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Playing easy to get: Brooklyn Bridge Park is thieves’ haven

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s new basketball and handball courts are all fun and games — until somebody’s stuff gets stolen.

The new sports facilities have become a hot spot for thefts since they opened in Brooklyn’s front yard in May, according to crime reports. There have been 15 robberies and thefts in the park since June, with eight in August alone, according to this paper’s police blotters. Most of the crimes involved people leaving their stuff unattended, especially while playing basketball or handball, the local top cop said.

“A lot of people, when they’re enjoying the park, leave their bags lying around,” said Capt. Sergio Centa, commanding officer of the 84th Precinct.

That is exactly what happened in the latest reported crime, when a sneak stole a man’s bag inside the park on Oct. 1, police said.

The 30-year-old victim told cops he was near the entrance on Joralemon and Furman streets at 9:55 pm, and left his bag sitting out for five minutes. When he returned the bag, which contained a canteen, debit and credit cards, and a cellphone, was gone, cops said.

Park honchos expect the crowds to get bigger as the amenities expand — and police say the crime will get worse, too.

“It’s something we’ll be looking at as the park continues to grow,” Centa said.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Chachi says:
Notice: Do not leave your valuables unattended at any time.
Notice: I don't want my taxpayer dollars to protect your unattended valuables at any time.
Oct. 11, 2014, 8:48 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Are you telling me that bags left unattended in crowded areas might very well be absconded with by some brigand? Oh deary me what ever is next?

Maybe if we leave Carmine there unattended someone will do us all a favor and take him away too.
Oct. 11, 2014, 8:57 am
Peter from Brooklyn Heights says:
>Chachi says: I don't want my taxpayer dollars to >protect your unattended valuables at any time.

So Chachi, you don't want police to patrol your block? Isn't your house/apt an 'unattended valuable'? How about your car parked on the block?
Oct. 11, 2014, 12:17 pm
Sam from Bk says:
Only transplants would leave their stuff unattended. Well deserved.
Oct. 11, 2014, 12:50 pm
ty from pps says:
that's not nice. they should ask me.
Oct. 11, 2014, 12:59 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
@sam i agree, also i coulda swore years ago that nobody really cared about that part of BK when it was just regular folks living in that area. Now all of a sudden, gullables from out of town heard it was "up & coming". Its only gonna get worse with all of the new wealth coming in.
Oct. 11, 2014, 1:05 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
leave your stuff - no expectation of finding it - finders keepers
Oct. 11, 2014, 5:15 pm
Welcome to BK says:
jjm, nope I was referring to the mostly white trash that persists in my neighborhood. You are the racist here for assuming that the description above was code for black people.
Oct. 13, 2014, 8:15 am
NYPD from NY says:
hahahahahhaha. Welcome to BK hit the nail on the head, i see this behavior all day/every day.
Oct. 13, 2014, 8:16 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
surprised they didn't build lockers for the courts and fields.
Oct. 13, 2014, 8:32 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
sorry bk - nice try to remove foot from mouth
Oct. 13, 2014, 8:54 am
JD from Williamsburg says:
Yep, welcome to BK, racist either way.
Oct. 13, 2014, 9:41 am
sajh from brooklyn says:
I agree that tourists, both short-term and medium stay tourists, are pretty naive and feel no pity for this situation. I'm sure the people being robbed are the same ones that would wait in line for 40 mins after their park visit for a seat at Pok Pok or Shake Shack.
Oct. 13, 2014, 9:47 am
Claire from Cobble Hill says:
You shouldn't talk about yourself that way. You must have at least one redeeming quality. On second thought....
Oct. 14, 2014, 2:26 am
William from Billsburg says:
I don't remember seeing any articles about crime at BBP until the basketball courts were opened. OOOOhhh thats racist. Let us all forget that the facts are just the facts. The people at the courts, victims and perps as well , are not transplants from Michigan and Ohio. Just what it is.
Oct. 19, 2014, 8:28 am

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