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Bum rushed

Five thieves jumped a 21-year-old at the corner of Lafayette and S. Portland avenues on Aug. 10, taking the man’s cellphone and camera.

The victim said that he and a friend were walking toward the corner at 9:30 pm when a stranger approached and started chatting up his pal.

That’s when four others descended on the duo, forcing them to hand over their property, police were told.

Short tempered

Three bare-legged thieves pulled a gun on a 24-year-old near the corner of Greene and Vanderbilt avenues on Aug. 15.

The victim said he and his friends had reached the intersection at 5:15 am when the suspects — who were all sporting shorts — ran up, and one of the muggers had a pistol.

“You got something on you,” a suspect asked before the thieves padded the victim down and ran off with his iPhone.

Mall rats

A lot of crooks were found shopping inside the frequently hit Atlantic Terminal Mall on Flatbush Avenue between Hanson Place and Atlantic Avenue this week. Here’s the rundown:

• A 25-year-old shoplifter was arrested inside Target after swiping over $500 in DVDs and CDs on Aug. 13.

• A sticky fingered thief made off with a 29-year-old woman’s wallet as she shopped for shoes inside DSW at 7:15 pm on Aug. 14.

• A 28-year-old told police she was perusing the aisles in Target on Aug. 12 when she put her wallet on a shelf for just a moment. It was gone seconds later.

• A thief sneaked his hand in a woman’s shoulder tote as she waited on line inside Victoria’s Secret on Aug. 10, taking her wallet.

Burglar bonanza

A busy burglary crew hit three apartments inside a building on Cumberland Street between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues on Aug. 9. Here are the details:

• Someone forced open the window to a fifth-floor studio sometime after 5 am, removing an iPhone left on a desk.

• About $3,800 worth of electronics and jewelry were removed from a sixth-floor apartment after the tenant left at 8 am.

• Thieves swiped an Apple computer and $400 when they entered a fourth-floor apartment after 8:15 am. The 56-year-old tenant said that a window leading to the building’s fire escape was open when he returned home.

Home raid

A thief was nabbed trying to swipe a tool from a Putnam Avenue home under renovation on Aug. 9.

A construction worker told police he was hip deep in work when he heard a noise coming from another room of the house between Irving Place and Downing Street.

When he went to investigate, he found the 37-year-old crook trying to sneak away with a $200 grinder.

Realizing he had been discovered, the thief dropped the tool and ran off, only to be caught by cops a short time later.

Jared jack

A thief on something of a health kick made off with a woman’s pocketbook on Aug. 13 during a stop at a Fulton Street Subway sandwich shop.

The victim said she was dining in the eatery between Clinton and Waverly avenues at 2:15 pm when she left her bag unattended for a few moments. That was all the time the fast-moving hoodlum needed to run off with her property, cops were told.

More bag swipes

A thief ran off with a woman’s handbag as she enjoyed her evening at a Myrtle Avenue nightspot on Aug 13.

The 30-year-old woman said she left bag hanging off the back of her bar stool inside the watering hole between Waverly and Washington avenues when the thief snagged the purse at 6:50 pm and scrambled for the door.

The woman couldn’t catch up with the thief, who later used her plastic to buy a Metrocard, police said.

Reaching in

A thief stretched his way into a Clinton Avenue office on Aug. 12, swiping a laptop computer sitting near the window.

Workers said the laptop was left on a desk adjacent to the window at 4 pm, but was gone the next morning.

The window was found ajar, they said.

Quick grab

A fast-moving thief swiped a phone from a 24-year-old straphanger on Aug. 11 as her train rolled into the Clinton-Washington subway station.

The woman said that she was seated inside the Euclid Avenue-bound subway car when the thief grabbed her bag and hopped out before the doors closed.

Car raided

A thief popped the lock to a Ford Econoline van parked on S. Portland Avenue on Aug. 14, taking a laptop computer and a digital camera.

The 39-year-old driver left the van parked between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues at 10 am. When he returned seven hours later, he noticed that his passenger side door lock had been removed and the van’s cabin had been looted.

Bike swipe

A thief gershed a $2,000 Cannondale bike left inside the hallway of a Carlton Avenue building on Aug. 10.

The 28-year-old cycling enthusiast admitted that he left the bike unlocked in a common area of the building between Park and Myrtle avenues at 12:10 am. When he went to retrieve it at 9:30 am, it was gone.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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