Predatory passengers rob cab driver in Dumbo

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Hack attack

Four bandits robbed a cabbie of a cellphone near the corner of Front and Gold streets on Oct. 23, the authorities said.

The 57-year-old hack said he picked up the quarrelsome quarter at Carlton and Lafayette avenues at 1:50 pm and they asked him to drive to Dumbo.

When the driver stopped the cab, the fiend in the passenger seat grabbed his phone and one of the toughs in the backseat held him down from behind, cops said. All four crooks then took off running, officers recounted.

Grand theft laptop

A lowlife stole 25 laptops from a Jay Street charter school on Oct. 22, according to police.

School administrators reported that an employee responded to an alarm at the school between Tillary and Sands streets at 9:16 pm and discovered the computers missing.

Electricians had access to the building, law enforcement officials said. The laptops are valued at $5,700, the school said.

Pull the thread

Three sneak thieves swiped sweaters and sweat suits from a Fulton Street store on Oct. 19, according to the NYPD.

Employees of the store between Lawrence and Hoyt streets said the tricky trio traipsed in at 6:17 pm and started stealing stuff. They grabbed four sweaters, five sweatshirts, and four pairs of sweatpants, then scrammed, cops said.

The store valued the merchandise at $1,180, according to a police report.

Where’s my two dollars?

Cops cuffed a pair of teens who they say robbed a kid of $2 at the corner of Willoughby and Jay streets on Oct. 21.

The victim’s 63-year-old grandmother said he was walking home at 11:35 am, when the two approached him, threw him to the ground, held him down, and removed $2 from his pocket.

“If you do not give me your money I will punch you in the face,” one of the suspects supposedly said.

Cops arrested a 16-year-old later the same day, and a 17-year-old two days later, officials said.

Cranberry from concentrate

A burglar broke into a Cranberry Street home on Oct. 21 and stole a camera and a computer, cops said.

The 31-year-old resident of the apartment between Hicks and Henry streets said he left his house at 11 am and returned at 8:30 pm to find his front door unlocked and his gadgets gone.

Shaky platform

A crook stole a woman’s cellphone while she stood on the platform of the DeKalb Avenue subway station on Oct. 21, police reported.

The 30-year-old victim said she was standing on the Brooklyn-bound Q train platform at 2:50 pm when a brute wielding a dark cane bumped into her, reached into her purse, and snatched her phone. She boarded a train and watched him recede in the window, along with her phone, cops said.

Locker looted

A crafty criminal broke into a man’s locker while he worked out in a Remsen Street gym on Oct. 22, according to the authorities.

The 28-year-old fitness buff said he went for a workout in the gym between Clinton and Court streets at 5:30 pm and when he got back to the locker room an hour and a half later he found his locker broken open.

The crook made off with $40 in cash and debit and credit cards, cops said.

Hidden ticket fee

A prowler burgled a man’s car while he watched a movie in a Court Street theater on Oct. 23, officers stated.

The 33-year-old victim said he parked his Volkswagen Turbo on State Street between Court and Clinton streets at 10 pm before going to the theater to catch a flick. When he came back at 11:59, the back window was broken and his laptop had been taken, cops said.

Beat street

A pair of brutes bashed their way into a Wyckoff Street apartment on Oct. 24 and smashed up the place, cops said.

An 18-year-old resident of the apartment between Court and Smith streets said he heard a knock at the door at 8:40 pm, just before the dastardly duo broke it down. The teen tried to stop them, but they smashed a television and busted up a chair, a report states.

One way to take up a hobby

A heartless burglar broke into an 85-year-old’s Clark Street apartment sometime between Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 and stole jewelry, a coin collection, and a stamp collection, police reported.

The victim said he last saw the items in his abode between Henry Street and Cadman Plaza West at 2 pm on Oct. 14. He came home on Oct. 21 at 2 pm to find that his front door had been busted open, cops said. The goons made off with three rings, some rare coins, three pens, and the result of years of dutiful philately, according to a police report. The victim estimated that the items were worth $48,000.

Chain in vain

A quick thief snatched a woman’s chain from her neck while she rode a Brooklyn-bound N train on Oct. 25, according to the authorities.

The 53-year-old victim said she was sitting on the train at 11:30 am, and when it pulled into the DeKalb station, a fellow straphanger pretended to be looking at the map, then yanked her necklace off and scooted out the door.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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