Big bar brawl at Hank’s Saloon

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Bar brawl

An angry tippler stabbed a fellow drinker at a Third Avenue bar on Aug 12.

The 44-year-old victim told cops that he was at Hank’s Saloon near Atlantic Avenue at midnight when an argument got out of control. That’s when the surly stranger rushed toward him and cut his neck with a sharp object.

Police are seeking a 41-year-old suspect.


A crooked couple snatched an iPad from a woman on a Queens-bound N train on Aug. 7.

The 28-year-old victim told police that she was on the subway at 11:26 pm when it pulled into Borough Hall. When the doors opened, a strange woman plucked the device from her hands and fled.

The victim and a witness chased the thieves, but they got away.


A shady moviegoer stole a man’s MacBook from a Court Street theater on Aug. 9.

The 43-year-old victim told police that he found a seat at the cinema near Schermerhorn Street at 10:30 pm and set his backpack on the floor. When the closing credits rolled, the man realized that his bag — with the expensive laptop and a hard drive — were gone.

Bad directions

A crook swiped a purse and navigation system from a car on Joralemon Street on Aug. 9.

The 48-year-old Staten Island victim told cops that she parked near Clinton Street at noon and left a window open. When she returned an hour later, her stuff was gone.

Window slop

A thief broke into a Wyckoff Street building on Aug. 11 and snatched a man’s MacBook from his bed.

The victim told cops that he left his home near Smith Street at 9 pm. When he returned two hours later, his bedroom window was open and his laptop was gone.

His 3-year-old son and babysitter were home, but didn’t hear the thief break in.

A neighbor also reported that someone broke into her apartment through her window and left footprints on her bed.

Four play

A band of teens clobbered a man on Adams Street on Aug. 10 and stole his cellphone.

The 38-year-old victim told cops that he was near Fulton Street at 11:57 pm when five young marauders approached. One of them punched him in the face and another grabbed his BlackBerry after he fell to the ground.

The thieves fled toward Willoughby Street.

Precious metals

Copper prices may be dropping, but thieves still see it as the new gold.

Bandits raided two DUMBO construction sites on the same block this month — snatching up tens of thousands in copper piping.

• First, thieves stole power tools and $1,800 worth of copper from a Bridge Street construction site on Aug. 6. A 40-year-old contractor told cops he left the site near Plymouth Street at 7 pm. When he returned the next day, his office was busted open with a crowbar and the non-precious metals were gone.

• Two days later, burglars stole $15,000 in copper piping from a Water Street site.

A 38-year-old handyman said that he locked his storage area near Bridge Street at 4 pm. When he returned the next morning, his chain was cut and the hot commodity was gone.

Metal-hungry crooks have been working Brooklyn for a few years now, most recently hitting Brooklyn Heights in June. Such crimes tend to ebb and flow based on the value of the easy-to-steal metal.

The price of copper is hovering at $4 per pound, down from $4.25 in June.

— Kate Briquelet

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Lorenzo from Park Slope says:
Bar brawl: What did you expect from such a raunchy place like Hank's Saloon. I'm disappointed the Paper invests so much time covering the neighborhood 'gin mills.' Enough all-ready.

So many drinkers are candidates for long-term attendance at AA meetings, which are held all over the neighborhoods. Attend an AA meeting Cub Reporters and learn about the terrible life changing results of problem drinking. Cover reality, not the booze drive gin mills, making a profit from addiction and substance abuse.

Why is the AA kept such a secret? A taboo? People come to AA every week to find sanity in their lives. I'd like to read about positive actions to overcome alcohalism in Brooklyn. Enough with this XXX stuff. It will kill you and the Paper knows it will kill you.
Aug. 26, 2011, 2:21 pm

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