Money doesn’t grow in bandannas.
A 72-year-old man learned this lesson the hard way on April 1 when he fell for a flim-flam artist’s mystical money scheme.
The senior told police that he withdrew $6,400 from the Citibank on Flatbush Avenue between Sterling Place and Plaza Street East at noon and gave it to the con artist for a “religious reason.”
He wouldn’t go into further details, but he either fell for the old cleansing evil spirits con or the double-your-money scheme. In both cases a priest or priestess takes the money, wraps it in a bandanna, spouts some gibberish and gives the bandanna back to the victim.
But by that point the con artist has already made the switch and hands the victim a bandanna filled with newspaper — which is just what the senior got back.
A sticky fingered thief was arrested at a Flatbush Avenue Key Food on April 2 after he tried to pinch $280 from a store register.
Police said the 27-year-old thief entered the supermarket between Park and Sterling places at 6:15 pm, snaked his hand into the open till and snatched the cash.
A security guard grabbed him as he slithered toward the exit, said police.
An employee at an Atlantic Avenue McDonald’s helped bag a hamburglar caught breaking into cars inside the eatery’s parking lot on April 1.
Police said that the employee was throwing out the trash at 8:45 am when he saw the 36-year-old thief smash the passenger side window of a 1996 Nissan Maxima.
The thief grabbed a navigation system and ran off down Vanderbilt Avenue, not knowing that the employee had called police.
A 27-year-old woman suffered a cut to her head and hand on April 3 as she fended off a female assailant on St. Marks Avenue.
Officials said that the victim was arguing with the 28-year-old acquaintance inside an address between Classon and Franklin avenues just after 3 am when the outraged woman began threatening her with a knife.
The 28-year-old suspect then lobbed a bottle at the victim, striking her in the head.
As paramedics arrived to render aid, cops took her attacker into custody, charging the woman with assault.
Someone busted the driver’s-side window on a Nissan Altima on Lincoln Place on March 31.
The owner told police that the vandalism took place sometime before 6:30 pm as the car sat between Franklin and Classon avenues.
Nothing was taken, the victim said.
— Thomas Tracy