Burglar goes full ‘Mission Impossible’ with rappelling escape

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Rappelling robber

An acrobatic crook robbed a church on Adelphi Street during the night of Feb. 10, escaping through a second floor window with the help of a rope, police said.

The daredevil made off with $150 in cash from the safe inside the church between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, according to the cops.


Two goons followed a teen into the Clinton-Washington subway station on Feb. 11 and stole his phone, police said.

The 13-year-old told police he was heading down the stairs into the station at 3:45 pm, when terrible twosome pushed him against the wall and said, “Who you be with? Who you beat up?”

One of the louts stood lookout while the other took a cellphone from the kid’s pocket before both vamoosed, police said.

Stalk in the park

Two crooks robbed a man of his wallet at gunpoint in Washington Park on Feb. 11, police said.

The 33-year-old man was walking near Willoughby Avenue at around noon, when the dastardly duo approached and told him, “Give me all of your stuff,” cops said.

The victim forked over his yellow wallet, which contained $20 and credit and debit cards, according to authorities.


Police arrested a ruffian who they say beat up an 18-year-old woman and stole her phone in an apartment in the Ingersoll Houses on Feb. 11.

The lowlife and the lady got into an argument in the flat on Saint Edwards Street between Monument Walk and Auburn Place at 9 pm, cops said. The galoot pinned her to a bed and started choking her and punching her in the back of the head, according to police.

The victim told cops her 19-year-old attacker snatched her phone during the fight and pulled out a black handgun, saying “What happened now.” She fled, and cops arrested the man but did not recover a gun, according to a police report.


Cops cuffed a teen who they say dumped bleach on her ex-boyfriend at his home on Fulton Street on Feb. 10.

The 17-year-old victim reported that his 15-year-old ex showed up at his house between Carlton Avenue and Adelphi Street at 8 am, and confronted him as he left his building.

The villainous youngster was carrying a bottle of bleach and dumped it on his lower back, damaging his jacket and clothes, police said. Cops arrested the girl at her home.

Unexpected guest

A would-be burglar nearly broke into an apartment on S. Oxford Street on Feb. 11, cops said.

A 44-year-old woman heard a loud noise while sitting in her apartment between Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place at 2 pm and, when she went to check it out, she noticed the front door moving and an object poking through the doorjamb, police said.

She screamed and the prowler skedaddled, according cops.

Police investigated and found the creep had entered the building by removing a small window near the front door and reaching inside to open it.

Pooch products pilfered

A thief swiped a package containing dog accessories from the hallway of an apartment on S. Oxford Street on Feb. 12, cops said.

The 29-year-old victim who lives between Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place said his pet supplies never arrived and reported the package missing at 2 pm, according to a police report.

Fine print

Someone opened a new cellphone account in the name of a 53-year-old woman who lives on Cumberland Street sometime before Feb. 7, police said.

The victim, who lives between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, noticed the $161.90 charge on her phone bill late that afternoon, according to a report.

A lot of lotion

A crook snatched $1,088 worth of beauty products from a Myrtle Avenue pharmacy on Feb. 10, police said.

The manager of the store between Ashland and Fleet Place said someone nabbed the products, which included facial cream, lotion, body wash, cocoa butter, and deodorant, at 2:15 pm and took off.


A slick thief snagged an electronic tablet from the hands of a subway passenger near the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station on Feb. 11, cops said.

The 27-year-old victim explained that he boarded a Manahattan-bound Q train at Neck Road at 9:15 am.

As the train pulled into Atlantic, a guy in his 20s grabbed the electronic device and fled into the station, according to cops.

See clearly now

A shoplifter snagged $8,000 worth of eyeglasses from a store on Flatbush Avenue Extension on Feb. 14, according to cops.

The thief entered the store between Fulton Street and Dekalb Avenue at 3:55 pm and scooped up the pricey spectacles from the display case before scramming, police said.


A vandal swiped all four wheels from a parked car on Park Avenue sometime between Feb. 12 and on Feb. 14, according to police.

The car’s 34-year-old owner told police he left the vehicle between Adelphi Street and Clermont Avenue at 5 pm and, when he returned on Feb. 14 at 7 am, his car was missing its tires and rims.

Roaming fee

A thief snatched a woman’s phone as she walked along Lafayette Avenue on Feb. 15, police said.

The 41-year-old victim told cops she was text-messaging her husband while walking near Carlton Avenue at 2 pm when the bandit came out of no where and grabbed the device, then took off towards Cumberland Street.

Thieve the tip

A crook stole a woman’s wallet from her purse in a restaurant on Fulton Street on Feb. 15, cops said.

The 35-year-old victim left her bag unattended on a bench in the restaurant between Washington Avenue and St. James Place at 11:30 am and when she came back the wallet was gone, according to police. She told cops it contained some cash, a passport, and a debit card.

Where in the world

A scoundrel plundered a global positioning system and a laptop from a car parked on Adelphi Street on Feb. 16, police said.

The 43-year-old owner parked his vehicle between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues at 4 am and, when he returned at 11 am, the passenger-side window was smashed and the items were missing, according to cops.

Civic booty

An anti-social auto-phile drove off in someone else’s 1992 Honda Civic on Ashland Place sometime overnight on Feb. 11, according to police.

The 38-year-old owner said he left the car between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Street and 9 pm and returned at noon the next day to find it gone.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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