Police: Teens steal woman’s iPhone

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94th Precinct


Phone stolen

Police arrested three teens who they say snatched the phone out of woman’s hand as she was on Graham Avenue on May 15.

The victim told police that she was near Metropolitan Avenue at 1:05 pm when a teenage boy and three others ran up from behind her and grabbed her phone, injuring her right hand.

Dinner special

A brazen thief stole a woman’s jacket and purse right off her chair while she was eating dinner in a Bedford Avenue restaurant on May 16.

The woman told police that she was enjoying a meal at an eatery near N. Sixth Street at 7:26 pm when she felt someone bump into her. She turned around to see a man grabbing her jacket and purse off the back of her chair.

The thief then ran out the door and police have not tracked him down.

Attracting bad attention

An 18-year-old was arrested for grabbing a woman’s iPhone on Meeker Avenue on May 20.

The woman told police she was near Manhattan Avenue at 3:15 pm and was using her iPhone to play music. Two teenagers ran out from behind, shoved her to the ground, and grabbed the phone out of her hand, she told police. The second teen allegedly grabbed the phone from the ground and both ran off.

The victim chased one of them until police showed up and arrested him. The man has been charged with robbery.

Cut and run

Police arrested an 18-year-old for stealing an iPhone out of a woman’s hand on Havermeyer Street on May 20.

The 34-year-old woman told cops she was near N. Seventh Street at 1:03 pm when the teen grabbed the phone out of her hand and pushed her to the ground. He then ran towards the Metropolitan Avenue train station, where he was caught by police.


A would-be robber tried to snatch a purse from a woman on Nassau Avenue in the early morning on May 21.

The victim told police that she was near Monitor Street at 1 am when a man came up behind her and tried to pull her purse off of her shoulder. The woman and the robber struggled and the victim fell to the ground, cutting her hand and foot. The would-be robber then ran off into the night.

That’s not the eightball

A woman was charged with assault after she allegedly attacked a guy and his car with a pool stick on Manhattan Avenue on May 20.

The victim told police that he picked up his friend near Freeman Street at 12:15 am. The two of them were about to drive off when the woman allegedly smashed the back rear window with the pool stick. The owner of a car then took a picture of the woman and started to dial 911. Then the woman got really angry, he told cops.

“You calling 911? I’m going to kill you,” the woman allegedly screamed.

She then started to hit him with the pool stick, causing his right arm to swell up, cops said.

Open window policy

A intruder took advantage of an open window at a Russell Street apartment to steal a guy’s tools on May 17.

The man, who lives between Nassau and Norman avenues, told police he woke up at 8 am and found his property missing. He told police that the basement window didn’t have any glass because it was under construction, and that was probably how the robber got in.

No keys, no problem

An ambitious burglar broke into a commercial truck and took a piano on Debevoise Avenue sometime overnight on May 22.

The owner of the truck told police that he left it parked between Richardson Street and Division Place the night of May 22. When he returned at 8 am the next day, he found the front passenger-side window smashed and his piano, along with his tools, watches, sunglasses, and television, missing.

In addition the missing items, there was about $400 damage to the truck, cops reported.

— Danielle Furfaro

Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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