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94th Precinct

Greenpoint–Northside

Where are my manners?

An usually cordial thief robbed a Greenpoint man on Manhattan Avenue on Aug. 5 after introducing himself, cops say.

The victim told the police that a man approached him near the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Clay Street around 4 pm and introduced himself saying, “Hi, I’m David, give me all your money.”

The victim initially resisted but relented after the ruffian held him up against a wall, robbing him of $25 in cash and his MetroCard, and then fleeing the scene, according to a report.

Tattletale

A sloshed slasher attacked two men after an argument outside of a N. Sixth Street coffee shop on Aug. 5, according to the police.

One of the victims told cops he was near Kent Avenue when the marauder started an argument with another man, which resulted in the drunken miscreant stabbing the man in the stomach.

The second victim contacted the authorities, which prompted the inebriated attacker to turn the knife on him, inflicting minor wounds on the victim’s hand, police say. The first victim was later taken to Elmhurst Hospital by his friend.

Proactive pillagers

Two forward-thinking thieves robbed a man of his iPhone on N. Fourth Street on Aug. 5, but not before deactivating the “Find my iPhone” feature, cops say.

The victim was near Roebling Street at 2 am when one of the reprobates grabbed him by the neck from behind, while the other began searching his bag, the victim told police.

One of the ruffians removed the victim’s iPhone and wallet, and forced the victim to deactivate the “Find my iPhone” feature on the phone before fleeing, according to a report.

Close, but no cigar

A slippery nogoodnik snatched a woman’s purse on Banker Street on Aug. 4 and narrowly eluded police after the “Find my iPhone” feature attracted cops.

The victim approached a police officer saying that she had been robbed of her phone earlier in the night. The victim and the officer used Apple’s smartphone-tracking software and found that the phone was near N. 15th Street, police say.

The officer stopped an individual who was walking in the same vicinity and direction that the phone was moving, but did not recover the phone, according to a report. The phone was suddenly turned off after moving another block away, cops say.

— Harry MacCormack

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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