Loss hog: Rash of motorcycle robberies sweeps Williamsburg, Greenpoint

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Talk about hot wheels.

A rash of motorcycle robberies swept the streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint last week, according to police reports.

• A woman told cops she heard someone shuffling around outside the window of her Graham Avenue apartment, between Newton and Bayard Streets, at around 4 am on Sept. 14. She peered out the window and saw a shadow, then went outside to find her motorcycle missing, police said.

• Authorities say a motorcyclist parked his ride at Kent Avenue and N. Third Street at around midnight on Sept. 15, but when he came back at 1:30 am, it was nowhere to be seen.

• A guy parked his bike on Engert Avenue near Humboldt Street at 11 pm on Sept. 15, but by the time he returned at 8 am the following morning it was gone, according to a police report.

• Cops say a thief cut the chain binding a guy’s motorcycle to the gate in front of his Sutton Street apartment between Nassau and Driggs Avenues sometime between 3 am and 10 am on Sept. 19.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Matt from Greenpoint says:
I am surprised this does not happen more often, as putting a motorcycle in the back of a truck is probably safer than driving around in a stolen car.
Sept. 23, 2015, 9:34 am
Brian Murphy from Greenpoint says:
Speaking of motorcycles:
My dear 94th Precinct police officers:
With all due respect to your other responsibilities and duties, I have a question.
WHY aren't you doing anything to curb the roaring / speeding motorcycles plaguing our neighborhood more and more frequently?
They come down both residential and main streets at incredible speeds, roaring so loud that they set off car alarms in their wake. And they do this over and over again. Are you gonna wait till they mow down some unfortunate pedestrians (or drivers) before taking action? These law breakers are more than a nuisance = they are a danger.
Just asking.
Sept. 23, 2015, 9:42 am
jjm from c. hill says:
I prove my point time & time again. If these fools would quit being a bunch of sheep & stop following the next person to the "hot" neighborhoods in bk, there wouldnt be any of this mess. But i see some people dont listen. You guys are still overcrowding certain parts of bk with all of your goodies in tow & think nyc is a paradise where crime is nonexistent. The thieves & muggers are the real smart ones if you ask me. But hey, nobody listens until they get punched in the face & get their belongings snatched or their motorcycles stolen.
Sept. 23, 2015, 10:06 am
Residente from Greenpoint says:
The people stealing these bikes are just doing the police's job - motorcycle noise pollution in N. Brooklyn has gotten out of hand.
Sept. 24, 2015, 9:20 am
willy from williamsburg says:
re: jjm

The old blame the victim routine eh? So somehow a neighborhood full of thieves and violence is better than people with money? Or is your point that stealing and mugging is some kind of solution instead of a problem?
Oct. 15, 2015, 12:56 pm

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