Cops: Party planner scammed by landlord

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Crashed bash

A slimeball allegedly stole thousands of bucks from an event planner using his 11th Street building on Jan. 20.

The victim told cops that she arranged to rent a warehouse — advertised as “Facespace” on Craigslist — near Second Avenue to throw a party with DJs at 8 pm. She paid the landlord $3,850, but cops later told her the venue is not properly licensed for dance parties.

She cancelled the bash — but the slimy landlord made off with her money, cops said.

Cops said they arrested a suspect the same night.

Fashion police

Police say a man tried to swipe a jacket from a home on Flatbush Avenue on Jan. 21.

The victim told cops that she left a black jacket in the hallway of her apartment building near St. Johns Place. She heard a noise outside of her door at 10:45 pm. She peeked into the hallway and spotted a man running off with her coat — so she chased him into street and snatched it back.

Cops arrested a man the same night.

Pink elephant

A scoundrel swiped thousands of bucks worth of jewelry on 12th Street on Jan. 20.

The 31-year-old victim told cops that he left his abode near Eighth Avenue at 8:30 am. When he came back at 7 pm, he discovered the lock on his door had been changed. A locksmith let him inside — but he then discovered that $1,200 worth of his girlfriend’s jewelry, including an elephant pin and charm bracelet, was gone.

Chain snap

A jerk snatched two laptops from an apartment on Union Street on Jan. 19.

The 38-year-old victim told cops that he left his home near Fourth Avenue at 9:30 am. When he returned at 7:45 pm, he discovered that his door was locked from the inside — with a chain he never uses. His lights were on, which made him suspicious, so he broke the chain, busted through the door, and found two laptops worth $1,700 gone.

Rotten Cherry

A jerk snatched a purse from a bar-goer on Fourth Avenue on Jan. 21.

The 35-year-old victim told cops that she hung her purse on a hook under the bar at Cherry Tree near Bergen Street at 12:45 am, then spotted a woman in a white coat walk out with it — along with the credit cards inside.

iPhone swipe

A quick-moving thief stole a cellphone from a straphanger on a 2 train on Jan. 20.

The victim told cops that she was holding her phone as the train pulled into the Grand Army Plaza station at 10:30 am. That’s when the man grabbed her black iPhone from her hand and ran off the train.

Register raid

A rascal swiped some cash from a deli on Seventh Avenue on Jan. 19.

A worker told cops that he locked Park Slope Eatery near Fifth Avenue at 10 pm then went home. An owner opened the sandwich and coffee joint at 5 am the next day — and discovered a lock on the front door gone and $1,000 cash missing from the register.

— Natalie O’Neill

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 5:29 pm, July 9, 2018
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