Bike-riding thief returns, stealing iPhones

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Rolling thievery

A goon on a bicycle snagged an iPhone from a 41-year-old woman on Atlantic Avenue on Nov. 23.

The victim told cops that she was between Hoyt and Bond streets at 3:20 pm when the punk pedaled by, plucking the pricey smart phone from her hand.

The style of crime — a perp on a bike — matches last year’s spate of iPhone thefts, as reported by The Brooklyn Paper.

Crazed cashier

A 21-year-old cashier at an Atlantic Avenue Key Food was arrested on Nov. 24 for taking a customer’s wallet, then attacking her 53-year-old victim once her crime was uncovered.

The victim accidentally left her wallet on the counter inside the store between Clinton and Court streets at 1 pm, but she quickly realized her mistake and returned to the cashier, asking if the young woman had seen the wallet.

The cashier claimed she didn’t, but a quick check of the store’s security tapes proved otherwise: When the 53-year-old woman left, the cashier grabbed the wallet and put it in her pocket, surveillance footage showed.

When a store security guard confronted the cashier about the theft, she wigged out, punching the wallet’s rightful owner in the face, police said.

Phone swipe

A thug attacked a 13-year-old girl on the Fulton Mall on Nov. 27, taking her cellphone.

The victim said that she was outside the Strawberry boutique between Elm Place and Bond Street at 2:17 pm when the hooligan threw her against the wall and plucked the phone from her pocket.

Bolt from blue

A thug attacked a man with a pair of bolt cutters on Nov. 24 during a fierce exchange on Dean Street.

The two men were arguing between Boerum Place and Smith Street at 1:20 pm when the assailant lunged at his victim with the bolt cutters, leaving him with a slight injury.

Laptop taken

Two thieves stole a laptop computer out of an Atlantic Avenue furniture store on Nov. 23.

Workers told cops that the thieves entered the store between Hoyt and Bond streets at 1:30 pm, swiped an Apple laptop off a table and ran back out.

Snapped up

A thief made off with more than $6,000 in camera equipment on Nov. 22 during a visit to the Air Gallery on Front Street.

The victimized artist told cops that he had left the camera and a pricey lens on the floor at 3:30 pm as he worked in the studio between Adams and Washington streets. Two and a half hours later, they were gone.

Laptop looting

A thief stole a computer out of a Pacific Street home on Nov. 26.

The thief entered the address between Bond and Nevins streets sometime after 1:30 pm after forcing open the basement door.

Bag grab

A crew of sticky-fingered thieves converged on the Fulton Mall this week. Here’s what happened:

• A cunning thief ran off with a woman’s wallet on Nov. 26 during a shopping spree inside the Macy’s department store.

The victim hung her purse on a hook inside the Fulton Street store, which is between Lawrence and Bridge streets, so she could try on a jacket at 2 pm. That’s when the thief approached, threw a bunch of clothes on top of the rack and took the woman’s wallet as he picked through the discarded merchandise.

• A crook swiped a woman’s handbag on Nov. 25 when it was accidentally left hanging off a rack inside the Brooklyn USA clothing store on Fulton Street.

The victim’s daughter left her bag on the rack at 11:55 am, then left the store without it. When she realized her mistake and returned a short time later, the bag was gone.

— Thomas Tracy

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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