Cops cuffed a man who they say struck and mugged an unsuspecting woman on 20th Avenue on Oct. 27.
Authorities say the accused went up to the victim near the corner of 20th Lane while wearing a silver badge on a chain around his neck.
“I need to see your ID,” the defendant allegedly told the woman.
The victim said that when she reached for her purse to comply, the suspect punched her in the face and grabbed the bag. In the ensuing struggle, the man hit the woman on the arm and scrammed with the pocketbook, according to the victim.
Authorities arrested a man who they say attempted to lift a razor and a can of instant java from an 86th Street pharmacy on Oct. 26.
Store employees allege that the accused came into the 24-hour store between Bay 40th and Bay 41st streets at 1:45 am and took a Gillette shaver and a container of Nescafe off the shelf, and attempted to leave without paying.
Police netted a woman who they say posed as a real estate agent to trick a Craigslist apartment hunter into giving up $1,800 on W. Fourth Street on Oct. 5.
The victim said he responded at midnight to an ad that the phony broker put up on the online classified site. The two met at the supposed residence between Quentin Road and Avenue P, and the victim said he made a cash deposit with the posing salesperson.
When the victim attempted to call the defendant on the next several days, he received no response. And when he reached out to the landlord, he learned that the accused had no right to show or lease the space.
— Will Bredderman