A thief who swiped a bike outside the Atlantic Center Mall was arrested on May 10 after the owner of the two wheeler told police about a distinctive feature — it had no seat.
The victim told police that he locked his $1,100 Schwinn Voyager to a bike rack on Atlantic Avenue near Fort Greene Place at 10:35 am. He then removed the bicycle seat, locking it on the same rack next to his bike before running a few errands.
When he returned over a half hour later, the seat was still attached to the rack, but the bike wasn’t.
It didn’t take long for cops to track down the 45-year-old thief, who was spotted riding high on the uncushioned two wheeler past the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Rockwell Place.
A hooligan snatched a phone from a woman’s hand on DeKalb Avenue on May 12 — then punched her in the face when she demanded her phone back, police said.
The thug jumped his victim between Vanderbilt and Clinton avenues at 1:20 pm. Police said the perp tried to run off after punching her, but the tenacious woman refused to let him go, grabbing the hood by the hood to slow his escape.
Cops ultimately caught up with the 31-year-old thief at the corner of St. James Place and Gates Avenue.
A thug robbed a 65-year-old man of his wallet during a furious exchange near the DeKalb Avenue subway station on May 13.
The victim told police that he was on his way home when the thief, who had followed him from the station, knocked him to the ground at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues at 9 pm.
A thief punched a woman in the shoulder during a purse snatching on May 10.
The woman said she was waiting for the bus near the corner of Washington and Myrtle avenues at 10:50 pm when the suspect attacked and ran off with her belongings.
A thief broke into a Rockwell Place home on May 11, but never had a chance to enjoy his loot, police said.
The crook reportedly forced the door to the apartment between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue at 2:49 pm, and scooped up a camera and an Apple computer. He fled, but was apprehended when cops did a brief search of the area.
A thief broke into a locker at a Crunch gym on Fulton Street on May 11, taking $1,000 and an assortment of credit cards that a workout fiend had left inside.
The 48-year-old victim told police that he was pumping up inside the fitness franchise between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street at 7:40 pm when the thief snipped the lock to the locker and went through his things.
At least three cars were broken into over the last week. Here’s the rundown:
• A thief smashed the rear passenger window to a Toyota Rav 4 on May 10 as it sat on Willoughby Avenue between Hall Street and Ryerson Street. The owner of the SUV said that she was gone for only 30 minutes beginning at 11:50 am, but in that time, someone made off with her laptop computer, jewelry and a suitcase filled with clothing.
• A Kenwood stereo, iPod and navigation system were stolen from a 1999 Volkswagen Passat on May 14. The thief found the vehicle parked on DeKalb Avenue between Clinton and Waverly Avenues sometime after 5 pm and busted the driver’s-side window to get inside.
• A 43-year-old thief was arrested on May 13 after he was spotted breaking into a car sitting in the Atlantic Center Mall parking lot on Atlantic Avenue near Fort Greene Place. The sticky-fingered goon was removing a wallet, pen and a pack of cigarettes from the car when he was taken into custody just before 4:30 pm.