Thief drills into car, steals electronics

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill


A crook drilled his way into a car parked on Lafayette Avenue on Jan. 30 — and helped himself to a bunch of the owner’s electronics.

The 41-year-old victim told cops he left his vehicle between Washington and Waverly avenues at 8 pm, returning at 10:40 pm to find a hole drilled beneath the driver’s-side door’s lock and his MacBook, iPad, and power cords gone.

iPhone me

A petty thief helped himself to a kid’s iPhone on Hall Street on Jan. 28.

The 12-year-old victim told cops he was near DeKalb Avenue at 6 pm when the crook walked up next to him and said, “Let me search your pockets.”

He went through the victim’s pockets and took an iPhone, police said.


Police arrested three teenagers who they say tried to steal orange juice from a Lafayette Avenue bodega on Feb. 2.

An employee at the store between Classon and Grand avenues told cops that four young men came into the store at 8:30 am, and one of them tried to walk out with an unpaid-for orange juice.

When the employee tried to stop them, they allegedly beat him with a stick. Police arrested three suspects a half-hour later.

Box patrol

A lunatic wielding a box-cutter tried to attack a man on Fulton Street on Jan. 31.

The 32-year-old victim told cops he was with a friend near Clermont Avenue on their way to the Lafayette Avenue C train station at 10:05 pm when the fiend tried to attack him with a box-cutter.

The victim’s friend tried to hold down the slasher, but a sports utility vehicle pulled up and hit the friend, allowing the attacker to get away.


A madman shot another man in the thigh on Fulton Street on Feb. 2.

The 35-year-old victim told cops he was sitting in his car at Cambridge Place at 3:40 am when someone shot him.


A crook broke into a college classroom on Willoughby Avenue and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment sometime between Jan. 23 and Jan. 28.

Representatives from the school between Hall Street and Emerson Place told cops that someone entered the classroom between 1 pm on Jan. 23 and 11:20 am on Jan. 28 through a drop-down ceiling and removed a couple of cameras and lenses.


A thief looted a wireless provider’s company van on Grand Avenue sometime overnight on Jan. 30.

Representatives from the business said the driver parked the van near Lefferts Place at 4 pm, and when the driver returned the next day at 8:40 am, the rear door was unlocked and some tools were gone.

Karate chopped

Someone stole a woman’s guitar, microphone, and DVDs from her Park Avenue apartment sometime between Jan. 28 and 30.

The 30-year-old victim told cops that she left her place between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi Street on Jan. 28, returning three days later at 8 pm to find her instrument, mic, and kung fu DVDs gone.

Bad ride

A criminal robbed a woman riding a bus down Lafayette Avenue on Jan. 16.

The woman told cops she was riding the B38 bus near the Clinton Avenue stop at 6:30 pm when she noticed someone pressing against her. When she got off the bus, she discovered her debit card and $40 were missing.

C ya later

A pickpocket snatched a woman’s wallet on a crowded C train leaving the Jay Street-MetroTech Center stop on Jan. 24.

The 31-year-old victim told cops she got on the packed train at 6:15 pm, and when she got off at the Clinton-Washington street station 15 minutes later, her wallet was missing from her purse.

Dined on

A thief stole an iPhone, debit card, and cash from a patron at a Myrtle Avenue diner on Feb. 1.

The 20-year-old victim told cops she was at the restaurant between Washington and Waverly avenues at 12:05 pm when she went to use the restroom, returning five minutes later to find her new iPhone, debit card, and some cash she left at her table gone.

— Eli Rosenberg

Updated 5:39 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
This is like the transplant Special Olympics. I can't decide who is more of a rube. The idiot who left his MacBook and iPAd in the car at night or air-head who left her debit card, iPhone and cash at the table while she went to the restroom. Like Yah! what a bunch of iHoles.
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:53 am
jjm from ch says:
@swampyankee...i couldnt agree with u more. These non tri-state newbies are moving in thinking nyc is oh so safer that they leave their valuables out in the open like its all good in the hood. Let this be a reminder to all of u out-of-staters considering moving over here, especially if ur planning on moving to BK.
Feb. 6, 2013, 10:24 pm
javathyme from the Heights says:
@swampyankee & jjm I live in NY and I know the deal. why on earth would anyone leave valuables in eye shot of ppl is beyond me. in the car? that's a big fat, NO. the 20 year old leaving valuables at the table. NO! THIS IS NOT A UTOPIAN socity. I still see ppl with their bags open on the subway along with using Macbooks and the like. smh. attention seekers sometimes get more than bargained for. The thieves are wrong, YES, but we must circumvent things like this from happening my using our cerebellum and get attention doing something else less well, in eye shot of rogues.
Feb. 11, 2013, 10:16 am
javathyme from the Heights says:
*society. whoops :D
Feb. 11, 2013, 10:17 am
javathyme from the Heights says:
society. whoops
Feb. 11, 2013, 10:17 am
jjm from ch says:
@java i agree with u to a point about the thieves. Sure, they're taking things that dont belong to them but at the same time the victims are somewhat at fault too. They don't pay attention to their surroundings so they're pretty much asking for it. You notcie everytime the blotter on this site comes up, Ft. Greene is always mentioned. These yuppy idiots with all these items live in such close proximety to the PJs, where its lots of poor people, so they're a walking target.
Feb. 11, 2013, 7:06 pm

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