Would-be home burglar chickens out when homeowner sees him

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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Halfway home invasion

A man attempted to burglarize a 72nd Street house on Nov. 1 — but backed out when the owner spotted him, cops report.

The homeowner said she was cleaning up in one of the back rooms of the home between Narrows Avenue and Colonial Road at 11:20 am when she heard a strange sound coming from the front.

When she went to investigate, she saw a man with his torso thrust into a forced-open window. The scaredy-cat immediately slipped out of the portal and fled.

Jacked pot

A scammer bilked an 80th Street woman out of $1,500 over the phone between Oct. 21 and Oct. 30, police state.

The victim said she got the first call at 10:45 am at her home between 11th and 12th avenues, informing her that she had won the lottery and needed to send a $1,500 deposit to receive the prize. After getting several more calls during the next week, the woman decided to send the dough in the form of three $500 gift cards. She got a check for $3,950, but when she went to cash it at 11:20 am, it bounced.

Ring out

A lowlife swiped a woman’s wedding band and other valuables from her 10th Avenue home on Oct. 31, authorities allege.

Surveillance cameras captured the crook entering the house between 85th and 86th streets through the basement door at 11 am, and picking up the conjugal ring — plus the woman’s iPhone, MacBook, and a single earring.

Cash out

Two crooks stole more than $40,000 from a Fort Hamilton Parkway grocery store on Oct. 28, according to cops.

Security footage shows the villains breaking the lock on the pull-down gate on the shop between 67th and 68th streets at 3:12 am and removing $42,902 from the store.

Washed away

A con man posing as a water maintenance worker swindled a senior citizen out of her jewelry at her 81st Street home on Nov. 1, police say.

The 86-year-old victim told cops that the chiseler rang the bell of her house between Seventh and 10th avenues at 4:20 pm, and told her he needed to check her water for contamination. The woman led the man down into her basement to look at the meter, then back upstairs.

The grifter then asked the victim to turn the water on in her bath tub and washing machine. After she complied, the scammer told her to take off her rings immediately, as they might have been contaminated. She removed the valuable bands — and when she looked away, the fraudster grabbed them and ran.

— Will Bredderman

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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