Quick-handed cyclist snatches iPhone

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Two-wheeled criminal

A quick-handed miscreant snatched a woman’s iPhone while she was sitting on a bench on Flatbush Avenue on Oct. 12.

The 39-year-old victim told cops that the crook grabbed the phone from her while she was taking a seat near Sterling Place at 7 pm, and then fled the scene on a BMX bike.

Paperback pirates

Cops cuffed a 43-year-old man and a 42-year-old man who they say allegedly stole more than $1,100 worth of books from a franchise bookstore on Seventh Avenue on Oct. 8.

A store manager told police that the two suspects waltzed into the store at Sixth Street at 5:45 pm and removed 18 books from the shelves and put them into a black suitcase.

Police shortly arrested the two perps.

Gym rat

A crook stole a gym-goer’s wallet while he was working out at a Ninth Street fitness center on Oct. 13.

The 53-year-old victim told police that he put his wallet, containing $35 and his debit card, in a locker of the gym between Fifth and Sixth avenues at 11:35 pm. When he came back 30 minutes later he noticed that his wallet was missing.

Break in

A bandit broke into a man’s Garfield Place apartment and looted about $27,000 worth of goods on Oct. 11.

The 28-year-old victim, who was out getting a haircut at the time of the incident, told cops that the perp got into the apartment between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West through an open rear window sometime between 1:50 and 2:50 pm.

The victim said that the criminal got away with $25,000 worth of jewelry and his laptop.


A crook got into a woman’s Garfield Place apartment and stole a bunch of items sometime between Oct. 10 and Oct. 11.

The 28-year-old victim told police that she left her abode between Sixth and Seventh avenues to go to work at 7:30 am on Oct. 10 and when she returned hours later at 12:40 am she discovered that her belongings were thrown all over the place. The crook made off with her MacBook laptop, two sets of earrings, and box of $5 worth of change was missing, according to a police report.

The victim told cops that she left the living room window open.

Close to home

A perp mugged a man for his iPhone and wallet while he was opening the front door to his 15th Street apartment building on Oct. 5.

The 25-year-old victim told cops that while he was just about to walk through the door to his home between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West at 4 am, a man ran up to him and grabbed his wallet — holding his credit and debit cards — cellphone, and his briefcase and then fled the scene.

Grab bag

A thief snatched a woman’s wallet from the back of her chair while she was inside a Fifth Avenue bar on Oct. 12.

The 37-year-old victim told cops that she left her bag on the chair inside the pub at Saint Johns Place when she went to go to the bathroom at 8:10 pm.

When she returned just minutes later she noticed that her purse — holding her wallet, credit and debit cards, pictures, keys, makeup, and sunglasses — was gone.

Electronics for free

A trio of crooks stole a bunch of pricey Apple products from an Atlantic Avenue electronics store on Oct. 5.

Store surveillance footage shows the perps approach the display case of Apple MP3 players inside the establishment near Flatbush Avenue at 11 am. One suspect lifted the top of the display case as another removed five of the MP3 players, priced at $299 each, and a third accomplice stood by as lookout to block the view of others, according to a police report.

Heist bust

Police arrested a 50-year-old man who they say allegedly stole more than $36,000 worth of merchandise from an Atlantic Avenue electronics store several times in August.

An assistant manager at the chain store near Flatbush Avenue told police that the suspect left the store on Aug. 2, Aug. 3, Aug. 7, and Aug. 8 with bunch of electronics by purchasing them with stolen credit cards.

Cops cuffed the suspect on Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm after a sales representative identified him, according to a police report.

Sly steal

A crook stole a woman’s wallet out of her baby’s stroller as she was shopping inside a Flatbush Avenue department store on Oct. 8.

The 32-year-old victim told police that she was perusing the chain store near Atlantic Avenue at 11:40 am. Shortly after, when the woman wasn’t looking, a perp slipped her wallet — holding $100, MetroCard, and credit cards — out of her baby carriage bag, according to a police report.

Car gone

A criminal stole a woman’s 2001 Lexus that was left parked on First Street sometime between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12.

The 49-year-old woman told police that her son parked the tan ride on the street between Sixth and Seventh avenues on Oct. 7 at noon, and when he returned five days later at 9:40 pm the vehicle, which contained Dolce and Gabbana and Banana Republic sunglasses, was missing.

— Natalie Musumeci

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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