Thief snatches straphanger’s purse

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Straphanger robbery

A quick-handed perp snatched a woman’s purse right off of her shoulder as she entered the Seventh Avenue B and Q train station on March 3.

The 23-year-old victim told cops that the hooded criminal followed her from Flatbush Avenue into the train station at 2 am.

The crook made off with her handbag holding her cellphone, a Sony e-reader, bankcards, an unlimited MetroCard, $100, a battery charger, umbrella, and her health insurance cards.

Bad health

A delinquent took equipment from an acupuncture and health service establishment on Eighth Avenue sometime between Feb. 13 and Feb. 15.

A woman who works at the business near Union Street told cops that she last saw the costly heart rate variability monitor and Lenovo laptop on the office desk on Feb. 13 at 2 pm. When she went to use the computer two days later at noon both devices were missing.

Big heist

A burglar entered a man’s Eighth Avenue apartment and made off with a handful of expensive electronics when he was not home and his babysitter was out of the house on Feb. 25.

The babysitter told police that she left the abode between Seventh and Eighth streets at 9:30 am, and when she returned just two hours later she noticed that the iPad and MacBook Pro laptop were missing. The sitter immediately called her 35-year-old employer, who quickly returned home after he learned he was the victim of a crime.

The man told cops that the crook also got away with a Sony video camera, a Nikon digital camera, his wedding ring, $800 worth of Michael Kors jewelry, his Coach wallet, and his bankcards.

Neighbors told cops they did not hear or see anything.

Bag gone

A sly thief swiped a woman’s pink bag from inside a bar on Union Street on Feb. 22.

The 29-year-old victim told police that she put her $500 bag down in the pub between Fifth and Sixth avenues at midnight to go wash her hands. When she returned just a minute later her purse — holding $150, her passport, iPad, bankcards, Japanese driver’s license, and eye glasses — was gone.

The victim told cops that the bar was packed with crowds of people.

Gym thief

Someone stole a man’s wallet when he was in a Flatbush Avenue fitness center on Feb. 27.

The 26-year-old victim told cops that he left his Coach wallet — containing $60, two credit cards, and a MetroCard — on the workout machine in the gym between Park and Sterling places at 6 pm. When he came back 30 minutes later the crook had already made off with wallet.

Hardware, hard times

A sneaky criminal ransacked and burglarized a Ninth Street hardware warehouse sometime between Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

The supervisor of the warehouse near Second Avenue told police that he left the establishment at 7 pm, and the security gates were locked at all entry points.

When he returned the next day at 6:40 am he noticed that the front electronic gate was open and when he entered the warehouse the file cabinet’s draws were slung open.

The crook made off with six Sprint devices that the company uses to calculate business transactions.

The supervisor inspected the second floor and discovered that another file cabinet, which was locked, had been broken into with a screwdriver, but nothing was taken, cops said.

Wrong place, wrong time

Someone took a woman’s credit card and made purchases at a Second Avenue home improvement store while she was inside the shop on Feb. 14.

The 38-year-old victim told police that when she was in the chain store between near 10th Street at 1 pm she received a call from her bank that unauthorized charges totaling more than $1,200 were made without her permission or authority at the massive retail store.

Work thief

A bandit made off with a woman’s credit and debit cards from her bag at her Flatbush Avenue workplace on Feb. 25.

The 59-year-old victim told cops that she walked away from her bag inside the clinic between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place at 7:30 am. When she returned about seven hours later she noticed that her bankcards, along with her driver’s license, Social Security card, and health insurance cards were missing.

She was informed by her bank at about 4:45 pm that her debit card was used at two different locations, according to cops.

— Natalie Musumeci

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 10:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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