A trio of tricksters stole $35,000 and jewelry from an elderly 24th Avenue woman on Nov. 5 after feeding her a cock-and-bull story about evil spirits, cops said.
Three young women approached a 74-year-old woman at a restaurant on the corner of 86th Street and 24th Avenue in Bath Beach at 11:25 am, told her there were malicious specters following her, and said the only way to rid herself of the spirits was to bless her money and jewelry, police recounted. The woman went home, filled a bag with the cash and jewels, and gave it to the three young con artists to bless, a report states.
The handoff went down on 24th Avenue between 83rd and 84th streets, law enforcement officials said. When the devious trio returned the bag, they told the woman not to open it for two weeks, but the victim became suspicious and opened it after only a few hours, police said. Upon peeking inside, the victim found a jug of water, packages of gelatin desert, and an old newspaper, officers stated.
Pickpockets nicked a guy’s cellphone after he got off the subway at 86th Street and 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst on Nov. 6, cops said.
The victim was on the phone as he left the station at 4 pm, police said. He wrapped up the call, and shortly thereafter a group of four tricksters bumped into him, according to the authorities.
Later, the victim reached for his phone and realized it was gone, along with $30, police said. The victim used a phone-tracking application to determine the device was in Sunset Park, but the thieves turned off the phone and now it cannot be located, per the NYPD.
Cops collared a guy who allegedly tried to lift $400 from a purse at a 86th Street salon on Nov. 5.
A witness saw the suspect reach into the handbag left unattended at a spa between Bay 16th and Bay 17th streets in Bath Beach at 4:11 pm and called the police, law enforcement officials said.
Upon arresting the man, officers found a knife, a straw, and glassine residue that appeared to be heroin, police said.
A prowler stole $330 from a Bay Parkway church on Nov. 7, cops reported.
A church worker was on his way to work at the house of worship between 81st and 82nd streets at 5:30 pm when he noticed the basement window was open, police said.
In the basement, the man found someone had ransacked a closet, so he went upstairs to check the rest of the building, per a report. The man checked a desk drawer and found that someone stole $330 from the church collection plate, officers said.
— Max Jaeger