NYPD: We got Atlantic gym backpack thief

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Bag man booked

Cops cuffed a man who they say stole two bags from an Atlantic Avenue gym on Feb. 20 and 24, while the owners played basketball.

• The first victim said he left his backpack next to the court in the gym between Court Street and Boerum Place at 2:30 pm on Feb. 20.

He noticed the bag gone five hours later, cops said. The bag contained $20 in cash, a pair of Jordans, a leather jacket, a cellphone, and other items, according to police.

• The second victim said he was playing ball on Feb. 24 from 3:08 until 3:26 pm. At the end of his game, he noticed the bag, which contained $16 in cash, a debit card, an electronic music player, a cellphone, and other items, had been taken, officers said.

In both case, security footage supposedly shows the suspect take the bag into the bathroom, remove the goods, and leave, according to a police report. Cops picked up the accused on Feb. 24, the report says.

Chopper down

Someone swiped a motorcycle from Dean Street sometime between Feb. 17 and Feb. 22, according to police.

The victim said he left his blue 2015 Bavarian Motor Works between Court Street and Boerum Place at 7 am on Feb. 17. When he returned four days later at 10 am, it was gone, cops said.


A bandit burgled a Schermerhorn Street apartment on Feb. 24 while the victim was out running errands, police said.

The victim said she left the building between Court Street and Boerum Place at 11 am, and did not return until 6:30 pm. When she got in she noticed her laptop and a bunch of jewelry was gone from the apartment, according to the authorities.

The rings, necklaces, watch, and bracelets are worth $27,850, the victim said.


A sneak stole a woman’s wallet onboard a D train on Feb. 24, a report says.

The victim said she boarded the Brooklyn-bound train at Grand Street on the distant island of Manhattan at 5:40 pm, and that a ne’er-do-well followed her on. The fiend was standing close behind her when she felt a sharp tug on her purse, and when the train stopped at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station, he disembarked, and she subsequently noticed her wallet gone, according to the NYPD.


Another pickpocket struck at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station on Feb. 25, removing a victim’s cellphone from her backpack as she ascended the stairs, officers said.

The victim said she got off of a Coney-Island-bound D train at 5:40 pm and headed up the stairs. A witness told her that the crook unzipped her bag and removed the phone, and pointed out the thief, cops said.

The victim confronted the scoundrel and she denied any wrongdoing, saying, “I didn’t take anything,” then scrammed, according to a police report.


A careful crook cut a man’s pockets and removed his phone and wallet while he slept on an N train on March 1, cops said.

The victim said he was sleeping on the Coney-Island-bound train and woke up at 5:30 am at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station to find his pockets cut. The rapscallion made off with a cellphone and a wallet, which contained $1,000 in cash, debit, and credit cards, according to officers.

Blocking pedestrian traffic

Police arrested a teen who they say bit an officer and resisted arrest on Feb. 27, after he and three friends blocked a staircase leading out of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station.

A cop reported that the teens were preventing people from moving up the stairs of the station at 5:32 pm. When officers approached the group, the suspect supposedly became agitated and refused to budge and bit one on both hands, according to a report.

Gang mean

A group of goons punched a teen in the face on Smith Street and tried to steal his phone on Feb. 27, cops said.

The victim said he was between Dean and Bergen streets at 3:50 pm when the quarrelsome quintet came up and demanded his phone. When he refused, one of the toughs punched him in the face, fracturing his nose, according to a police report.

The fiends took off running without the phone, and emergency medical workers took the teen to New York Methodist Hospital, the report says.

Phone-y business

A pair of crooks stole four cellphones from a Montague Street store on Feb. 25, according to law enforcement officials.

An employee said the deceptive duo came into the store between Henry and Clinton streets at 7:57 pm, grabbed two phones each, and fled. The worker did not see the incident happen, but video footage shows the quick-moving thieves at work, a report says.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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