Schemer tricks man out of $4,000

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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

His unlucky day

A mystery caller duped a 66th street man out of more than $4,000 on June 13, cops said.

The victim, who lives between Third and Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge, said he got a call around noon that he had won the lottery. The caller asked him to wire money back to China, according to police. The victim complied, sending $4,365, officials said.

Cribbed at the curb

An opportunistic larcenist broke into a car on 73rd Street and stole $15 and some credit cards sometime overnight on June 15, police said.

The car’s owner parked his ride in his driveway between 13th and 14th avenues at 11 pm on June 15, but when he returned at 8 am the next day, he found that someone had burgled his buggy, according to the authorities.

Wilhelm screen

A cowardly burglar tried to break into a 76th Street home on June 16, but a woman living there spooked him with a blood-curdling scream.

The woman was hanging out at her home between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue at 3:52 pm when the prowler attempted to break in through a screen covering her kitchen window, police said.

But the woman let out a screech that scared off the would-be thief, law enforcement officials said.

Cafe caper

A knife-wielding purse-snatcher made off with a woman’s handbag after grabbing it in a coffee shop on Seventh Avenue on June 19, officers said.

The woman reported she was sitting at a table inside the establishment between 64th and 65th streets in Sunset Park at 10:45 pm, when the thief plucked it off the table.

The woman confronted the bandit, but he brandished a blade and told her to back off before fleeing the scene, a report states.

— Max Jaeger

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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