to find the lock clipped and his wallet, containing $60 and an assortment of IDs, gone.

Walgreens wack

A bozo tried to rob a Myrtle Avenue Walgreens, but was busted by the cops on March 14.

An employee told cops that the menacing thief entered the store between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi Street at around 5 pm. An hour later, Officer Edgar Veras had slapped the cuffs on the 36-year-old suspect.

— Stephen Brown

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

joey from clinton hills says:
I think you are using the term "Carjacker" incorrectly. A "Carjacker" takes a car from the occupant/owner by threat or force. The stolen cars in this report were parked and unoccupied when they were stolen.
March 16, 2010, 9:54 am
joey from clinton hills says:
also, that Crunch locker room is very sketchy at times. watch out.
March 16, 2010, 9:56 am
Dee from Prospect Heights says:
It's amazing there were any cops left on Ground Taking day to arrest that kid, since they had been "mobilized" to reign in those pesky drummers protesting and blowing 99 cent store whistles!
March 16, 2010, 1:17 pm

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