Police: Suspect found with straphanger’s missing phone

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76th Precinct

Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill–Red Hook

Naptime to jail time

Cops collared a man who they said swiped a cellphone from a sleepy straphanger on an early morning F train on March 29, according to a report.

The victim fell asleep while riding a Coney Island-bound F train around 4:30 am, and snoozed long enough to reach the end of the line and turn around, police said. When the man finally awoke at the Carroll Street stop in Carroll Gardens, he found his black Motorola cellphone was missing from his pocket, a report said.

Using a cellphone-tracking app the man managed to locate his phone in the pocket of a man hanging out in a chain doughnut shop at the corner of Stillwell and Surf avenues in Coney Island, police said. Transit cops entered the shop, called the victim’s phone, and arrested a 26-year-old man holding the phone after it started ringing, cops said.

Riding dirty

Narcotics patrol cops arrested a driver who they found strapped with a pistol on Richard Street on March 27, according to a report.

Cops pulled a woman and two passengers over at Walcot Street at 7:30 pm after they were spotted idling in a red sedan in a designated bus spot. When the officers sidled up to the window they huffed a strong whiff of weed, a report said.

Police searched the three women and found the driver allegedly toting an unloaded .22 caliber Phoenix Arms semi-automatic pistol and several stolen credit cards, cops said.

Police arrested the driver for firearm possession but let her pals go, according to a report.


A cat burglar crept into an open window while a Clinton Street woman was gone for a half-an-hour stroll around the neighborhood on March 26, according to a report.

The victim took a walk from 6 to 7:30 pm, and when she returned to her apartment between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, she found that someone had used a fire escape to creep into an open window and steal a MacBook Pro she had left on her bed along with a charger, cops said.

— Noah Hurowitz

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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