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90th Precinct

Southside–Williamsburg

Con Ed con

A con man claiming to be a Con Edison employee called a Clymer Street business owner and convinced him to fork over money, supposedly to avoid getting his electricity shut off, on March 26, cops said.

The victim told police that the chiseler called the business between Bedford Avenue and Division Street at 2 pm and told him to send a $364 in a pre-paid cash card within half an hour, or else. The sucker sent it and then realized that the scammer did not work for Con Edison, police stated.

Bar stole

A cretin stole a woman’s purse when she left it unattended at a Montrose Avenue bar on March 23, according to a police report.

The 22-year-old victim reported she was at a bar between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street at 4 am when she set her stuff down next to her for about 15 minutes. When she turned to leave, the handbag, which contained her credit card and driver’s license, was gone, officers said.

Roaming free

A teen ripped the phone out of a woman’s hand as she was waiting in the lobby of a Flushing Avenue public housing project on March 24, cops reported.

The victim said she was waiting in the lobby of the house between Bushwick Avenue and Humboldt Street at 6 pm when the young punk ran up to her and grabbed the phone from her hand. The lousy no-good laughed at her and ran off, officials said.

The victim told police that she had seen the robber on Facebook.

Bike-by robbery

A lowlife cyclist snatched an iPhone out of a woman’s hand as she was walking down Olive Street on March 27, police said.

The 33-year-old victim said she was walking at Devoe Street at 8:45 pm when the bandit rode up behind her, grabbed the device, and kept riding.

The woman used an app to track the phone to Stagg Walk, but then the signal was lost, according to authorities.

1-800-SCAM

A scammer tried to convince a Flushing Avenue woman that her family members had been kidnapped for $500 ransom on March 26, a report states.

The woman received the call when she was inside her home between Throop Avenue and Broadway at 3:51 pm, cops said. The voice on the line told her that her family members had been in a car accident and were being held hostage, officers said.

The quick-thinking lady immediately went to the 90th Precinct station house to report the call and did not send any cash, authorities wrote. She then called her family and found out that they are safe and were never kidnapped, police said.

20-finger discount

Two stealth bandits walked into a fancy clothing store on Grand Street on March 28 and walked out with a number of high-end items, cops said.

The manager of the store between Roebling and Havemeyer Streets said the devious duo came in at 6:50 pm, grabbed a designer jacket and three sweaters, and left without paying. Together, the items were worth $1,021, a report shows.

Bad boss

Cops cuffed a Meserole Street business owner who they say attacked his employee when the employee complained about not getting paid on March 24.

The 41-year-old victim told cops he asked his boss about the money he was owed inside of the warehouse between Gardner and Scott avenues at 9:25 am. The manager got mad and hit the victim on the neck with a pen and bashed him in the thigh with a metal pipe, cops reported.

The boss was arrested and charged with felony assault.

— Danielle Furfaro

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

NYPD from NY says:
So where is cryhipster? Why isn't he here to defend his "real Brooklynites"?
LLAB!!!
April 3, 2014, 12:52 pm

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