Crook takes U-Haul name to heart

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Huge haul

A burglar emptied out the U-Haul a man left parked on Park Avenue under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway between March 30 and 31, cops said.

The victim told cops he parked the rented truck between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi streets at 11:30 am and, when he returned at 1:15 the next afternoon, the back gate was open and the truck was empty. The truck contained multiple television sets, a tablet, a laptop, some clothes, and a Rolex watch, officers reported. The stuff was worth $50,300, according to a report.


A lowlife put a 25-year-old man in a chokehold and stole his wallet on Park Avenue on April 2, according to cops.

The victim told authorities he was near Carlton Avenue, walking home from a bar at 1:30 am, when the fiend snuck up behind him, grabbed him around the neck, and snatched his wallet from his pocket. The wallet contained $80 in cash, plus debit and credit cards, the victim said.


A crew of lowlifes stole $490 worth of clothing from a Fulton Street store on April 5, authorities stated.

Owners of the shop between Rockwell Place and Hudson Avenue said the gang came in at 11:28 am and started grabbing the merchandise — including sweatshirts, sweatpants, and Burberry T-shirts, according to a police report.

When an employee tried to stop the galoots from leaving, one of the cretins punched him in the face and spit on him, cops said. Another of the scoundrels tried to open the cash register during the melee, police said.

Hungry man

A famished goon robbed a 36-year-old Chinese-food delivery guy on Lefferts Place on April 6, police said.

The worker was trying to make a delivery between Grand and Classon avenues at 9:25 pm when the villain snagged his food and $47, the victim told cops. The bandit fled into a nearby building, he said.

Fare free

Police arrested a 21-year-old woman for fighting with officers after they caught her beating a fare in the Nevins Street subway station on April 5, officers said.

Cops saw the woman duck under a turnstile at 12:55 pm according to a report. When they approached her, she became agitated and refused to take her hands out of her pockets, police said.

The officers tried to put the accused in cuffs and she fought back, punching one of the cops in the face, the report said.

Bicycle burgled

A burglar stole a bike out of a Clermont Avenue hallway on March 31 and took a second bike out of a basement, but left it behind, according to authorities.

The 37-year-old victim said she went to sleep at 12:05 am in the apartment between DeKalb and Willoughby avenues and woke up to find the one bicycle gone, and the other one moved.

Steal, interrupted

Cops cuffed a 32-year-old man who they say burgled two Grand Avenue homes on April 1 and 3.

The accused struck an apartment between Putnam and Gates avenues at 9:18 pm on April 1, police said. The suspect broke down the front door and the 31-year-old resident went to check out the commotion. The victim told cops he saw the guy trying to steal his bike, but when the suspect saw him, he fled.

Then, on April 3 at 11:20 am, police said the same fellow broke into a house between Gates and Lexington avenues. The victim said she was on the top floor of the house when she heard a loud bang and came down to check it out, according to a police report. She found her bag on the floor with $200 missing, and saw the suspect flee down the street on a bike.

Cops picked the suspect up later that day at 1:45 pm.

Glass go

A vandal and bandit busted into a car parked near the corner of Willoughby and Fleet streets on April 1, making off with some exercise DVDs, a portable music player, some clothes, and a checkbook.

The 47-year-old victim reported she parked the car at 2:45 pm and, when she returned at 4 pm, her rear passenger-side window was smashed and a bag was missing from inside.

Not so fast

Cops caught a teen who they say snatched a woman’s cellphone on S. Portland Avenue on April 3.

The 23-year-old victim told cops she was near DeKalb Avenue at 3:40 pm when the 17-year-old snatched her phone from her hand and tried to scram. Officers caught him before he could get very far and arrested him, according to a report.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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