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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

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A tag-team of thieves held up a Myrtle Avenue cellphone store on Feb. 10 — tying up a worker and running out with cash.

The employee told police that the crooks entered the shop near Ryerson Street at 1:15 pm. “Everything is going to be fine,” said one of the miscreants, while flashing a gun.

Cops say that the goons brought the frightened worker to the back of the store and tied him up with duct tape. They snatched $412 and three phones before fleeing north on Grand Avenue.

Hit-and-run

A cold-hearted thief boosted a delivery van from Greene Avenue on Feb. 7 and ran over the driver when he tried to stop him.

The victim told police that he parked near Waverly Avenue at 10:20 am, leaving the keys in the ignition. Ten minutes later, a crook was in the driver’s seat.

The hapless deliveryman jumped in front of the vehicle to stop the thief, but the ruffian ran him over and sped off.

The victim dislocated his hip and was transported to Kings County Hospital by emergency responders.

Apple pry

Three marauders allegedly attacked a man on Hanson Place on Feb. 11 and swiped his iPod Touch.

The victim told cops he was near Flatbush Avenue at 9:39 pm when the robbers threatened him with a razorblade. One of the goons sliced his forehead, while another broke his headphones and snatched his device, he said.

Police arrested a trio of 20-something suspects at the scene.

Calling collect

Police say two gun-wielding outlaws mugged a man on Carlton Avenue on Jan. 27 for his cellphone.

The victim told cops that he was near Atlantic Avenue at 3:30 pm when two robbers approached him and rifled through his pockets.

One of them ran off with a Boost Mobile phone, $35, and a Metrocard. Police say they arrested one suspect shortly after.

Driven to crime

Five swindlers in sunglasses snatched a trio of motorcycles from a parking garage on Park Avenue on Feb. 12.

The security guard told cops that he was on the second floor of the carport near Washington Avenue when a white van drove in at 3:35 am. A group of men jumped out of the vehicle, lifted three choppers, and scrammed.

Toy gun

Cops claim a teen thief brandished a fake gun on Cumberland Street on Feb. 8 and tried to scare another kid into giving him money.

The 12-year-old victim told police that he was near Greene Avenue at 3:30 pm when the young crook wielded the phony pistol.

Police say they arrested a 14-year-old suspect.

Bling sting

An evildoer snatched more than $6,000 in diamond necklaces from a luxury jewelry warehouse on Flushing Avenue on Feb. 8

A worker told cops that he was in the store near Chauncey Avenue at 3 pm, photographing his precious stones. He left the chains on the counter and when he returned two hours later, they were gone.

Jump the gun

A punk simulating a gun robbed a teen of his iPhone on Greene Avenue on Feb. 7.

The 12-year-old victim told police that he was near Cumberland Street at 5 pm when the perp approached him and said, “Did you know who jumped my cousin?”

The thief showed off the handle of a gun in his waistband, then yanked the kid’s cellphone before fleeing.

No wheel drive

A burglar snatched the ignition from a gray sedan on Hall Street on Feb. 7.

The victim told cops that he parked near DeKalb Avenue at 10:57 pm. When he returned 20 minutes later, his car window was broken and the ignition switch was gone from his 1999 Nissan Maxima.

Help yourself

Thieves boosted at least three other vehicles this week, including a plumbing van filled with copper wire:

• Some knave stole a 2002 Ford van from Washington Avenue on Feb. 7 — driving off with $23,000 in tools and copper piping.

The Queens plumber told police that he parked near Park Avenue at noon. When he returned half an hour later, his vehicle was gone.

• A bandit stole a brand-new sedan from Carlton Avenue on Feb. 7.

The victim told cops he parked near Fulton Street at 1:30 pm. When he returned that night, his $12,000 Nissan Sentra was gone.

• Some goon drove away with a 1987 Buick parked on Washington Avenue on Feb. 7.

The victim told police that he parked near DeKalb Avenue at 10 am. When he returned the next morning, his $1,000 blue sedan was gone.

• A thief nabbed a motorbike on Park Avenue on Feb. 3.

The victim told cops that he parked near Clermont Avenue at 6 pm. When he returned three days later, his white 1993 Honda was gone.

— Kate Briquelet

To reach reporter Kate Briquelet, e-mail him at newsroom@cnglocal.com or call (718) 260-4506.
Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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