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Baby love

Who said thugs can’t be good dads? Cops certainly weren’t after responding to a Franklin Avenue deli on June 9 after thieves cut a hole through the roof to take thousands cash and 18 cans of baby formula.

Employees said that everything was fine when they closed the store at Park Place at 11:30 pm. But when they opened the store up at 7:40 am the next morning, they made an unexpected discovery: a new skylight.

Over $4,000 were taken, police said.

Bad gamble

An Acorn HS teacher was attacked on June 9 after he caught a group of students gambling on the Grand Avenue school grounds.

The teacher told police he spotted the teens placing their bets inside the gym of the school between Dean and Bergen streets at 10:15 am and seized the profits from the criminal enterprise.

He was about to take the money to the dean of students when one of the gamblers jumped him, locking his arms behind his back and leaving him with a slight injury that needed medical attention.

Cops arrested the 15-year-old assailant a short time later.

Bottle burg

What goes well with breaking into a home? Red or white?

A thief didn’t differentiate when he stole six bottles of vino from a Washington Avenue home, police said.

A woman’s bike was also removed from the address between Bergen Street and St. Marks Avenue back on May 2, although the theft wasn’t reported until June 14 — just before investigators slapped the cuffs on the 50-year-old perpetrator.

Bike blues

There were two free-wheeling thefts in Prospect Heights last week. Here’s the rundown:

• A thief gershed a $500 bike locked to the front gate of a Prospect Place home on June 8. The 24-year-old owner of the two-wheeler said that she left her bike secured to the front fence of the building between Grand and Classon avenues at 10 pm. Both her wheels and the bike lock were reported missing two hours later.

• Workers at Golden Chopsticks on Franklin Avenue between St. Johns and Lincoln places told police that someone swiped a bike used for deliveries on June 8. The bike disappeared just before 5 pm, they said.

Car bust ups

Police said there were a handful of car break-ins in Prospect Heights. Here’s a sample:

• A thief smashed a rear window to a 2000 Acura parked on Prospect Place between Classon and Franklin avenues sometime after 11 pm on June 10. A portable navigation system and an iPod Touch was removed.

• A camera, radar detector and navigation system were ripped out of a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country left on Classon Avenue between Park and Sterling places on June 9. Someone punched through a window during a 10-minute window beginning at 12:20 pm, the victim said.

• A thief broke into a 2010 Honda Accord on Prospect Place on June 9, taking an air bag from the vehicle between Vanderbilt and Underhill avenues.

— Thomas Tracy

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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