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Paper fire

A creep set a small fire outside the Canarsie Courier newspaper on Sept. 22.

Police sources said that someone either threw a match or a lit cigarette into the dumpster that sits outside of the 90-year-old newspaper’s office on E. 92nd Street near Conklin Avenue. It was unclear by late Tuesday how badly the building was damaged — if at all.

The fire was put out quickly but it remained unclear if FDNY marshals will be able to figure out what happened — a rain storm hit the area a short time later, dousing any evidence, according to police sources.

“It’s a contaminated scene, but the fire was pretty contained,” the source said, adding that arson has not been ruled out.

A FDNY spokesman had no record of the fire.

Anyone with information regarding this blaze is urged to come forward. Calls can be made the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Bank robber sought

Cops are looking for a bank robber who knocked over the HSBC bank branch on Rockaway Parkway on Sept. 3.

Workers at the bank near Seaview Avenue said the thief entered the branch just before 10 am, approached a teller, and passed a note demanding money. The teller believed the threats and gave the thief an undetermined amount of cash, officials said.

Police described the thief as a black male between 35 and 40-years-old, who was last seen wearing a Yankees cap.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward. Calls can be made the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Chain snatch

A thug jumped a man on Flatlands Avenue on Sept. 23 — taking his victim’s gold chain.

The victim was nearing E. 65th Street at 12:25 pm when the suspect ran up, grabbed him by the shirt, and ran off with his property — only to be taken into custody the next day, say police.

Trailer trashed

A thief broke into a Rite Aid tractor trailer left on Seaview Avenue on Sept. 21 — only to be caught a short time later, said cops.

Police claim that they spotted the thief rooting through the trailer at 11:51 pm — surprising workers who were unloading the truck near E. 98th Street.

— Thomas Tracy

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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