Surly straphanger attacks, spits on bus-driver, grabs wheel

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown


Cops arrested a 20-year-old who they say attacked a bus driver on Adams Street on April 20.

The driver said he was heading in the direction of the Brooklyn Bridge at 4:11 am when the accused started spitting and hitting him in the face at Tillary Street.

The suspect also grabbed the steering wheel while the bus was in motion, nearly causing it to crash, according to a police report. Authorities took the 54-year-old driver to Brooklyn Hospital Center for treatment, the report says.

Sleeper hold

A tricky thief cut a sleeping man’s sweatshirt pocket to get at his phone and wallet on an A train on April 9, the authorities reported.

The victim said he boarded a Manhattan-bound A train at Euclid Avenue at 2 am, fell asleep, and woke up a half hour later at Jay Street to find the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt cut and his phone, headphones, and wallet removed.

The victim’s bank said $150 was charged to his debit card, according to a police report.


Cops cuffed a lady who they say stole three dresses, four pairs of shoes, and other clothes and accessories from a department store on Fulton Street on April 21.

Store workers said they saw the 36-year-old woman trying to leave the store, between Gallatin Place and Hoyt Street, without paying at 12:30 pm. Cops responded and made the arrest, according to a police report. The stuff was worth $1,160, the report says.

Not your savings account

A burglar broke into a parked car on Henry Street on April 21 and stole $20,000 from the glovebox, cops said.

The 20-year-old victim told officers he parked between Pineapple and Orange streets at 2:45 pm and returned at 3:30 pm to find the glove compartment lock broken open, and a screwdriver on the front passenger-side seat.

The victim told cops he uses the car for business, and said the same thing had happened before, according to a police report. He suspects that one of his suppliers is targeting him, the report says.

Caddy lack

A sneaky sport-lover snatched a whole set of golf clubs from the trunk of a man’s car parked on Pacific Street on April 19, law enforcement officials stated.

The 34-year-old victim told the authorities he parked his vehicle between Bond and Nevins streets at 9 pm, with his golf bag in the trunk. When he returned at 8 am the next day, the driver’s-side door was open and the clubs were gone, according to a police report. The victim said the clubs were worth $4,514, the report says.

Double trouble

A pair of Water Street restaurants got the break-in treatment sometime overnight on April 17, police said.

Workers from the businesses, which share a building beneath the Brooklyn Bridge between New Dock and Old Fulton streets, said the place was secure when they left at 7 pm on April 17. But when they went to open the next day at 4:15 am, they noticed a broken rear window and a brick sitting nearby, according to a police report.

Between the two restaurants, two registers, a safe, a printer, and $700 in cash went missing, the report says.

Wallet woes

A crook rifled through a sleeping man’s bag on a Brooklyn-bound A train on April 15 and laid hands on his wallet, police reported.

The 20-year-old victim boarded the train at in Manhattan at 1:35 pm and fell asleep with his bag on the floor between his feet, cops said.

A fellow passenger woke him up at High Street and told him someone had just gone through his bag, the authorities related. The witness pointed out the crook just as he was exiting the train, a police report says. The victim then found his wallet was missing, it says.

Snatch: The crime

Brazen thieves struck twice in one day on April 15, stealing from an elderly woman and a young woman in separate incidents.

A quick crook grabbed the wallet out of a 70-year-old woman’s hand and ran into the Borough Hall subway station on April 15, cops said.

The senior reported she was walking on Joralemon Street between Court Street and Boerum Place at 1:45 pm when the punk struck. He made off with a MetroCard and $40 in cash, according to police.

Cops are after another thief who they say snatched a woman’s phone from her back pocket in the Jay Street–Metrotech subway station later the same day.

The 24-year-old victim said she was heading down the stairs near the entrance on the corner of Lawrence and Willoughby streets at 8:05 pm when the marauder came up from behind, grabbed the phone out of her rear pants pocket, and ran out of the station.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Concerned Citizen from Park Slope says:
No crime in the 78th and the 72d?
May 8, 2014, 2:03 pm

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