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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Robber redux

An armed gunman who police say is responsible for recent robberies in Fort Greene struck a Fulton Street deli and an Adelphi Street pet shop in his last acts as a free man, cops said.

On Sept. 21 the thug entered the Smoke Shop near Fort Greene Place at around 10:36 am, pulled a gun weapon and demanded cash, cops said. A minute later, the robber fled with $250.

Two days later, the same suspect entered Who’s Your Doggy near Willoughby Avenue at 10:05 am waving a gun.

“Give me everything you have!” he yelled, prompting a worker to give him $100.

Cops arrested their 50-year-old suspect the next day.

Four play

A quartet of muggers jumped a man on Waverly Avenue on Sept. 18 — swiping his cellphone and $60.

The 21-year-old victim told cops that he was near Willoughby Avenue at 11:15 pm when the one of the jerks pushed him down, screamed, “Shut up and keep your mouth shut!” and then punched him in the face.

The goons fled and the victim was taken to Brooklyn Hospital for a cut cheek.

Big shot

Two strangers with a gun mugged a man on Vanderbilt Avenue on Sept. 18 as he took a stroll with a friend.

The 34-year-old victim told police that he was near Lafayette Avenue at 9:50 pm when one of the perps approached and said, “Do you wanna get shot?”

The victim said that he heard a gun being cocked, so he handed over his wallet and the $200 inside it. The bandits later used the man’s credit card to purchase Metrocards.

Pro player

A thief stole a MacBook from a Hanson Place museum over the Sept. 16 weekend.

An employee of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art near S. Portland Avenue told cops that she left her shiny laptop on a desk that Friday night, but it was gone when she returned for work on Monday.

No love

Two touchy-feely crooks bear-hugged a woman and then glommed her iPhone on Greene Avenue on Sept. 20.

The 32-year-old victim told cops that she was near Vanderbilt Avenue when one of the scoundrels embraced her from behind and the other said, “I love you,” before plucking her mobile from her pants pocket.

Silver bullet

Twin thieves robbed a Pratt student at gunpoint on Gates Avenue on Sept. 20, scoring an iPhone, Prada wallet and cash.

The 22-year-old victim told cops that he was near St. James Place at 1 am when the perps came up from behind and one brandished a silver gun and demanded, “Empty your pockets!”

The jerks fled with $100, credit cards, a Metrocard, Pratt ID and keys.

Gun shy

A gun-toting bandit stole an iPhone on DeKalb Avenue on Sept. 19.

The 29-year-old victim told cops that he was near Carlton Avenue at 9:19 am when the outlaw bumped into him, brandished a silver handgun and ordered, “Give it up! Give it up!”

The man did as told.

Knock, knock

A burglar struck two apartments in a Washington Avenue building on Sept. 21 — waking one would-be victim from her slumber.

The 21-year-old victim told police that she was asleep at her residence near Gates Avenue when a stranger walked in.

“Who are you?” she asked.

The intruder replied, “It’s just me,” and exited the front door.

Hours later, a man in the same building reported that his rear bedroom window was open and his rings were gone.

Train pain

Two marauders slugged a man and stole his iPhone as he entered the Clinton-Washington G train station on Sept. 21.

The 23-year-old victim told cops that he was near Lafayette Avenues at 7:20 pm when the duo attacked.

One of the thieves knocked his head and said, “Be cool, be cool,” while the other snatched the mobile from his pockets.

Ski trip

Two men with ski masks and black handguns robbed a woman on Gates Avenue on Sept. 23.

The 24-year-old victim told police that she was near St. James Place at 12:05 am when the jerks ambushed her and one of them yelled, “Give me your s—t! Don’t tell anyone or I’ll shoot!”

They seized her purse — containing a cellphone, iPod and Massachusetts driver’s license and fled.

Welcome home

A prowler ripped the purse from a woman on St. James Place on Sept. 24.

The 34-year-old victim told cops that she had entered her building near Lafayette Avenue at 12:05 am when a stranger with white cloth over his face grabbed her bag from behind.

She tried to fight off the creep, but he scratched her hand and scored the satchel before fleeing on a red mountain bike.

The 40-something suspect got away with her college textbooks, sweater, and gym clothes.

Phone haul

A sneaky thief yanked a man’s iPhone on a Manhattan-bound C subway on Sept. 21.

The victim told police that he was near the doors at 11:55 am when the train pulled into the Clinton-Washington stop. That’s when a stranger plucked his mobile and fled.

Bad reception

A fleet-footed crook stole a woman’s iPhone on Flatbush Avenue on Sept. 22.

The 32-year-old victim told cops that she was near Atlantic Avenue at 10 pm when the perp snatched the mobile from her hand and vamoosed.

On Target

Cops arrested a wannabe pickpocket at the Flatbush Avenue Target on Sept. 25.

The 37-year-old thief was in the frequently burglarized store near Atlantic Avenue at 4:15 pm when she plucked a mobile, credit cards, iPod, and cosmetics from a woman’s bag left in a shopping cart. But a witness saw it all happen and police seized the cutpurse as she tried to leave the store.

— Kate Briquelet

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
guns, guns, guns. I think some of these Fort Greene police reports would justify any resident in the neighborhood being granted a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Sept. 28, 2011, 9:29 am
k from gp says:
@Joey - It's hard to shoot back when somebody already had a gun in your face.
Sept. 28, 2011, 10:05 am
Always Sunny from Clinton Hill says:
the only news that comes out of Ft Greene and Clinton Hill is crime blotters?

No coverage of the rocking block party at the Putnam Triangle this past weekend?

Maybe you could do a Grand Ave expose and document the wanton drug use/sales and bike thefts?
Sept. 28, 2011, 5:01 pm
Corey from Fort Greene-Clinton Hill says:
Here you go, Sunny: http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/the-day-3/?gwh=E925837D36AE45A39A384239F27344E5
Sept. 28, 2011, 9:43 pm
Always Sunny from Clinton Hill says:
Yay - thanks for sharing Corey. Good to see some coverage of a great Sunday block party. Hopefully more fun times ahead.
Sept. 29, 2011, 12:03 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Sunny, people reclaiming street space from automobiles and putting it to a higher purpose doesn't mesh with the Brooklyn Paper's "Mean Streets" ethos.
Sept. 30, 2011, 10:47 am

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