Thief steals woman’s purse right out from under her legs

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78th Precinct

Park Slope

Grab bag

A brazen assailant seized a woman’s Coach bag from her while she was sitting on a stoop outside of a Fifth Avenue apartment on Oct. 27.

The 37-year-old victim told cops that she was sitting on the stoop near President Street at 3:55 am to make a phone call, when she placed her bag on the ground between her feet. Minutes later, a female perp grabbed her black purse — containing her wallet, credit and debit cards, makeup, and $100 — and ran off.

The bandit made her getaway in black car that was parked on President Street and Fourth Avenue, according to a police report.


A quick-handed teenage perp snatched a woman’s iPhone 5 right out of her hand while she was inside the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center train station on Oct. 23.

The victim told police as she walking to the B and Q train platform at 9 pm, a pink-vest-wearing girl grabbed the phone and ran off towards Hanson Place.

Big heist

A burglar stole more man than $12,000 worth of goods from a man’s Fifth Avenue apartment on Oct. 21.

The 33-year-old victim told cops that he left his abode between Fourth and Fifth streets at 9 am for work, and when he returned about eight hours later he noticed that a slew of items — including a $3,000 Canon camera, camera lens, three MacBooks, two iPads, an iPod, a Tiffany necklace, a sapphire ring, and $100 — was missing.

Vroom vroom

A thief stole a man’s Kawasaki motorcycle that he left parked on 13th Street sometime overnight on Oct. 15.

The victim told police that he left his black ride on the street between Second and Third avenues at 8 pm. When he returned the next morning, his gray motorbike was missing.

Bad work day

Someone burglarized a Dean Street apartment, and made off with an assortment of the three residents’ electronics and jewelry on Oct. 25.

The three female roommates told cops that they left the abode between Fourth and Fifth avenues at 8:45 am for work. When one of the women returned about nine hours later she noticed that the front door to the apartment was loose.

The crook got away with two MacBooks, a silver ring adorned with an onyx stone, two sets of earrings, two silver bracelets, a brass bracelet, and an iPhone.

Timed out

A bandit burgalized a man’s 15th Street apartment and made off with a few pricey items on Oct. 24.

The 34-year-old victim told cops that he left his residence between Fourth and Fifth avenues to go grocery shopping at 1:30 pm, and when he came back less than two hours later, he realized that a criminal had entered his apartment through a rear open window and stole his iPad and three high-end watches.

Fast cash

A swift criminal grabbed $140 out of a man’s hand while he was smoking a cigarette on Atlantic Avenue on Oct. 27.

The 26-year-old victim told police that he was standing near Fort Greene Place at 7 pm with his money in hand after he had just finished shopping nearby.

The hooded perp snatched the cash from the victim and fled towards Flatbush Avenue, according to a police report.

Break in

A crook broke the window of a man’s car that was parked on 11th Street and stole a credit card that was inside the glove box sometime overnight on Oct. 26.

The 41-year-old victim told cops that he parked his ride on the street between Second and Third avenues at 7 pm and when he returned the next day at about 7 am, he noticed that the front passenger-side window was broken and the credit card was gone.

Now you see it

A speedy bandit stole a woman’s backpack while she was shopping inside an Atlantic Avenue department store on Oct. 23.

The 30-year-old woman told police that she was inside the store near Flatbush Avenue at 1:25 pm, and when she was not looking, the thief snatched her bag, holding her wallet, jacket, and credit and debit cards.

— Natalie Musumeci

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Safari Sam from Park Slope savanna says:
Once again, residents in the 78th precinct are reminded that there are people hanging out around here who will steal anything they think they can get away with. Open windows, purses, even just the sight of cash or a phone in someone's hand will tempt them. Best to imagine that you are living amongst a troupe of wild monkeys and your possessions are ripe bananas.
Oct. 30, 2013, 8:23 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Or even, if you don't mind my saying so, a troupe of ET's, while possessing an unlimited supply of Reece's Pieces.
Oct. 30, 2013, 11:35 am

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