Thief robs sleeping R train straphanger

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Napping nightmare

A perp swiped a backpack full of electronic goodies from a sleeping R train straphanger at Fourth Avenue on Aug. 21.

The 26-year-old victim told cops he was riding a Manhattan-bound R train at 1 am when he fell asleep and woke up two hours later near Ninth Street. That’s when he noticed his backpack — full of credit cards, an iPod, and a cellphone — gone.

Bummed bride

A heartless crook swiped an engagement ring from a home on 10th Street on Aug. 21.

The 37-year-old victim told cops she noticed her $2,000 diamond wedding band missing from her apartment near Seventh Avenue at around 8:20 pm and still couldn’t find it after searching for it.

The babysitter had keys to her place, she told cops.

Pretty sick

A creep stole a checkbook from a patient at a hospital on Sixth Street on Aug. 21.

The 56-year-old victim told cops she set her credit cards and checkbook down in a room at New York Methodist Hospital near Eighth Street at 1 pm, then left to get dialysis treatment. She came back three hours later and realized her belongings were gone.

Dangerous duo

A team of jerks jacked a fancy cellphone from a woman on Sackett Street on Aug. 24.

The 35-year-old victim told cops she was texting her friend near Berkeley Place at 12:20 pm when two teenagers ran up to her. One of them grabbed the black iPhone from her hand and they both ran west, leaving her with only a view of the back of their heads.

Bad buzz

A thief stole a credit card from a coffee shop customer on Seventh Avenue on Aug. 21.

The 42-year-old victim told cops she set her bag down by the door at Starbucks near First Street at 7:35 am, ordered a drink, then came back five minutes later. That’s when she discovered someone had grabbed a credit card out of her bag and fled.

Missing Mac

A perp swiped a laptop from an apartment on Lincoln Place sometime between Aug. 17 and 19.

The 34-year-old victim told cops she set her MacBook Air in a tote bag inside a closet in her home near Seventh Avenue at around 11 am. She later let movers inside — then noticed the sweet gadget gone two days later.

Open window

A ballsy bandit snatched a laptop from an apartment on Fifth Avenue on Aug. 21, while the tenant was asleep.

The 32-year-old victim told cops she left the rear window of her home near St. Marks Place unlocked, then went to bed at 11 pm. She awoke just after 6 am and discovered the crook had climbed through window and snatched her laptop, charger, and headphones.

— Natalie O’Neill

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 5:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

javathyme from the Heights says:
some of this is unbelievable. rogues suck! no doubt and I empathize with those who have been had. been there, but we gotta be more vigilante. someone is always watching, so mind yo stuff and watch your back. Be safe!
Feb. 11, 2013, 10:33 am

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