Car crash turns crime scene when lady holds tools ransom

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Hit and bum

Cops are looking for a 36-year-old woman who they say stole the tools out of a man’s auto after getting into a car crash with him near the intersection of Schermerhorn and Bond streets on March 21.

The 37-year-old victim stated that the collision happened at 9:20 am and, when he realized he did not have his driver’s license, he left on foot to go look for it, handing his keys over to the woman to show that he would come back. When he returned he found his tools — which included a full toolbox, two circular saws, and a drill — missing from his car, according to a report.

The woman told him she had the tools, and that he would not get them back unless he paid for the damage to her vehicle, cops said. He did not agree, and the lady took off, the report says.


Cops are looking for two 17-year-olds who they say beat up and robbed another youngster on Hoyt Street on March 24.

The 15-year-old victim told officers he was at the corner of Bergen Street at 2:30 pm on his way home from school when two ruffians grabbed him from behind. One of the punks started punching him in face and demanded he “run his pockets,” police said. The kid coughed up his cellphone and a Michael Kors watch and the pair of scoundrels pushed him to the ground and kicked him, cops said.

More mean teens

Five teen girls attacked a fellow student in McLaughlin Park on March 27, cops said.

The victim reported she was in the park near the intersection of Jay Street and Cathedral Place at 3 pm, on her way home from school, when the bullies surrounded her and pounced, leaving her with scratches on her face and a bump on the head, according to a police report.

Phone filcher thwarted

Cops cuffed a 15-year-old who they say snatched another teen’s cellphone in front of an Adams Street school on March 25.

The victim, also 15, said he was standing between Fulton and Johnson streets at 2:40 pm when he pulled his phone out his pocket. The suspect snagged the device and ran, but was stopped by a guidance counselor before he got very far, police said.

Subway snatches

Quick-handed thieves struck in two separate subway station incidents this week.

A pickpocket struck on a Coney Island-bound N train on March 25, authorities stated.

The 24-year-old victim told cops a shady character bumped into her as the train was pulling into the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station at 6:20 pm and walked off onto the crowded platform. She moved to pull her phone out of jacket pocket a few minutes later and it was gone, according to cops.

A scalawag snagged a 43-year-old woman’s purse from her shoulder as the train doors shut at the DeKalb Avenue station on March 28, police reported.

The woman was riding a Brighton-Beach-bound B train at 1 am, when the lowlife grabbed her purse and jumped off the train just as the doors were shutting, officers stated. The woman told cops the bag contained $600 in cash, plus debit and credit cards, and her cellphone.

Smith and weapon

Cops are on the lookout for a 26-year-old man who they said robbed a Smith Street grocery store at gunpoint on March 26.

The 37-year-old clerk said the gunman entered into the store, between Dean and Bergen streets, at 4 am wearing a black jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, and a face mask. The bandit leveled a silver gun at the worker and ordered him to put all the money and his cellphone in a bag, police said.

The victim did what he was told and handed over the sack, then was marched to the bathroom by the stick-up man, who fled the scene on foot, according to reports. The villain absconded with $400 and the clerk’s cellphone, cops said.

Race case

A group of galoots accosted a 32-year-old white guy, cursing him and calling him “cracker,” then stealing his wallet in Brooklyn Heights on March 21, cops said.

The victim told authorities he was walking on Pierrepont Street between Clinton Street and Cadman Plaza West at 10:30 am when the fearsome foursome approached.

“What are you doing here, white boy?” one of them asked, according to a report.

Another member of the crew taunted him and called him “cracker,” the report says.

The victim forked over his wallet on command, cops said.


A sneak-thief swiped a 30-year-old woman’s purse from a Fulton Street shoe store on March 24, authorities said.

The woman told police she left her Frank Sarto bag on a chair while she was trying on shoes in the store between Lawrence and Bridge streets at 1 pm and, when she returned, the pouch was gone. She said it contained $600 in cash, an electronic tablet, and debit and credit cards.

State smash

A fiend busted down the door of an apartment on State Street on March 28 and stole a laptop, police said.

The 47-year-old victim reported he left the building between Third and Flatbush avenues at 8:45 am and, when he came back three hours later, the deed had been done, cops said.

Not the free section

A gang of toughs stole a man’s motorcycle from a Gold Street garage on March 27, cops said.

The victim had been trying to sell his 2006 Yamaha on Craigslist and met with two connivers the day before it was stolen from the garage between Concord and Tillary streets, according to a police report.

The cretins did not buy the bike, but the garage manager saw them come back the next day at 1:35 pm and roll it into a blue truck, according to authorities.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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