Bodega clerk beans bystander with peanut butter jar during fight

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Jarring encounter

A DeKalb Avenue store clerk accidentally hit a customer in the face with a jar of peanut butter while trying to throw it at a man he was arguing with on Aug. 14, cops said.

The worker was arguing with the guy inside the bodega between S. Portland Avenue and S. Oxford Street at 9:40 am, according to a police report. The ornery customer chucked something at the clerk and he returned fire with the peanut butter, but hit a 19-year-old woman standing nearby instead, the report says.

The woman walked across the street to the Brooklyn Hospital Center for treatment, police said.

Coffee shock

An armed robber held up a Fulton Street cafe on Aug. 22 and bagged cash and a laptop, police said.

Customers reported they were in the cafe between Grand and Classon avenues, at 9:35 pm when the goon barged in with a handgun demanding money.

He ordered one patron to put cash in a bag, officers stated.

“I don’t want to kill anyone,” he jeered, according to the authorities, then pointed the piece at a fellow tapping away on a laptop and ordered him to put it in the pouch, too.

The customers complied and the villain scrammed, police said.

Bag grabs

A pair of thieves snatched two unattended bags in two Fort Greene establishments on Aug. 21, law enforcement officials said..

The 23-year-old owner of the first purse left it alone inside a bar on Lafayette Avenue between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue at 7:30 pm, officers said. She saw two women come in, take the purse, and take off, a report says. The victim told cops she saw the bandits flee on Fulton Street heading back towards S. Portland.

An hour later a 51-year-old woman told cops she was sitting in a restaurant a block away on Fulton Street, between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland, when the roving outlaws strolled in and grabbed her handbag, which was hanging on the back of her chair, cops stated. This time the crooks ran outside and jumped in a car, per the NYPD.

Car crisis

Auto owners reported four car thefts in the area this week, according to the authorities.

• A 59-year-old owner of a 1997 Toyota Corolla said he left his ride at the corner of DeKalb and Willoughby avenues at 2:30 pm on Aug. 16. He returned 45 minutes later and it was gone, police reported.

• A 45-year-old woman said she parked her 2000 Lexus at noon the same day on Clermont Avenue between Greene Avenue and Fulton Street. She came to retrieve the vehicle on Aug. 19 at 8:19 am, and it was nowhere to be found, cops said.

• An antisocial auto-phile drove off in a third auto from its Clermont Avenue parking spot between Aug. 20 and 22, according to a report. The 78-year-old owner of the 2006 Toyota Camry told cops he parked between Willoughby and Myrtle avenues at 11:30 pm on Aug. 20, and went to get it at 9 am two days later, but had no luck.

• The fourth car, a 1999 Honda Civic, disappeared from S. Oxford Street on Aug. 22, officials said. The 39-year-old owner told police he parked the buggy between Lafayette and DeKalb avenues at 1 am, and that when he returned at 11 am, it too had been taken.

Knife taker

A knife-wielding wacko robbed a woman on S. Portland Avenue on. Aug. 19, the authorities said.

The victim said she was walking towards Hanson Place from Atlantic Avenue when the fiend approached her.

“I want to take your bag,” the robber supposedly said.

The lowlife pointed a knife at her, took her bag, and ran down S. Portland back towards Atlantic, according to an NYPD account. The bag contained two pairs of glasses, and a debit and a credit card, the report says.

Visitor violated

A Nebraskan got a rude welcome to Brooklyn when a sneak stole her billfold on the G train on Aug. 18, the authorities reported.

The 28-year-old said she boarded a train in Manhattan at 1:30 am, transferred to a G train in Brooklyn, and rode it to the Clinton–Washington station.

She noticed the wallet gone when she got home, according to cops. The wallet contained credit and debit cards, one of which someone charged $200 to, officers stated.


A cunning thief stole a woman’s wallet out of her purse while she road a B38 bus on Aug. 19, cops said.

The 39-year-old passenger said she was riding the bus at 5:30 pm and knew she had the wallet, which contained debit and credit cards. Someone bumped into her during the ride, and when she got off the bus 15 minutes later at the corner of Lafayette and Washington avenues she noticed her wallet was gone, police said.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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