Jogger ambushed on Bergen Street

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Run and hit

A ruffian punched a man mid-run and stole his phone on Bergen Street on March 5, cops said.

The 25-year-old victim said he was running between Smith and Hoyt streets at 5:25 pm when a punk popped out of nowhere, punched him in the face, and stole his phone.

Slap and dash

A lout pushed and slapped a lady on Garden Place before grabbing her phone on March 5, police stated.

The 42-year-old victim told cops she was walking between Joralemon and State streets at 5:30 pm when the brute approached and asked her for directions to Jay Street. The woman told the villain how to get there and kept walking, then the jerk ran up from behind and smacked her, pushed her, and snatched her phone before taking off on Joralemon Street heading towards the East River, cops said.

Two on one

Two galoots mugged a lady on Fourth Avenue on March 8, cops said.

The 51-year-old victim was walking to the subway near Pacific Street at 1 am when one of the lowlifes grabbed her arms, and the other punched her in the face, giving her a black eye, police stated. The no-goodniks grabbed her phone and $60 in cash from her coat pocket, then scrammed, according to a report.

Pick of the lifters

Three wallets were swiped in three separate incidents within a few days of each other, cops said.

A thief snagged the billfold from a woman’s purse on Feb. 28 on Fulton Street, police said.

The 43-year-old victim told cops her handbag was closed when she got off the B52 bus on between Hoyt Street and Gallatin Place. But she noticed while shopping in a department store near the bus stop sometime between 3 and 4 pm that her purse had been opened and her wallet removed, according to a police report.

The wallet contained $120 in cash, debit, and credit cards and someone used the cards to buy $62 in MetroCards immediately after the theft, cops said.

A bandit then stole a wallet from a fellow on his way to school on Jay Street on March 5, according to authorities.

The 22-year-old student realized his Harley Davidson wallet was missing when he got to his school between Tillary Street and Tech Place at 11:30 am, police said. The motorcycle billfold contained $57 in cash, debit, and credit cards, a report says.

The next day, a thief pinched a guy’s wallet at a restaurant on Adams Street, cops said.

The victim said he was at the Borough Hall subway station reaching for his MetroCard when he realized the wallet had vanished and, with it, $30 in cash, debit, and credit cards. Crooks used the cards to buy stuff at a nearby pharmacy and pay for a cab ride, according to a police report.

Losing weight

An opportunistic crook filched a gym bag full of clothes and a laptop from the backseat of a vehicle parked on Nevins Street on March 5, authorities reported.

The victim left the 2012 Jeep between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street at 8:15 pm and came back at 11:30 pm to find the gym bag missing, police said. The victim told cops the bag contained a laptop, clothes, a weight-lifting belt, and a protein supplement. There was no sign of forced entry, a report says.

That’s messed up

A prowler ransacked a Henry Street apartment while the owner was out on March 7, police said.

The victim reported he left his apartment between Middagh and Poplar streets at 10:30 am and arrived home from work at 6 pm to discover the place trashed. The burglars got away with an electronic reader, a tablet, two pairs of heirloom earrings, and a necklace with a pendant, according to a report.

Laundry snag

Police cuffed a man who they say went into a department store on Fulton Street on March 3, shoved $1,013 worth of clothes into a laundry bag, and tried to flee.

Workers at the store between Hoyt Street and Gallatin Place say they saw the 35-year-old stowing the merchandise in his bag at 10:20 am and called cops. Officers came and arrested the fashion-minded suspect.

Service change

Cops arrested a 23-year-old who they say beat up a man twice his age on a Manhattan-bound N train on March 6.

The 53-year-old victim told police a punk was harassing a woman on the train at 4:40 am and he stepped in to tell the guy to knock it off. The creep pushed the good Samaritan into a pole and busting his head open, police said.

The galoot then punched the guy in the head until the train stopped at DeKalb Avenue and officers arrested him, according to a report.

Inside job

Cops arrested one man in connection with an armed robbery that took place in a Farragut Houses apartment building on March 7.

The 31-year-old victim said she was sitting in the living room of her apartment on York Street between Gold and Bridge streets at 5:30 am with her daughter and her daughter’s father. The father’s brother knocked on the door and, after letting him in, the father took out a handgun and held it to his daughter’s head, according to a police report. The lowlife told the woman, “If you don’t give me what I want, she’s not gonna make it,” cops said.

The scoundrel grabbed the woman’s phone and $1,000 in cash from inside the pad and he and his brother vamoosed, the report said.

The report did not clarify which man was arrested.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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