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Cops: Worker stole $81K worth of company’s MetroCards

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84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown

Swiped

A former employee of a Boerum Place foster care organization stole $81,220 worth of MetroCards between Jun. 1, 2014 and Jan. 31 of this year, officers said.

Administrators of the center between Atlantic Avenue and State Street said the ex-worker was in charge of the organization’s transit account. She made erratic purchases of 21,857 subway passes while working for them, and only 5,613 of the cards were used, according to a police report. That leaves 16,244 cards, worth $5 a piece, unaccounted for, the report says.

Oh, baby

A sneak stole a woman’s purse from her baby stroller while she shopped in a Fulton Street department store on March 2, police said.

The victim said she was shopping in the store between Pearl and Jay streets at noon and had her pocketbook in her stroller. When she went to check on the baby, she noticed the bag was gone, according to the authorities. The purse contained $320 in cash, and debit and credit cards, NYPD officials said.

Shoestring budget

A quick culprit stole a woman’s purse while she tied her shoe inside another Fulton Street store on March 4, cops said.

The victim said she was in the store between Duffield Street and Albee Square West at 4:45 pm. She put her purse down on the ground so she could tie her shoe, and when she was done the bag was gone, according to officers.

The purse contained $2,000 in cash, credit cards, and personal identification papers, a report says.

Putting her foot down

A crook scooped up a woman’s wallet of the floor of a Myrtle Avenue market on March 7, police said.

The victim said she was shopping in the store between Flatbush Avenue Extension and Prince Street at 3:46 pm, when she dropped her billfold. The crook put her foot on the wallet, then picked it up when the victim walked away, according to cops. The victim filmed the incident on her cellphone, a report says. The wallet had $12 in cash, debit, and credit cards, law enforcement officials said.

Two-ring purchase

A thief stole a pair of rings from a Bergen Street woman’s nightstand on Feb. 20, and she suspects it was her cleaning lady or nanny, cops said.

The woman, who lives between Third and Fourth avenues, said she was on her way to work at 9:15 am when she called the cleaning lady to tell her to be careful of the rings, which were on the nightstand in the master bedroom. The worker told her that the rings were not there, according to a police report.

The victim said her platinum wedding band was worth $5,000 and that her 2-karat diamond engagement ring was worth $35,000, officers said.

Cell gone

A pickpocket snatched a woman’s cellphone while she waited in line at a Schermerhorn Street public benefit office on March 3, according to the authorities.

The victim said she was in the office between Bond and Hoyt streets at 4 pm, and put the phone in her coat pocket while she helped her son get some water from the water fountain. She checked her pocket 40 minutes later, and the device was gone, cops said.

Auto-phile

A burglar broke into a man’s car on March 3 while it was parked in a Hoyt Street parking lot, NYPD officials said.

The victim said he left the car in the lot between Fulton and Livingston streets at 5:30 pm and returned at 8:20 the same night. When he came back, he saw that the rear driver’s-side window was smashed and that his laptop along with some paperwork had been taken, police said.

Tech mine

Prowlers stole a bunch of electronics from a Jay Street office sometime overnight on March 4, the authorities said.

An employee for the company between John and Plymouth streets said he or she locked up at 7:15 pm, and when the worker came in at 9:30 the next morning the front-door lock was broken.

The bandits made off with a 70-inch television, two laptops, two electronic tablets, and a bunch of peripherals, police said.

Slash and dash

A fiend slashed a man in the face with a knife at the corner of Bergen and Smith streets on March 7, cops said.

The victim said he was walking to the subway at 1:30 am when the maniac came up and cut him. The villain scrammed and the victim walked to the emergency department where Long Island College Hospital used to be for treatment, according to officers.

Hellbent for leather

Three crooks lifted a total of nine leather jackets from a Fulton Street clothing store on March 7, a report says.

A worker at the store between Elm Place and Hoyt Street said the tricky trio came in at 11:17 am, grabbed the coats, which the store sells for $300 a piece, and skedaddled, police said.

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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