Shotgun-toting toughs beat and rob two men at burger joint

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Fries with splat

A group of nine punks toting a shotgun beat and robbed a couple as they were leaving a burger place on Atlantic Avenue on July 3, cops said.

A 32-year-old victim told police he and a friend went to the patty palace near Classon Avenue at 3:20 am. As they were leaving, the toughs jumped them, whacking them with their firearm, threatening them, and ultimately knocking them to the floor, according to the police report.

The goons continued to kick and stomp the prone pair before running their pockets, officers said. The crew made off with a couple of credit cards, cops said.

Vested interest

Authorities arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly trying to steal a transit authority vest from a worker on the A-train platform of the Clinton-Washington station on July 1, police said.

A train conductor saw the suspect reach into the 59-year-old worker’s bag after the two had exited the train at the station near Fulton Street at 2:50 am, according to a police report.

The conductor yelled, “get your hand out of her bag!” and the accused pushed the worker before walking away, cops said. Police arrived and arrested the man minutes later, law enforcement officials related.

Blade runner

A brute sliced a man on his ear on Putnam Avenue on July 3, officers stated.

The 45-year-old victim said he got into an argument with the guy near Classon Avenue at 4:15 am, and it came to blows minutes later.

Then the scoundrel pulled a blade from his shoe and slashed the victim on his left ear, cops said. The fiend then hopped in a blue car and scrammed, police said.

Bash can

Police arrested a 34-year-old who they say hit one man with a door and another with a metal trash can on Gates Avenue on June 29.

One of the victims, a 38-year-old, reported he and the suspect got into an argument in front of the building between Clinton and Waverly avenues at 10:15 pm.

The accused slammed a door on the victim’s head, and threw the rubbish receptacle at another man standing nearby, police said.

Bag grab

A quick-moving crook snatched a woman’s purse on Putnam Avenue on July 3, the authorities said.

The 56-year-old said she was walking near the corner of Downing Street at 3 am when the lowlife came up from behind, grabbed her bag, and kept running towards Classon Avenue.

Cough-syrup caper

A couple of bike-riding shoplifters stole a bunch of cough syrup from a Myrtle Avenue pharmacy on July 4, according to a police report.

Store employees said the pair came into the store between Navy and Prince streets at 8:30 pm and swiped bottles of NyQuil, Advil, and a medicine for infants with gas.

Store employees valued the medication at $1,128, cops said.

— Matthew Perlman

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

Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Mr. Perlman:

Crime is serious business. I realize you're trying to make a name for yourself in journalism, but you'd be a lot more credible to report this information without street slang or colloquialisms. Instead of coming of as street-wise, it just sounds forced and ignorant.

As Zane from Fort Greene put it, these are people's lives that have been upended by these acts. It's not a laughing matter.

I will continue to bother your editor and you until I see a change in tone, or at least a reasonable response.
July 11, 2014, 1:09 pm

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