Thieves grabbed at least two more iPhones in separate incidents that fit an increasing — and disquieting — pattern.
In the first incident, the iPhone bicycle thief struck again, this time cruising up behind a 24-year-old woman as she walked near the corner of Park Place and Seventh Avenue at around 10 pm on Jan. 7.
Before she could even react, the thief had grabbed the fancy phone and kept on riding.
The next day, a 39-year-old woman told cops that a thief grabbed the multi-use device from her hand on a Bronx-bound 2 train between the Grand Army Plaza and Bergen Street stations at around 2:35 pm.
She told cops that she was writing an e-mail at the time and only got a fleeting glance at the thief, whom she described as 16 years old.
Here’s one worker who won’t win “Employee of the Month.”
A Pathmark cashier bought more than $5,000 in gift cards by making fraudulent charges on other people’s credit cards between Christmas and Jan. 5, when the crime was discovered, cops said.
The worker at the 12th Street supermarket has not yet been collared.
A teenager seeking a happy new year became a crime victim at seconds into 2010 when a thief took advantage of the raucous celebrations at an 11th Street house party and stole her purse.
The 19-year-old upstate resident told cops that she felt a 15-year-old boy shove into her just after midnight at the party, which was between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
Only later did she realize that the teen had taken her wallet, watch, $100 and various cards.
A Bingo-loving woman had her pocketbook stolen at a Fifth Avenue gaming club on Jan. 2.
The 34-year-old told cops that she was inside the Bingo hall, which is at Ninth Street, at around 10:30 pm when she left the purse on a table as she went to the bathroom.
When she returned, the purse — and the $100 inside — was gone.
But days later, the victim got another surprise: A Seventh Street resident sent back many items from the purse, including the woman’s house keys and driver’s license. He told cops that he had found the purse on his stoop.
A thief swiped 40 pairs of shoes from the lobby of a Prospect Park West building early in the new year.
The 40-year-old resident told cops that he was not in his building, which is between Fourth and Fifth streets, from 8 am on Dec. 31 until 5 pm on Jan. 4, when he returned to discover that the two score of shoes were missing from the vestibule.
There were at least three other break-ins last week. Here’s a roundup:
• A thief broke into an apartment on Degraw Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues and stole $2,000 in savings bonds sometime between Jan. 2 and Jan. 7.
• A woman told cops that she left her coat in front of her President Street apartment at around 7:30 pm on Jan. 5, but when she returned downstairs to retrieve it, the coat — which contained her iPhone, iPod and $375 — was gone from the stoop, which is between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
• A thief stole an Apple laptop out of an apartment on Union Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues on Jan. 9. The resident told cops that she was not in the unit from 8 pm until 8:40 pm, when she returned to discover no obvious evidence of the break-in. She told police that she was not sure if the front door had been locked.
— Gersh Kuntzman