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A team of scoundrels snagged a woman’s wallet at a Union Street dog park on May 17, after distracting her with a group of rowdy canines.

The victim told cops that she was with her pooch at the park, which is near Fourth Avenue, at around 6 pm when a “few” males with two pit bulls and two smaller dogs sat down next to her.

After the hooligans’ hounds had antagonized the victim’s dog, the victim walked over to retrieve her mongrel. But when she left the park minutes later, she discovered that her wallet, containing a driver’s license, two credit cards and the keys to a BMW, had been swiped.

Batter up

Two thugs, including one wielding a baseball bat, beat up a newspaper deliveryman at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 12th Street on May 22 after trying to steal the man’s car.

The 34-year-old victim told cops that he tried to stop a miscreant from swiping his vehicle at 4:44 am, but he was punched in the face. Soon after, the offender’s friend arrived and whacked the victim repeatedly with a baseball bat.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Medical Center where he received treatment.

Not quite Rite

A group of hooligans broke into a Fifth Avenue Rite Aid early on May 21, grabbing several cartons of cigarettes before fleeing.

An eyewitness spotted the wrongdoers smashing in the front door of the store, which is between 10th and 11th streets, at 5:20 am, before the pack of thieves quickly seized the cigarettes and made its exit.

Car trouble

At least four vehicles — including one motorcycle — were stolen this week. Here are the grisly details in two of the crimes:

• A thief swiped a black April Durso motorbike — a model worth $10,000 — between 2 pm on May 21 and 10 pm two days later. The victim had chained his bike to a street sign on Sixth Avenue between Berkeley and Lincoln places, but returned to discover his beloved ride missing.

• Plunderers stole an Acura sedan from Third Street. The victim told cops that she had parked the car on May 18 between Seventh and Eighth avenues and returned to the spot two days later.


At least three homes were burglarized during the last week. Here’s a rundown:

• A 13th Street resident paid the price for leaving her windows unlocked when a sneaky thief hopped through and swiped $10,000 in jewelry on May 21. When the victim returned from work in the evening, she found her dressers had been shifted around, and that many necklaces, beads, gems and diamonds had been stolen.

• A thief swiped a digital camera from an Eighth Avenue apartment on May 19. The bandit entered through a rear window of the apartment, which is between First and Second streets, and grabbed the camera — and a jar of quarters — before fleeing.

• A thief stole nearly $1,000 in jewelry from a Fifth Avenue apartment on May 22. The victim, who was gone during the day, returned that night to find the stuff gone.

— Ben Kochman

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Lacey Gray from park Slope says:
I am the woman who was robbed when out with her dog.
If anyone has any information about two young hooligan men with dogs, you have to let me know. It's not just about the money, I am afraid that one of their animals has injured my precious sparkles. Sparkles is a south korean bird terrier whom I adopted during an unseccessful bid at trying to take a south korean baby back to the US with me.

As a single, childless woman sparkles is my everything. I just want these thugs to look me straight in the eye and say - Lacey, that was wrong, we love you and we love sparkles too.

The money can go to a charity for the blind, because I understand their plight. Without my sparkles I would be disabled, i wouldn't be able to see the beautiful world we live in - and yes, the world is beautiful, even with thug dog men.
May 26, 2010, 6:01 am

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