Punk takes G train rider’s phone

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Hot pursuit

An elderly man tried and failed to chase down the young punk who snatched his phone on a G train on March 10, cops said.

The spry victim said he was on a Church Avenue-bound G at 2:58 pm when the rascal, who seemed to be about 15 years old, grabbed his phone and darted out of the train at the Bergen Street station, authorities stated.

The 65-year-old chased the teen out of the Warren Street exit of the station, ran to Court Street and all the way down to Union Street before loosing sight of him, according to a police report.

Start-up syndrome

An opportunistic thief snagged a laptop from the front office of a Dumbo tech company on March 10 while its owner used the bathroom, police said.

The employee told police she left a desk near the entrance to the office on Main Street between Front and Water streets at 12:45 pm and, upon returning from the loo 15 minutes later, found the computer was gone.

Jewel thieves

There were two separate jewelry store thefts on March 15 and 16. Here’s how they stack up.

• Cops said a burglar broke into a jewelry store on Fulton Street sometime overnight on March 15 — and stole $3,000 worth of jewelry equipment but no jewelry.

Owners said they locked up the store at 7:30 pm on March 15, and when they opened up at 10 the next morning, they found two closets broken into and the equipment missing. Police found a bent knife at the scene, and the screws removed from a latch on the back door.

• In a separate incident on March 16, police arrested a 39-year-old man at another Fulton Street jewelry store when an employee saw him shove earrings, sunglasses, and other merchandise into his coat pockets before walking out the door, according to reports.

An employee said the crook walked into the store between Albee Square and Duffield Street at 1:33 pm and started grabbing the stuff. When they tried to stop him, he threatened them with a pipe, police said.

Break many 20s

A burglar busted through a Smith Street eatery’s glass door and stole more than $5,000 from an automated teller machine sometime between March 11 and 12, cops said.

The owners of the restaurant between Warren and Wyckoff streets said the scoundrel broke through the front door and stole $5,200 between 11:40 pm on March 11 and 6 am the next day.

Locker raid

A crook broke into a guy’s locker while he exercised at a gym on Livingston Street on March 14, cops said.

The 45-year-old fitness buff said he went to work out at the establishment near Bond Street at 7 pm and, by the time he had finished at 8:45, someone had busted his lock and taken his wallet and watch.


A crook stuffed $1,209 worth of merchandise from a Fulton Street department store into a plastic bag before walking out the door on March 11.

The security guard at the store between Gallatin Place and Hoyt Street said the suspected shoplifter entered at 10:40 am, and left five minutes later with the goods in a bag from the same store he was ripping off.

Unhappy ending

A ruffian attacked an actress for her purse as she tried to enter a residence on State Street on March 9, cops said.

The 66-year-old thespian told cops she was climbing the stairs to the building between Court and Clinton streets at 11 pm when the villain came up from behind and pulled her back down to the sidewalk. The lout then pushed her to the ground, snatched the purse, and took off down the street, according to cops.

The bag contained keys, an appointment book, credit cards, a Screen Actors Guild union card, and $60 in cash, the lady said.

Illicit opportunist

Cops said a goon snatched a man’s wallet from inside an unlocked vehicle parked on Nevins Street on March 14.

The 59-year-old owner said he parked his car between Dean and Pacific streets at 5 am, and when he returned at 5:48 pm the wallet was gone.

Operation fight back

A would-be robber got more than he bargained for when a Henry Street woman fought him off as he tried to snatch her phone on March 13, police reported.

The lady stated that she was leaving her apartment between Joralemon and State streets at 11 pm when the marauder grabbed her arm and tried to grab her phone out of her hand. She threw him off and he ran away, according to a police report.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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