Two con men managed to convince an elderly woman to withdraw $5,000 from her ATM and hand it over on May 12.
The 89-year-old victim told cops she was approached at Clinton Street and Atlantic Avenue at around noon by the two jerks, who happened to have her wallet. The pair asked, “Is this yours?” and then drove the woman to the Montague Street HSBC, telling her that they needed her to give them $5,000 before they could pay her $800,000.
After getting back in the car, the two punks took the five g’s, dropped the octogenarian off at her Pineapple Street home, and told her they would be in touch.
A thief was caught red-handed trying to steal a bicycle from the basement of a Dean Street building on May 10, but managed to escape after telling the man giving chase, “Relax man, let me go.”
The witness told cops he walked down to the basement of his building between Third and Fourth avenues after hearing strange noises at around at around 9:55 pm. The 69 year-old then opened the basement door to see a man trying to steal one of the other tenant’s cycles and shouted at the shady character, “That’s not yours!”
The suspect then made a run for it, and as the witness failed in an attempt to apprehend him, gave his laid back advice.
A jewel thief managed to swipe a pendant and a necklace from a jewelry store on May 14 after an employee mistakenly handed over the bling.
The employee at the jeweler on Fulton Street between Bond Street and Hanover Place told cops that he was attending to a customer at around 2:30 pm. While helping the one customer, he mistakenly handed the two jewels, valued at $5,000 each, to another customer, who then made a quick getaway.
A thief managed to replace $5,800 diamond with a fugazy at the Kay Jewelers on the Fulton Mall on May 8.
Surveillance cameras at the store near Hoyt Street revealed that the suspect had been inside, checking out the bling. The cameras also showed that the suspect reached over the counter twice while being assisted by a store manager at around 10 am.
The fraudulent diamond was discovered three days later during a routing merchandise check.
A woman’s purse was snatched from the Camp nightclub on Smith Street on May 15.
The victim told cops she had left her purse on the floor of the club between Warren and Wyckoff streets at around 1:30 am. When she returned 15 minutes later, the bag, containing $300 and three credit cards, was gone.
It took 20 brigands to rob a guy of his cellphone on May 5.
The victim told cops that he was with friends at Hanover Place and Fulton Street at around 1:30 am when the massive crowd attacked. During the brouhaha, the 24 year-old’s phone was knocked from his hand, and picked up by one of the troublemakers.
A thief snatched a woman’s purse from a Willoughby Street bodega on May 13.
The victim told cops that she had turned around to grab a drink at the convenience store, which is near Lawrence Street, at around 5:30 pm when the thief struck. She lost $48, a cellphone, a debit card, and a digital music player.
A thief snatched a woman’s purse as she exited the Jay Street subway station on May 10.
The 49-year-old victim told cops that she was on Jay Street between Willoughby and Johnson streets at around 3 pm when the perp ran up to her and made his move. She lost $1,500 and her social security card.
A thief stole two Apple laptops from a State Street apartment on May 11.
The ticked tenant told cops that she had left her crib, which is between Nevins Street and Third Avenue, at around 1 pm. About two hours later, she returned home to find the lower part of her door kicked in, the deadbolt still locked, and the two laptops missing.
— Stephen Brown